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October 2019

Congratulations all round

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A run of good news in the ERME Lab over the last few weeks:

First, Hazel WON the Winnovation award (rural, regional and remote category) – which is a great recognition for our Port Pirie metals/sediment project

Both Bohan and Yingjie finished (and passed!) their MSc projects

Antony has gotten a job as an Environmental Adviser […]

September 2019

Hazel a finalist in 2019 Winnovation awards

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Congratulations to Hazel for being nominated as a finalist in the Regional, Rural and Remote category of the South Australian Winnovation Awards. Hazel is nominated for her work on our project re-imagining the contaminated sediments near smelters in Port Pirie as as a resource to recover and repurpose desirable metals. We’ve got a long […]

July 2019

Having a good month!

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Antony is having a pretty good July – and certainly a much warmer month that the rest of us back in Adelaide. First stop the SETAC conference in Darwin, where he was runner up in the best student poster competition. Then off to London for his viva, where he successfully defended his PhD. […]

June 2019

Climate Change Impacts on Oyster Reproduction

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New paper just out on the potential effects of climate change on reproduction in oysters. Led by Laura Falkenberg (now at the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and with CAS and Jon Havenhand from Tjarno Marine Lab helping, this work looked at how changed pH and salinity in predicted future climates affect sperm motility […]

May 2019

Well Done Antony!

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Antony Lockyer has handed up his PhD thesis on the potential use of marine invertebrate sperm as endpoints for marine ecotoxicological testing. In return he was handed some (now traditional) marine themed balloons – in this case representing a fish swimming in a seawater/copper solution…..it was too hard to find (or ask for) a […]

April 2019

New Social Licence Paper

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Allie Mitchell and Craig have just published a paper on community consultation in the journal The Extractive Industries and Society. The paper is based on work Allie did for her MSc project in UCL’s MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources in 2017.

Based on a series of interviews Allie did in South Australia, the paper […]

March 2019

Congratulations Dr Niner

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Holly’s thesis has been accepted and her PhD awarded. Since handing in she’s also published a sneaky paper in Frontiers in Marine Science and lined up a job in Denmark: plus, there’s more papers to come from her thesis. With this sort of momentum, watch out world!

February 2019

Doing Ecotoxicology Experiments Right

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First paper from Antony’s PhD is now available – Importance of sperm density in assessing the toxicity of metals to the fertilization of broadcast spawners. In the paper Antony shows that the way many ecotoxicology tests are done can lead to underestimation of toxicity – it depends on a) whether the action of the toxicant […]

UCL Open: Environment

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UCL Press has just launched a new open access megajournal UCL Open: Environment which focuses on environment-related research and will include contributions from life and earth sciences, as well as medical, physical, population, engineering, and social sciences. Much like founding principles of UCL, the philosophy of the journal is to challenge the status […]

January 2019

2019 Begins

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This year has begun with Craig teaching a summer intensive course for UniSA: Coastal Environments – 34 students for two weeks of lectures, practicals and visiting various coastal sites around Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Antony and Holly have helped out with demonstrating and a guest lecture, respectively. A great bunch of enthusiastic […]

December 2018

A good finish to the year

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End of our first busy, but productive year based at the Mawson Lakes campus. 

A highlight this month has been Holly Niner handing up her PhD thesis:  Aligning economic development and conservation through marine biodiversity offsetting: An analysis of perspectives, policy and practice in Australia.   You can read some of Holly’s papers here, here, here and […]

November 2018

Fun, sun and……metals?

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Last week Hazel and Craig started collecting sediment samples from across Port Germein as part of their  Metals in Port Pirie Sediments project.  While it was hot (especially for early November!), at least the seas were calm and we covered a lot of ground (sea), collecting water quality and sediment samples from more than 50 […]

October 2018

Future Industries Accelerator Scheme Success

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Congratulations to Hazel and Nyrstar, who have been successful in winning a mobility grant within the Futures Industries Accelerator Scheme.  The grant will embed Hazel in with the Environment team at the Nyrstar smelter in Port Pirie for a couple of days a week next year, where she will work through the smelter’s extensive archives […]

August 2018

ROV’ing about

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Finally had the chance to test out the group’s microROV (‘Bluey’) at a local marina. Our version of the BlueROV2 is equipped with an USBL positioning system, small gripper, lights, HD camera and enough backup batteries to go all day. It’s rated to  100 m depth and has 150 m of tether.

Works a treat and […]

July 2018

PhD Student Opportunity – Modelling Metals in Marine Sediments

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We’re looking for a PhD student to join our group to work on a project to help assess the distribution and fate of metals in marine sediments adjacent to a large lead and zinc smelter in South Australia. The project will develop an industrial-ecological (systems) model of the dynamics of metal contamination marine sediments, incorporating both […]