April 2017

New MSc Students

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This month we say hello to two new MSc students from London, Xuejin Zhu and Alexandra Mitchell, both in Australia to do their research projects as part of the MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources.  Both will be working on Social Licensing projects in conjunction with local mining operators in the Adelaide Hills and […]

March 2017

CAS appointed as Acting Head of UCL Australia

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With our current Head of Department, Prof Magnus Nyden, leaving soon for a position in industry, Craig will be acting head of department at UCL Australia until the end of the year.  We wish Magnus all the best in his new position as Chief Scientist at AksoNobel and thank him for all of his efforts […]

February 2017

New Year, New Papers

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Somehow it’s Feb 2017 already  – but a bunch of papers have appeared from the ERME lab over the Christmas/New Year break:

No Harm, No Foul? Expert Views on the Future Direction of Marine Anti-Biofouling Technologies. A conference paper on stakeholder’s perceptions of the likely directions for anti-fouling paint research, authored by our UCL Australia […]

December 2016

ERME Lab go on Writing Retreat

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Last week the ERME group spent a few days away from the office/lab at Moonta Bay on the Yorke Peninsula.  Craig, Hazel, Holly, Antony and Chaos the Dog spent a few days working on manuscripts, interspersed with some snorkelling and a trip up to Port Pirie to have a look around.  Chaos continued his ongoing […]

November 2016

New Research Published – Cryptic Species in a Globally Invasive Estuarine Worm

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Craig has just had a new paper published about  unrecognised (cryptic) species in one of the world’s most invasive estuarine species, the tubeworm Ficopomatus enigmaticus.  With colleagues from the Australian Museum and Deakin University, we had planned to look at the genetic make-up and connectedness of populations of Ficopomatus among different estuaries across Australia – in part […]

October 2016

Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium (AORES)

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I recently attended the inaugural Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium (AORES) in Melbourne. This event was sponsored largely through the Commonwealth Government Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and CSIRO in partnership with the University of Tasmania (and the Australian Maritime College) and Swinburne University.

The symposium brought together a good mix of developers, academics and researchers […]

Hej från Sverige

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Hello from Sweden.

Craig is at Tjärnö Marine Lab (University of Gothenburg) for a few days break from London, visiting his colleague Professor Jon Havenhand.  As well as solving most of the world’s problems (at least theoretically), Craig and Jon are finishing up a couple of manuscripts based on work that former post-doc Laura Falkenberg started last […]

SETAC Hobart 2016

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The 2016 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia (SETAC-AU) conference was held in Hobart, Tasmania (4-7 October). The conference was themed “industry, Science and Environment: Towards a Sustainable Future” and attracted key academic, government and industry personnel from Australia and Around the World.

Dr. Christian Ritz hosted a pre-conference workshop entitled: “Statistical methods in ecotoxicology using […]

UCL – UniSA Workshop

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Yesterday, Craig ran a workshop “A systems approach to Energy & Resources Management” on the Bloomsbury campus.  Five participants travelled over from UniSA in Adelaide, a couple (Craig and Magnus) from UCL Australia and another dozen or so came from across the Faculty of Engineering/Bartlett in London.  A very successful day all round, with some […]

Term starts in London

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Craig is in London for two weeks, teaching in the new MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources. For once, the weather in the UK was better on arrival than what Craig left in Adelaide.

August 2016

International Marine Conservation Congress 4, Newfoundland, Canada

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The  International Marine Conservation Congress 4 (IMCC4) hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada from July 30th to August 3rd 2016. The meeting brings people together from all areas of marine conservation – academic, education, practitioners, students – together to developing thinking to further conservation science and […]

Marine biodiversity offsets and the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section

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Nicki Shumway (far right) brought Hedley Grantham, Martine Maron, Justine Bell-James, Guy Dutson, Me (Holly Niner) and Prue Addison together to talk all things relating to marine biodiversity offsets at SCBO, Brisbane in July. Great to meet everyone and lots to get the brain going…


July 2016

Congratulations Suzanne

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Last week in Perth Suzanne gave birth to Ezekiel Jaziel Roshan.  Well done and best wishes from all  of us in the ERME group Suzanne….the MSc thesis will be a walk in the park by comparison!

May 2016

New Research on Desalination Published

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Congratulations to Masha on publishing part of her  PhD work on optimising water treatment processes, with a new paper just out: ‘Optimal Design of Water Treatment Processes’ in the journal Desalination and Water Treatment. In the paper Masha has used mixed integer non-linear programming (MINLP) modelling to develop a a general approach for the (optimal) […]

April 2016

Social Licence to Operate

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On the way back from London, Craig called into Brisbane for a workshop on ‘Social Licence to Operate’ issues, held at QCAT at CSIRO.  Craig presented a summary of how SERAG011 Social Licensing has developed at UCL Australia – which was great to share with so many of the people whose research we talk about during […]