Congratulations to barefoot PhD student Ashly McMahon for completing his PhD titled “Ecosystem calcification and production in two Great Barrier Reef coral reefs: Methodological challenges and environmental drivers”. Lots of adventures along the way – we hope you enjoyed the journey!
The Barefoot Team just picked SCU’s 2018 Excellence in Engagement Awards for their work with water quality!
The Engaged Research award went to Prof. Isaac Santos, Mr Shane White, Mr Stephen Conrad, A./Prof. Christian Sanders “For community-driven water quality research to protect, rehabilitate and manage iconic streams, estuaries and the Solitary Islands Marine Park.”
Here is a link to a video featuring our community-star PhD student Shane White explaining this work.
It is a pleasure to host our new PhD student visitors!
Mithra-Christin Hajati comes from Nils Moosdorf’s lab at the ZMT Germany and will further develop her SGD modelling work.
Xiaogang Chen comes from Jinzhou Du’s lab at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research Shanghai, China. He will work on geochemical tracers and carbon cycling in mangroves.
We look forward to hanging out with them and learning about their work!
Congrats to barefoot PhD student Kay Davis for winning the best presentation at SCU’s RISE Conference last week. Kay’s presentation was on “Short- and long-term drivers of coral reef ecosystem metabolism”.
And congrats to another barefoot PhD student James Tucker for the third place with his talk “Tracing the leachate plume of whale carcass decomposition in beach groundwater”.
Great projects, great work, and great delivery!
We say farewell to “Tunga” Dr. Batsaikhan Bayartungalag, our Endeavour Scholar visiting from Mongolia working on groundwaterpollution. It was an honour to host you and look forward to further collaboration!
Blending family and work life. Great weekend away at Nymboida Canoe Centre!
Add plumbing and electrical work to the list. Check out happy barefoot PhD students Kay and Ash after conquering a beast named VINDTA with gentle hands, driven hearts, creative brains, and full support from coffee.
Isaac and Douglas just returned from a week in Kerala, India.
Isaac is advising on the creation of a national network project on submarine groundwater discharge by colleagues from the National Centre for Earth Science Studies and other >20 Indian institutions.
The crew performed initial investigations in beaches, mangroves, and enjoyed the local food and hospitality. They also trained Indian colleagues on some of the SGD techniques.
Further collaborative research is planned for the near future with the exchange of students and research tools.
From the 1st to the 10th of February a small barefoot team consisting of Phd candidate Michael reading, IP student Kylie Maguire, Douglas Tait and Dirk Erler travelled to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands to investigate groundwater contribution to nutrient budgets and greenhouse gas emissions. The Lagoon has extensive eutrophication issues and as a result a coral to macro algae dominated phase shift is evident. The research will be used to identify potential mitigation measures as part of a larger international collaboration including both industry and other universities.
The team conducted time series sampling, spatial surveys and sediment incubations in the lagoon in addition to sampling creek surface water and groundwater at a range of monitoring wells adjacent to the lagoon. Radon and Radium isotopes were measured to quantify pore water exchange, fresh groundwater seepage and water residence time in the lagoon. Physiochemical parameters, nutrient and greenhouse gas levels were also measured in ground and surface waters and denitrification rates were measured in sediment using closed incubation chambers.
Overall, a lot of fun was had over the 8 massive days (and nights) in the field. All objectives were met despite some equipment issues (que the sinking kayak) and local tv and newspaper interviews.
Big congratulations to Jackie Webb, Mahmood Sadat-Noori and Marnie Atkins for finishing their PhD, and Luke Jeffrey for finishing his Honours degree. Luke and Jackie were given university medals for their Honours and PhD work – this is a very prestigious award reserved to only a few! The crew had a genuine barefoot celebration after removing fancy gowns - party at Lake Ainsworth with muddy kids, good swimming, and a typical Australian summer dinner – fresh prawns on the beach!