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AMSA WA Evening 13 September 2016
Insights into the pearling industry
Presenter: Bill Reed, AMSA 40yr Honorary Life Member
Date/Time: 13 Sep, 17:30-18:00
Cost: Free for AMSA members, $10 for non-members*
Details: At the recent 2016 AMSA AGM, Honorary Life Membership was granted to Bill Reed. He has been an AMSA member for 40 years and is one of very few WA members to have received this honour. He will be taking us on a short journey through the pearling industry in Broome.
Followed by tea, coffee & snacks.
Dialogue, not dissemination - a science communication workshop
Presenter: Dr. Ann Grand
Date/Time: 13 Sep, 18:30-19:30
Cost: Free for AMSA members, $10 for non-members*
Details: This session will invite you to think about ways to engage effectively in different types of venues, with different audiences, and outside the academic environment. How do you identify different publics? Prepare for having a conversation about your work, rather than giving a lecture? Cope without PowerPoint? Effectively use digital media to engage audiences?
Location: Curtin University
Annual AMSA WA Rottnest Student Workshop 23-24th June 2016
The 13 th annual AMSA WA student workshop was held on the 23 rd to 24 th June on Rottnest Island and was a resounding success. Almost 30 postgraduate students from Murdoch, University of Western Australia, ECU and Curtin attended and gave presentations about their research in a relaxed peer environment.
Prizes for the best talks were;
- 1st Belinda Martin (UWA) The seagrass rhizophere; understanding the bottom to control the top
- 2nd Sara Hajbane (UWA) Patterns of plastic pollution in offshore, nearshore and estuarine waters of Perth, Western Australia
- Joint 3rd Robert Hemsworth (UWA) The tropicalisation of temperate reefs: Changes in marine invertebrate community structure along a tropical-temperate transition zone
- Joint 3rd Caitlin Rae (Curtin) The role of Ocypode convexa (Golden ghost crab) as a consumer on sandy beaches in Western Australia
The winners were presented with ‘Discovering Scott Reef’ books kindly donated by AIMS.
The workshop was also attended by guest speakers Holly Raudino (DPaW), Chandra Salgado Kent (Curtin) and Ben Davis (Oceanica) who gave presentations about their careers in marine science and advice on developing our own careers as a graduate. These were extremely informative and entertaining with invaluable advice gained from the presentations. AMSA WA would like to thank our sponsors for the event AIMS, Murdoch University, Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University and University of Western Australia. Also, thanks the AMSA student reps Sarah Marley, Harriet Davis, Caitlin Rae, Sian Glazier and Krista Nicholson for organising the event and Alicia Sutton for her help with organisation and securing sponsors. Already looking forward to next year!
Marine Snapchat 21st June 2016
If you are in the field of marine science, come along and hear what your fellow WA marine researchers, consultants and operators are working on. Do you have some exciting results to share, have a new sampling method or product that can benefit marine science, or would you like to advertise for future collaborations? Then here is your chance to deliver a punchy one minute, one slide presentation to fellow colleagues. Contact Alicia Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
When: 5:30 - 8:30 PM 21st June 2016
Where: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University
AMSA WA Honours Prize Night Winners- 21st April 2016
The Honours Prize Night presentations were of a high calibre, and it was a pleasant surprise to see students presenting research that is already being applied to management! All students received AMSA membership for the year and a copy of the Ernest Hodgkin’s Swanland -Estuaries and Coastal Lagoons of South-western Australia by Dr. Anne Brearley. A big ‘thank you’ to Anne for the books and to the judges who assessed the presentations. We would also like to thank our sponsors of the evening, Gardline and Cardno, as well as UWA for the venue.
First place: Emma-Jade Tuffley ($500 prize)
Methodological comparison for sampling shallow water populations of the western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus) at Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Second Place: Michael Tropiano ($300 prize)
Tropicalisation of reef fish at Rottnest Island
Third Place: James Florisson ($150 prize)
Can recreational fishers provide an effective means of monitoring artificial reefs?
Finalist: Max Wellington
The oceanic preyfield available to offshore foraging seabirds of the Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia
Finalist: Sara Hajbane
Patterns of plastic pollution in offshore, nearshore and estuarine waters of Perth, Western Australia
AMSA Western Australia is a very active branch. We organise workshops, student nights and other functions throughout the year. You are invited to become a member of AMSA and the WA Branch. To do this, you can attend one of our upcoming functions and join, or complete the online membership application.
Proposed AMSA WA activities for 2016 (dates are subject to change)
AGM and Honours Prize Night
Snapchat for Marine Science
Rottnest Is. Student Workshop
23 – 24 June
3 – 7 July
Social event: lawn bowls (AMSA/ASFB)
Christmas Party (+quiz night)
WA Branch Contact Details 2016-17