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NOVEMBER 2013
INTRODUCTIONS
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Joanna Dawson
Joanna (Jo) Dawson joins the Division of Natural Sciences as manager of compliance and risk. She is an experienced safety and risk manager and systems engineer with broad experience in the transport and defence industries.
Joanna (Jo) Dawson joins the Division of Natural Sciences as manager of compliance and risk. She is an experienced safety and risk manager and systems engineer with broad experience in the transport and defence industries. “I enjoy training and coaching people on safety and risk topics as well as helping to develop a positive safety culture,” said Jo.

Her role will to be ensure we comply with Work Health Safety, external interest declarations etc. “I’m currently trying to decode exactly what it is we’re being asked to do from external legislation and the University policy office,” Jo elaborated. “I want to see whether we can try and encourage them to make things simpler where possible. It may take a while.”

When she is not at work Jo runs a beef cattle stud. “I also do lots of equestrian things,” she said. “In my spare time I am a bit of a country bumpkin.”
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 MSC    |  
Gabriella Ljungström
Gabriella Ljungström, originally from Sweden, has just begun a master’s project with Professor Mats Olsson. She joins the School having completed a bachelor of science at Macquarie University, where she majored in atmospheric/climate science.
Gabriella Ljungström, originally from Sweden, has just begun a master’s project with Professor Mats Olsson. She joins the School having completed a bachelor of science at Macquarie University, where she majored in atmospheric/climate science.

Gabriella’s MSc project will investigate climatic effects on the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). “I will investigate past effects on several life-history traits,” she said, “and the potential for evolution in response to anthropogenic climate change.” Gabriella plans to investigate these lizards by performing quantitative genetic analysis. “I have a unique dataset to work on. It was collected over 30 years by Mats Olsson and colleagues.”

“I will strive to contribute comprehensive information about the effects of human induced environmental changes on biological systems,” said Gabriella. “I want to inform and engage people, and to direct the implementation of suitable management and conservation measures.”

When asked why she chose to pursue a biological question, Gabriella said, “Biology is what makes life interesting, simple as that!”
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Izabella Pilch
Izabella joins the eResources Unit as a part-time casual web officer. She brings with her a wealth of experience in web-based design. “I've been working as a senior print and web designer/developer for 15 years,” said Izabella.
Izabella joins the eResources Unit as a part-time casual web officer. She brings with her a wealth of experience in web-based design. “I've been working as a senior print and web designer/developer for 15 years,” said Izabella.

Izabella will be working Tuesdays and Wednesdays – sharing her role with Shawn Wang, who works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please use the role-based email address bio.eru@sydney.edu.au, to contact Izabella and Shawn.
 POST-DOC    |  
Adam Wong
Dr Adam Wong has a lifelong interest in understanding how symbiotic microbes integrate into their hosts systems. “All animals are colonised by micro-organisms,” Adam explained. “I’m investigating the mechanisms by which gut microbiota modulate dietary impact on animal nutrition and physiology.”
Dr Adam Wong has a lifelong interest in understanding how symbiotic microbes integrate into their hosts systems. “All animals are colonised by micro-organisms,” Adam explained. “I’m investigating the mechanisms by which gut microbiota modulate dietary impact on animal nutrition and physiology.”

Adam has joined the Simpson lab as a postdoctoral researcher, working with both Steve Simpson and Fleur Ponton. “I completed my PhD (entomology and microbiology) in June this year from Cornell University, USA.”

Adam also has an undergraduate degree in molecular cell biology from the University of York, UK and a master degree in pathology from the University of Hong Kong. “Having studied in the UK and US, I am keen on exploring Australia and strengthening my research network in a global sense,” he said. His other reasons for coming to Australia? “Steve is a world-renowned expert in animal nutrition, and the University of Sydney has a stimulating research atmosphere.” It most certainly does!
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CONGRATULATIONS
Australian Entomological Society Meeting
Both the best student talk and the best student poster at the 2013 Australian Entomological Society Conference were won by students from the Hochuli lab. Read more.
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Australian Wildlife Management Society
Alex Carthey, PhD graduand with Associate Professor Peter Banks, has won the inaugural DW Cooper Student Thesis Award from the Australasian Wildlife Management Society. Her thesis investigated the response of native mammals to the smell of native and alien predators. Read more.
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University Co-op Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award
Congratulations to Dr Danny Liu - this year’s winner of the University Co-op Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognises Danny's contribution towards supporting student learning and helping to create a well-rounded student experience. This same award was won by Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli in 2011 (see page 4). These awards are a wonderful recognition of the quality of the School’s teaching. Read more.
Promotions
Four academic members of staff have been promoted to Level B. Congratulations to Matt Greenless, Tanya Latty, Fleur Ponton and Charmaine Tam!
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NOTICES
Special lectures 2014
The Keast and Murray lecturers for next year have been nominated, discussed, voted upon and invited. Drum roll......
The Keast and Murray lecturers for next year have been nominated, discussed, voted upon and invited. Drum roll......

......The Keast lecturer for 2014 is Dr Michael Kearney! Michael is a conservation and wildlife biologist at the University of Melbourne. He is also a graduate of the School of Biological Sciences, having completed his PhD with Professor Rick Shine.

......The Murray lecturer for 2014 is Professor Justin O’Riain! Justin is a behavioural ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His work focuses on the proximate and ultimate causes of sociality in mammals. This research involves studying baboons, mole-rats, meerkats, jackals, caracals and leopards.

The dates for both lectures are yet to be determined.
WHS
The High Risk Audit has been completed and initial feedback is positive. Staff made a serious effort at risk assessments, safe work procedures and the introduction of training needs analysis and pre-purchase risk assessments. The Safety Committee thanks the whole School for their hard work.
Computer News
WiFi has now been installed in the Badham teaching labs and it will soon be available throughout the Heydon-Laurence building.
WiFi has now been installed in the Badham teaching labs and it will soon be available throughout the Heydon-Laurence building.

The computers in the Robert Brown lab will be replaced at the end of this semester - potentially with dual-boot iMacs. For more information on this speak to Michael Joseph.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Congratulations
Notices
Back to School
Media
Events
Stay connected
BACK TO SCHOOL
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Many thanks to everyone involved with the very successful alumni function held on Friday 18 October. The event took our alumni back into the Macleay teaching labs where they explored microscopy, physiology and phylogeny. “The people who came were really engaged in all of the activities” said Robyn Overall. “Even the kids were cutting hand sections!” The photos from the evening can be found on the School’s facebook page.
MEDIA
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In the media last month: sea cucumbers, the gifted and talented workshop, a spider and a toad...all enveloped by a mass of koalas.
The Conversation | Mathew Crowther
Australian endangered species: lesser stick-nest rat

AAP Newswire | Mathew Crowther
Heat could cause ‘massive’ koala decline

ABC Online | Mathew Crowther
Rising temperatures pose risk for koalas
Koala management plans barking up wrong tree

Channel 7 | Mathew Crowther
Sunrise program 3/13/13 at 6:04 and 8:05

2CC | Mathew Crowther
Breakfast with Mark Parton 3/10/13

ABC Sunshine and Cooloola Coasts | Mathew Crowther
6:30 News 3/10/13

702 ABC Sydney | Mathew Crowther
7:00 and 7:45 News 3/10/13

ABC Coffs Coast | Mathew Crowther
Morning Show with Michael Spooner 3/10/13

Yahoo! News Australia | Mathew Crowther
Koala management plans barking up wrong tree, researchers say

666 ABC Canberra | Mathew Crowther
10:00 News 3/10/13

ABC News 24 | Mathew Crowther
Mornings 3/13/13 and ABC News 3/10/13

2SER FM | Mathew Crowther
The Thursday Daily 3/10/13

ABC Wide Bay | Mathew Crowther
12:00 News 3/10/13

2TM Tamworth | Mathew Crowther
12:05 News 3/10/13

2SM | Mathew Crowther
12:00 and 12:30 News 3/10/13

2DU | Mathew Crowther
12:10 News 3/10/13

ABC South East NSW | Mathew Crowther
12:30 and 17:30 News 3/10/13 and 7:30 and 8:30 News 4/10/13

612 ABC Brisbane | Mathew Crowther
14:00 News 3/10/13

The Sydney News | Mathew Crowther
Koala management plans barking up wrong tree

News.net | Mathew Crowther
Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar

News.com.au | Mathew Crowther
Heat could cause ‘massive’ koala decline

AllVoices | Mathew Crowther
Heat could cause ‘massive’ koala decline

International Business Times Australia | Mathew Crowther
Koala population facing ‘massive and disastrous decline’ from climate change

Yahoo Philippines News | Mathew Crowther
Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar

Rappler | Mathew Crowther
Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar – study

Radio Adelaide | Mathew Crowther
The Wire with Sarah Spencer 3/10/13

Prime7 Tamworth | Mathew Crowther
Prime local news 3/10/13

SgLinks.com | Mathew Crowther
Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar

Noodls | Mathew Crowther
Call for new approach to koala conservation

Today Online | Mathew Crowther
Climate change could cause ‘massive’ koala decline: Study

2UE | Mathew Crowther
Nights with Clive Robertson 3/10/13

Courier Mail | Mathew Crowther
Rising mercury may drop koala

Eco News | Mathew Crowther
Koalas at risk from rising temperatures

Sun Herald | Lizzy Lowe
Killing spiders risks an increase in other pests

Newcastle Herald | Mathew Crowther
Opinion: Koalas cannot adapt to habitat loss

Daily Examiner | Mathew Crowther
Environment put at risk: protecting koalas

891 ABC Adelaide | Rick Shine
Afternoons with Deb Tribe 8/10/13

Radio National | Mathew Crowther
Keep tall trees for our koalas

Maitland Mercury | Mathew Crowther
Heat putting koalas under new threat

Wee Waa News | Mathew Crowther
Protecting vulnerable koala populations

Namoi Valley Independent | Mathew Crowther
Koalas do battle with the land
It’s not just about gum trees

2CS FM | Mathew Crowther
7:30 News 9/10/13

Braidwood Times | Chris Dickman
Population, resources and climate change – implications for Australia’s near future

Daily Liberal | Outreach
Ben’s at home discovering science

Quirindi Advocate | Mathew Crowther
It’s not just about gum trees

Barrier Daily Truth | Outreach
Science student gifted

Inverell Times | Mathew Crowther
Koalas need more shelter to survive

Inverell Times | Outreach
Science discovery

Penrith Press | Outreach
Science genius

Northern Daily Leader | Mathew Crowther
It’s too hot for a koala to bear

ECOS Magazine | Mathew Crowther
Shelter as important as food for sweltering koalas

Illawarra Mercury | Outreach
A scientific adventure

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader | Outreach
Four local high-schoolers picked for gifted course

AAP newswire | Maria Byrne
Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef

Herald Sun | Maria Byrne
Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef

The Sydney News | Maria Byrne
Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef

Newstalk ZB | Maria Byrne
Sea cucumber overfishing could hurt reef

ABC Capricornia | Maria Byrne
Mornings with Kallee Buchanan 9:43am and 10:29am 15/10/13

ABC Tropical North | Maria Byrne
12:00 News 15/10/13

Science Alert | Maria Byrne
Evidence of overfishing on GBR

Gladstone Observer | Maria Byrne
Sea cucumber viability affects reef system

Practical Fishkeeping | Maria Byrne
Concerns for sea cucumbers in the Great Barrier Reef

CENTRAL | Outreach
Glimpse at science career inspires teen

Coffs Coast Advocate | Outreach
Achievers

Gold Coast Sun – Central | Mathew Crowther
Coast koalas at risk as developers bulldoze shelter trees
Tree diversity essential for koala survival
Koala relocations vital, UDIA says

Gold Coast-Australia | Mathew Crowther
Tree diversity essential for koala survival

ECOS Magazine | Maria Byrne
Sea cucumbers may be key to reef health

The Conversation | Mathew Crowther
Australian endangered species: woylie

Penrith Press | Steve Simpson
New centre to focus on chronic diseases

Gympie Times | Maria Byrne
Unsustainable fishing on reef

774 ABC Melbourne | Mathew Crowther
Overnights with Rod Quinn 26/10/13

Harian Analisa Daily | Mathew Crowther
Dibaca 12 kaliKawanan koala terancam bahaya
EVENTS
7 November 2013, 9:30am-4pm DT Anderson lecture theatre
Postgraduate Showcase
8 November 2013, 9:30am Great Hall
Science Graduation
11 November 2013, 6-7:30pm Law School Lounge
Book-launch: Cane toads - a tale of sugar, politics and flawed science
11 December 2013, lunch - save the date
SoBS Christmas Party
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