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INTRODUCTIONS
 VISITOR    |  
Riccardo Cannas
Italian student Riccardo Cannas is visiting Australia to complete a thesis for his ‘specialistic’ degree (similar to a master degree). “My major scientific interest is marine population ecology, in Italy I'm studying marine biology,” said Riccardo. He is joining Will Figueira’s lab for six months to study the thermal performance of tropical fish.
Italian student Riccardo Cannas is visiting Australia to complete a thesis for his ‘specialistic’ degree (similar to a master degree). “My major scientific interest is marine population ecology, in Italy I'm studying marine biology,” said Riccardo. He is joining Will Figueira’s lab for six months to study the thermal performance of tropical fish. 

“I'm here on a scholarship provided by my university in Italy, the Polytechnic University of Marche,” he said.

Riccardo chose to complete his specialistic thesis at the University of Sydney after investigating us on the web. “I got informed through the internet and I loved it.” We wish you all the best for your visit Riccardo!
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 MSC    |  
Henry Lydecker
Henry joins the labs of Dieter Hochuli and Nate Lo having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “I completed a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and did a senior research thesis on the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on redwood forest under-story arthropods,” Henry said.
Henry joins the labs of Dieter Hochuli and Nate Lo having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “I completed a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and did a senior research thesis on the ecological impacts of exotic plant invasions on redwood forest under-story arthropods,” Henry said. This project was supervised by Stacy Philpott and Deborah Letourneau.

For his MSc project, Henry will be investigating the ecology of ticks in urban areas. “Biology excites me because the answers to questions are almost always other questions. It also doesn't hurt that animals, plants, and all life are just plain cool.” No arguments here!
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Marcelo Reis
PhD candidate Marcelo Reis is another new addition to the Figueira lab group. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Federal University of Alagoas State in Northeastern Brazil. “I also did my specialisation course and my master’s degree there,” said Marcelo. “I conducted research into sharks caught in artisanal fishing in Alagoas’ southern landings.”
PhD candidate Marcelo Reis is another new addition to the Figueira lab group. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Federal University of Alagoas State in Northeastern Brazil. “I also did my specialisation course and my master’s degree there,” said Marcelo. “I conducted research into sharks caught in artisanal fishing in Alagoas’ southern landings.” He started to see seasonal patterns in the catches, so in his master’s degree he studied the seasonal environmental factors responsible by fish diversity.

For his PhD topic, Marcelo intends to investigate environmental oceanographic conditions in seasonal and inter-annual scales “I want to investigate how they affect fisheries,” Marcelo explained. “Also, I intend to investigate how the populations and the stocks of large pelagic fishes (such as tunas and sharks) are responding to climatic changes.”

When asked why he chose to pursue a career in the biological sciences, Marcelo said, “Once, I had a professor called Jose Geraldo Marques. In one of his classes, he told us that what moves biologists is our sense of wonder. We can see a bird flying and imagine, in slow motion, all its muscles, lungs and blood working, from cells to tissues, from tissues to organs and so on. We can see a dolphin swimming, and picture all the evolutionary processes that brought him to this very moment. What excites me the most about biology is that somewhere between science and faith, nature has the answers.”
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THANKS
Postgraduate Committee
Thanks and congratulations to outgoing Postgraduate Committee President, Lizzy Lowe, and Vice Presidents Nathan Emery and Isobel Ronai. The President for 2014 is Steven Hawes, supported by Vice Presidents Josh Christie and Clarissa Fraser.
Thanks and congratulations to outgoing Postgraduate Committee President, Lizzy Lowe, and Vice Presidents Nathan Emery and Isobel Ronai. The President for 2014 is Steven Hawes, supported by Vice Presidents Josh Christie and Clarissa Fraser. For the full committee membership see here. The School appreciates the valuable contribution of this committee to the formal and social aspects of postgraduate student life in the Biological Sciences.
Teaching
Many thanks to those involved in undergraduate teaching – especially the technical team – for dealing with the ‘tsunami of students’. Students may be ‘packed to the rafters’ but all involved are working hard to make the lab sessions a success. Moving forward it will hopefully get easier but in the meantime we continue to say thank you, thank you, thank you.
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NOTICES
Ecosystem Science Long-term Plan
Congratulations to Glenda Wardle for her efforts in developing a long term plan for ecosystem science in Australia. The Sydney town hall meeting was held on Friday 14 March and a report from that meeting can be found here.
Congratulations to Glenda Wardle for her efforts in developing a long term plan for ecosystem science in Australia. The Sydney town hall meeting was held on Friday 14 March and a report from that meeting can be found here. There is also the possibility that a town hall meeting will be held at the University of Sydney, to engage with the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and the Environment. Keep an eye out for this.
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Warrah
The Pearl Beach Progress Association held a meeting in late March to which the School was invited, and Professor Robyn Overall attended. This community group has again expressed an interest in engaging with the School of Biological Sciences and the University of Sydney.
The Pearl Beach Progress Association held a meeting in late March to which the School was invited, and Professor Robyn Overall attended. This community group has again expressed an interest in engaging with the School of Biological Sciences and the University of Sydney. Participation in their January school holidays kids club is a possibility, along with a winter lecture series.

In the meantime, Professor Madeleine Beekman (also a local to Pearl Beach), is speaking in the Pearl Beach Progress Hall on Saturday 10 May at 10am about Australian native bees.
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Annual Leave
Don’t forget to plan, book and take your annual leave. This is especially important for people on grants. If you and your staff don’t take leave, the grant will be overspent (and everyone will be stressed and tired).
Head of School
At a recent meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Committee it was decided that vacant Head of School positions will be advertised externally. After more than six years of valuable service, Professor Robyn Overall will relinquish this role by the end of the year.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Thanks
Notices
Vale Jan Marc
Media
Events
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VALE JAN MARC
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It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Associate Professor Jan Marc. His wife Danguole expressed her thanks for the presence and wishes of those who attended the funeral on Friday 21 March.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Associate Professor Jan Marc. His wife Danguole expressed her thanks for the presence and wishes of those who attended the funeral on Friday 21 March. Professor Robyn Overall read the eulogy and an edited version is available here. The outpouring from past students on social media has also been touching and a reminder of the many lives Jan touched as a member of the School.
MEDIA
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Dingos dominate the media this edition. But diets, toads and smelly birds also made an apperance.
Radio National | Steve Simpson
High protein, low carbohydrate diet

Global Finance Education (China) | Rick Shine
Toads are arthritis and in pain 环球财经教育在线

Business Insider Australia | Matthew Crowther
Australians should stop poisoning dingoes to protect small native mammals: scientists

Asian Scientist | Steve Simpson
Protein to carbohydrate ratio outweighs calorie counting

De Standaard | Steve Simpson
Wie matigt met eiwit, leeft langer

New Scientist | Ros Gloag
Smelly cuckoos protect hosts’ chicks from predators

ABC North Queensland | Mathew Crowther
Interview with Afternoon program

Sydney Morning Herald | Mathew Crowther
Dog gone: scientists confirm the dingo is a unique species

Canberra Times | Mathew Crowther
Scientists confirm dingo is not a dog

Science | Mathew Crowther
Is the dingo special enough to save?

ABC News 24 | Mathew Crowther
Interview on Sydney Weekend Breakfast program

Business Insider | Mathew Crowther
The dingo really is a distinctly Australian animal, and not a dog or wolf: scientists

612 ABC Brisbane | Mathew Crowther
Interview with Afternoons program

The Conversation | Mathew Crowther
Dingo classified as a distinct species

Nature World News | Mathew Crowther
Australia’s dingo classified as distinct species

Phys.Org | Mathew Crowther
Dingo a distinct species, study says

io9 | Mathew Crowther
No, Australia’s dingos are not wild dogs

ABC News | Mathew Crowther
Fraser Island dingo advocates hope new classification promises more protection

ABC Alice Springs | Mathew Crowther
Dingo not strictly a wolf...or a dog

ABC South East NSW | Mathew Crowther

702 ABC Sydney | Mathew Crowther
Nightlife program

ABC Sunshine Coast | Mathew Crowther

The Scientist | Mathew Crowther
New ID for Dingoes

Mail on Sunday | Mathew Crowther
The dingo is NOT just a wild dog: Creature introduced to Australia 5,000 years ago is a species in its own right
EVENTS
10 April 2014, 4-5pm DT Anderson Lecture Theatre
Biological Sciences Postgraduate Exit Seminar
1 May 2014, 5-7:30pm Law Foyer, New Law Building
SoBS Prize Night
16 May 2014, 1-2pm DT Anderson lecture theatre
Keast lecture: The thermodynamic niche
30 May 2014, 11:30am The Great Hall, Main Quadrangle
Graduation
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