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Two days at sea

Published on the 20 Dec 2009
In December 2009, Dr. Scott Ling (former QMS student) and Prof. Craig Johnson published a research explaining that only the largest Tasmanian rock lobsters can constrain the invasive northern sea urchins. They invited me to follow them in one of their field trips. What do the marine biology scientists do when they leave their labs for fieldwork? Follow the slideshow.

A PhD project to improve the accuracy of climate models

Published on the 15 Sep 2009
Trevor McDougall is a senior scientist at CSIRO, Hobart. As a physical oceanographer, he applies physical theories to climate models. Here, he explains his science, the creative challenges and why he believes his new PhD project with QMS will be exciting.

Doing a PhD with QMS: Some people ask why. Jaci Brown asks why wait?

Published on the 25 Sep 2009
Dr. Jaci Brown answers five questions to tell you more about studying and working in Hobart in Marine Science.

The world needs more modellers

Published on the 05 Dec 2009
Climate modellers have a precious skill: they can create scenarios of past and future worlds for use by science, environmental and resource managers. The problem, according to one of Australia’s leading ocean modellers CSIRO’s Dr Trevor McDougall, is there are not enough modellers to go around – in Australia or overseas. “Research institutions should be prepared for a talent war as demand for modelling skills outstrips availability,” Dr McDougall says.

Along the floor of the ocean, the top of benthic community research!

Published on the 15 Jan 2010
Would you like to come with us? And see what it is like working in the field? Immediately after our interview, University of Tasmania Professor Craig Johnson offered me the opportunity to follow him for two days in the field. This renowned scientist, working at UTAS in Hobart, showed a keen interest in simply sharing his experiences, knowledge, and life.

Doing a PhD - Jan Zika, ask him why!

Published on the 05 Oct 2009
A former PhD student at CSIRO in Hobart answered five questions to give you an idea of how life is as a marine science student here.

Paul Durack’s QMS PhD: Climate change impacts on global water supplies

Published on the 15 Oct 2009
Paul Durack is a surfer originally from Perth (Western Australia). His passion for the waves and the weather which drives swell creation naturally guided him to oceanography. He moved to Hobart in 2006, to pursue studies with the Quantitative Marine Science CSIRO/UTas PhD program.

Anne-Elise Nieblas – Student representative of QMS

Published on the 15 Nov 2009
I am passionate about the qualities of the QMS program, says Anne-Elise Nieblas, QMS PhD, Hobart. Being a biological oceanographer, developing models and tagging sharks, coming from San Diego in California and enjoying the Tasmanian wilderness, maintaining a smile while finishing a PhD: all this is possible!