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Paul Durack

QMS Alumni breaks into "Science"

Published on the 30 Apr 2012
Cathryn Wynn Edwards in front of the Algae tanks at the Krill aquarium

Interview with Cathryn Wynn–Edwards

Published on the 04 May 2011
Despite the Tasmanian summer, Cathryn is bundled up in thick clothes and overalls. Well into the second year of a PhD, her experiments are in full swing and Cathryn spends most of her time bathed in the coloured light of the phytoplankton tanks. Cathryn's project brings together expertise from UTAS, CSIRO, and also the Australian Antarctic Division - where she works in the Krill Aquarium. - Keeping Antarctic species alive, and the krill in breeding condition, requires refrigeration at Antarctic temperatures – hence the padding.

“A co-funded PhD is a win-win-win! ” – Katell Hamon, PhD student co-funded by QMS and Ifremer (France).

Published on the 25 May 2010
Katell Hamon is an energetic French woman who discovered a passion for bio-economic fisheries models. As part of her co-funded PhD (cotutelle), she developed a model to understand fishing patterns in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery.
water cycle schematic

Ocean salinities show an intensified water cycle

Published on the 21 Apr 2010
News release : 14th of April 2010 - Evidence that the world’s water cycle has already intensified is contained in new research to be published in the American Journal of Climate.The study, co-authored by CSIRO scientists Paul Durack and Dr Susan Wijffels, shows the surface ocean beneath rainfall-dominated regions has freshened, whereas ocean regions dominated by evaporation are saltier.

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.

Post-doc for QMS – Clothilde explains why she likes working and teaching in Hobart

Published on the 15 Oct 2009
Clothilde Langlais is a smiling, feminine, sporty, French physical modeller employed at the national research agency CSIRO in Hobart for the Quantiative Marine Science program. Clothilde accepted a post-doctoral research offer and arrived from France two years ago to work for the ocean forecasting BlueLINK project.

Sensing the environment with Antarctic seals

Published on the 15 Nov 2009
As well as being one of the Quantitative Marine Science supervisors in biology, Prof. Mark Hindell is the head of the School of Zoology’s Antarctic Wildlife Research at UTas in Hobart. It is quickly obvious he loves his job and what he most like is “going into the field and working with animals”.

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.

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!

"I got hooked!" says Jess Melbourne Thomas about her PhD

Published on the 15 Mar 2010
Jess Melbourne Thomas is a QMS PhD student. she found her way to marine science and its higher levels, developing a model aiming to explore the uncertainties about changes to human-affected coral reef systems.

Alarming discovery in Tasmania: The impact of fisheries in climate change-affected marine ecosystems

Published on the 15 Feb 2010
Dr. Scott Ling and his team warn the decision makers that turning a blind eye to overfishing of lobsters could ultimately have dramatic consequences for Tasmanian ecosystems and fisheries. They published their results in the famous US Academy of Science journal. Dr. Scott Ling is a former Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) PhD student.

“Quantitative science is not just about getting the number, it’s a way of thinking” – Prof. Tom Trull, director of QMS

Published on the 21 Apr 2010
Professor Tom Trull was part of the first voyage in the Southern Ocean examining the possibility of spreading iron in the ocean to fertilise or promote phytoplankton activity and thus, biological carbon uptake in the ocean. Tom works as a biogeochemist at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania in Hobart.