Ira gave a talk on the genomics of non-model organisms at the UQ Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology. It was great to be given an opportunity to talk about some of my favourite topics and meet a bunch of talented bioinformaticians. Hats off to the organisers of this fantastic annual event including Nick Hamilton (Dr. Nick) who took this photo of me.
Jan and Phoebe visited Southern Ocean Mariculture (SOM) in Port Fairy, Victoria at the start of July to collect samples for Phoebe’s honours project. Phoebes project, supported by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Abalone Growers Association, seeks to test established methods of early prediction of genetic merit in abalone broodstock. It was freezing in Port Fairy in comparison to sunny Townsville, but great to see the abalone growth and the impressive technology and set up at SOM! Thanks for hosting us!
Jan gave a plenary lecture at the 8th International Barcode of Life Conference in Trondheim, Norway on June 19. Jan spoke about “Dating the West Antarctic ice sheet collapse using molecular sequence data.” The conference was great – loads of metabarcoding presentations including monitoring freshwater and marine environments and also using barcoding to ascertain the ingredients in foods. Great to catch up with old friends and make new ones and see a little bit of beautiful Norway!
Well done to PhD student Sally Lau who won an Antarctic Science International Bursary!
The bursary will help Sally to extend her PhD work on understanding how seascape dynamics structures octopus genetic variation in the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean.
Special issue focusing on women in Marine Science in Australia featuring Jan Strugnell and Laura Woodings.
Last night (Sat 2nd March 2019), Jan gave a seminar at the spectacular S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore. The title of the seminar was “Antarctica and its evolution: rising sea levels”. The stage of the seminar was at the front of the biggest aquarium in the complex containing loads of fish and manta rays – a really wonderful backdrop!
Click here to read a detailed report from S.E.A Aquarium:)