Early career researcher mentoring program

Early career researcher mentoring program

Each year the director and deputy directors call for applications from across MQ departments to participate in the ECR mentoring program of the Centre. Three to four ECR’s will be selected each year to participate in annual committee meetings and contribute to the success of the centre. ECR’s are particularly encouraged to help engage young researchers, through informal outreach activities as well as during the bi-annually held workshops. The 2015-2016 ECRs in the mentoring program are:

2015-2016 ECRs

Amaranta Focardi

Amaranta Focardi
PhD student, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences,

Amaranta is a PhD student in ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Ian Paulsen's Group at Macquarie University. Her PhD project focuses on the growth and grazing mortality of picocyanobacteria and in trying to understand which organisms play a role in shaping those communities.

She uses a dilution approach to study the daily rates of grazing and viral infection upon different picocyanobacteria populations in contrasting environment around Australia, and different approach to understand which organisms actively feed on Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus and which viruses are responsible for infecting them.

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Aline Jaeckel

Aline Jaeckel
Postdoc, Macquarie Law School

Dr. Aline Jaeckel is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Macquarie Law School under the Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF) scheme. Her work looks at the regulation of deep seabed mineral mining on the international seabed. Specifically, she examines environmental protection standards and mechanisms in the regulation of deep seabed mining. Previously, she worked with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany, for a project on ecological parameters for deep seabed mining.

Aline did her PhD at UNSW, where she examined whether the International Seabed Authority (ISA) is fully implementing the precautionary principle and what can be improved. For her PhD, she spent time at the ISA headquarters in Jamaica.

She also studied environmental science at Sydney University and holds a Master of Law from the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Law from the UK.

AAbbott

April Abbott
Lecturer in Palaeoceanography/Marine Sedimentology, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr. April Abbott is an oceanographer and pore water geochemist.  Before joining Macquarie University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2016, she received her Ph.D. in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Science from Oregon State University, her M.S. in Geological Sciences from University of Minnesota Duluth (2011 MN, USA) and B.S. in Geoscience from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2009 NY, USA). Her projects have included where total mercury in lake sediments, nutrient monitoring, biomarker based paleoclimate reconstructions, and marine sediment-water interactions. April's current research interest is in the interaction between marine sediments and the bottom via the pore fluid focusing on how early diagenesis may influence paleo records. Recently, she has been working with the rare earth elements (REEs) and neodymium isotopes in pore fluids from the northeast Pacific and the Tasman Sea.

Quoc Cuong Nguyen

Quoc Cuong Nguyen
PhD student, Biological Sciences

Quoc Cuong Nguyen was born in Hanoi, Vietnam 1987. He received the B.E degree in marine and coastal engineering from Water Resources University, Hanoi, Vietnam in 2010, and the MSc degree in coastal engineering and port development from UNESCO IHE, Delft, Netherlands, in 2013.

In 2010, he joined Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, as a researcher. Since 2013, he has lectured at Faculty of Marine Sciences, Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment.

Since 2016, he has been pursuing PhD at Macquarie University under the supervision of A.Prof. Ian Goodwin and Dr. Shari Galop. His research focuses mainly on coastal physical processes and morphology for Australian coasts. 

Lincoln Critchley 

Lincoln Critchley
PhD student, Biological Sciences

Lincoln is part of the benthic Ecology Group led by A/Prof. Melanie Bishop. His PhD thesis focuses on the ecological effects of coastal armouring. Coastal armouring, in the form of seawalls or any other hard structure on the shoreline, is commonly used to protect infrastructure from erosion or to reclaim land for development. The use of coastal armouring can be expected to increase as sea-levels rise and coastal populations grow.

While seawalls produce pronounced changes to the morphology and chemical environment of the habitats in which they are placed, these changes in-turn produce specific stresses for the local ecological communities. Lincoln's thesis specifically examines the changes to diversity, carbon movement, and habitat functioning as a result of coastal armouring on sedimentary shorelines.

Past ECRs

Dr Deepa Ruth Varkey
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences
Marine microbiology and molecular biology (marine cyanobacteria: ecological distribution, environmental stress response, proteomics and transcriptomics)

"As an ECR representative on the management panel of the MQMarine Research Centre, I had the opportunity to learn the skills required for the management of the Centre. It provided excellent first-hand experience in the development, planning and organisation of the Centre’s events. It is a great opportunity to interact, exchange ideas and expertise within a multidisciplinary team."

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