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:
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.
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.
Quoc Cuong Nguyen
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 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.
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."