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MQMarine Workshop on:

“Assessing the potential of ancient DNA in marine sediments”

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 9th - 11th October, 2017.

Organised by

Dr Linda Armbrecht, Macquarie University Marine Research Centre (MQMarine) &  

A/Prof. Leanne Armand, ANZIC Program Scientist, Australian National University, Australia

This is a closed workshop, participants can download the program here.

Possibility to participate in MQMarine workshop on 'Functional Traits' in September, 2017

If you are interested to participate in the following workshop on functional traits, organised by Dr Monique Ladds, please email marinescience@mq.edu.au!

Background and aims of the workshop:
Ecosystem modelling is complex and resource intensive. Creating species functional groups improves efficiency as species will not be modelled individually. Functional groupings are often based on expert knowledge and species diet. However, species interactions in an ecosystem are also influenced by their life history and morphology. Life history variables add information on how a species uses its environment and how it changes over time. Morphology characteristics may be used to infer dietary preferences and how a species interacts with its environment. There are two major hurdles for defining functional groups with this type of data. First, which functional traits to define for different species groups and second which method to use to identify the groups. One potential solution is to use cluster analysis to identify species functional groups and the variables that contribute significantly to that grouping choice.
This workshop aims to bring together marine ecologists to create a functional traits database of temperate coastal marine species in Australia/New Zealand and cluster analysis specialists to identify the best way to analyse the data currently available. Such a database does not currently exist. Results will include a list of traits important for defining different functional groups, and identification of the best cluster analysis techniques for analysing this type of data. 
Day 1: Building a trait matrix
What are the functional traits of different groups of marine species (benthic invertebrates, teleost fish, elasmobranchs and cephalopods) needed to define functional groups and how do we measure them?

Day 2: Statistical analysis
What are the most appropriate statistical methods for defining functional groups, and how do we decide that we have a good fit?

Confirmed spekers:  
Beth Fulton  – CSIRO; Shirley Pledger - Victoria University of Wellington; Nokuthaba Sibanda - Victoria University of Wellington; Matt Dunn – NIWA; Judi Hewitt– NIWA; Michelle Masi – NIWA; Roy Costilla – University of Queensland; Monique Ladds - Victoria University of Wellington.

Download the workshop program here.

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One of the primary activities supported by our centre is hosting workshops at the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) and other locations linked to major international conferences (i.e. immediately after or before the conference to drawing in delegates already present at the conference). In our workshops, we aim to draw together experts from a range of disciplines, sectors, and geographical regions. Workshops will be held bi-annually and include 10-12 experts who come together to focus and collaborate intensively for a few days. Each group will include 3-4 promising Early Career Researchers (ECRs), in line with the Centre’s mentoring objectives of matching our ECRs with more experienced academics and using working groups are a key component of our research training programme.

We invite workshop proposals to draw together existing datasets and expertise to produce high-impact synthesis, review, and opinion piece publications. Working group themes are broadly interdisciplinary and are chosen to leverage existing expertise and analytical strengths at MQ. Workshops topics can include qualitative research and ocean policy/management issues. Each participant actively contributes, e.g. by bringing data, methods, and experience in synthesis and analysis to create new knowledge and understanding, and to identify knowledge gaps and promising research avenues. Working group outputs and outcomes will include:

  • Group opinion/perspectives/review papers for leading journals that connect disciplines in ocean research.
  • High impact papers emanating from meta-analysis (compilations of participants' existing datasets) that would not be possible without broad collaboration.
  • Research proposals for research and/or equipment/infrastructure from national funding agencies, primarily the Australian Research Council, but also the US National Science Foundation, UK Natural Environment Research Council, and others.

For expressions of interest in hosting a workshop, please download the form below and submit by email to marinescience@mq.edu.au.

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Successful MQMarine Mediasurvival Workshop!

Thanks to Dan Kaufmann from Mediasurvival we had a great workshop last week (29.06.2017), with 14 students learning everything about how to survive in the complex world of media. When we asked the participants for feedback they told us: "Whatever you write, DO NOT use commas and make it snappy!"

For more information have a chat to anyone who was there on the day (Louise Tosetto, Vanessa Pirotta, K-lynn Smith, Lincoln Critchley, Amaranta Focardi, Kelly-Anne Lawler, Jessica Wilks, Gemma Carroll, Nicolette Armansin, Robert Perryman, Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons, Julianna Kadar, Catarina Vila Pouca, Penelope Carbia). Thanks to all for a great workshop!

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