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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Scientists recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience

Three exceptional young scientists have been recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience in the Asia-Pacific region.

Environmental sciences at the University of NewcastleThe University of Newcastle’s Dr Hannah Power was one of three finalists in the national search to find an Australian nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (also known as the ASPIRE Prize).

The 2015 ASPIRE Prize theme is Disaster Risk Reduction, something that Dr Power, a lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at UON has as a focus. Dr Power’s research focuses on the processes and morphology of coastal environments—with a recent focus on project-modelling tsunami inundation in New South Wales waterways.

APEC is a valuable forum for engaging with the Asia-Pacific region, and the Aspire Prize highlights elite scientific talent.

One of three nominees, Dr Power was chosen from a highly competitive field and was runner up to Macquarie University’s Dr Katharine Haynes—who will be Australia’s successful nominee to the 2015 ASPIRE Prize. Dr Haynes was recognised for her work in community and youth-based disaster risk reduction and communication and for using science to improve policies and organisational procedures.

Her research has spanned the full gamut of natural disasters, including bushfires, heatwaves, cyclones, floods, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. She has also collaborated with academics and emergency management practitioners from other APEC economies including Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and the US.

Macquarie environmental sciencesSince 2011, the annual ASPIRE Prize has recognised scientists under the age of 40 who are working in APEC economies and who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and cooperation with scientists across other APEC economies.

University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle is made up of six disciplines which includes applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography and environmental studies and environmental science and management. The school is highly research active in the above discipline areas, with a focus on developing research and teaching skills that encourage critical thinking and problem solving strategies across all of their degrees.

Macquarie University Graduate School of the Environment

The Graduate School of the Environment at Macquarie University offers a wide range of degrees and courses to choose from that combine the natural and social sciences and develop intellectual, professional and practical skills. Students can choose between papers that develop critical thinking skills through exposure to theory and philosophy; field-based papers that develop research skills; and practical papers that develop professional skills through accredited coursework and industry internships. Macquarie environmental science graduates pursue careers oriented toward ecologically sustainable development via institutional and social change.


Find out more about studying environmental sciences at the University of Newcastle and at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

University of Newcastle’s climate change discovery

University of Newcastle hydrodynamics expert, Dr Mike Meylan, part of the research team behind a recent groundbreaking discovery that linked the effects of storm-generated waves on sea ice behaviours, said the finding could help predict future global climate trends.

University of Newcastle Environmental Sciences

Study at the University of Newcastle, Australia

The study, Storm-induced sea-ice breakup and the implications for ice extent, published in Nature, measured the impact of storm-driven waves on the edge of sea ice in the polar regions, finding large waves had a greater impact on breaking sea ice than originally thought.

On World Environment Day, Thursday, June 5, Dr Meylan said the dynamic role of waves was understudied and his team’s research could be crucial in forecasting global warming in the future.

Climate change is a difficult thing to model; we only get one shot at guessing the global environment in one hundred years,” Dr Meylan said.

“Sea ice has an important role in regulating the global environment and current climate models fail to capture the cause of expansion and retreat of sea ice in both polar regions.

“This new research sheds light on the power of large waves in breaking up sea ice at a much farther distance from the ice edge than predicted, and could be the missing link to understanding the behaviours of sea ice today and in the future.”

Researchers used sensors dropped onto ice floes to measure and transmit the energy from waves at the sea ice margin, finding that storms hundreds of kilometres away were causing large waves that fractured sea ice at an astounding distance from the ice edge of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Previous studies have predicted that changes in the atmosphere will lead to increased wave heights along the sea edge of both regions in the future, accelerating sea ice retreat and posing significant threats to the global environment.

“The weather in places like Antarctica can have profound effects on that experienced by countries like Australia so it is important that we take a global approach when developing climate models.

“Wave research could be pivotal to improving our understanding of future trends and could help advance model accuracy for a better indication of the Earth’s climate in the future.”

Within the Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle, School of Environmental and Life Sciences is one of the largest in the university and has a diversity of science-based disciplines. The academic staff are all specialists in their fields and are committed to delivering the highest quality outcomes in research and teaching. The school strives for excellence and provides a unique opportunity for science training via the rich multi-disciplinary profile of its staff and facilities.

Main fields of study include at the University of Newcastle Faculty of Science and Information Technology include

  • Biological, Chemical and Marine Sciences
  • Biotechnology and Food Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physical Science

Find out more about environmental sciences at the University of Newcastle. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

University of Newcastle helps establish energy innovation precinct

The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle and the CSIRO have joined forces to establish a dynamic energy innovation precinct of global standing.

The collaboration, which has already yielded innovations such as solar paint—a low cost, sustainable home energy solution, will contribute to national and international large-scale energy research.

Formalizing the working relationship between CSIRO and the University of Newcastle will see both organizations identify strategic opportunities to embark on joint research projects, exchange skills, offer training opportunities for researchers and combine forces to bring national and international projects to the region.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the collaboration would increase research momentum vital for Australia’s future economic prosperity and sustainability.

“Addressing Australia’s challenges in energy productivity and efficiency will require large-scale capability, collaboration between partners and a multi-disciplinary approach,” Professor McMillen said. “Transformational change requires the collaborative efforts of many and this partnership not only provides a model for shared infrastructure, it pulls together the strengths of both organizations in energy research.”

CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark, said the creation of an energy hub at Newcastle that addresses the full suite of energy options for Australia will assist in future decisions.

“This partnership builds on both organizations’ strengths and science skills and will help us make an even more significant contribution to the way our country uses and manages energy in the future,” Dr Clark said.

“CSIRO established our national energy research headquarters in Newcastle in 2003 and we believe the region has a significant role to play in leading the deployment of innovative energy technologies for Australia. The collaboration with NIER only strengthens that belief.”

This partnership was officially launched Friday, April 4, with a roundtable discussion between research leaders of both organizations.

The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) is leading research in sustainable energy production and use to benefit the community, the economy, and industry. NIER’s priorities include clean energy production, energy efficiency, and the minimization of carbon emissions.

Study Environmental Sciences at the University of Newcastle

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle is a world-class centre for scientific and technology research and innovation. Through the faculty’s strong discipline-based research and active inter-disciplinary engagement, both nationally and internationally, Newcastle is at the forefront of research and development in a broad range of fields.

Recently, faculty subject areas of environmental science and information technology have been ranked within the top 200 in the 2014 QS World subject rankings, with geography ranked in the top 100.


Are you interested in studying environmental sciences at the University of Newcastle or at other Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Program of the Month: Environmental Programs

Program of the Month: Environmental Programs

We know we’re as predictable as Edmonton’s winter temperatures, but we’re excited to feature some leading-edge environmental programs offered by our Australian university partners. Australia is notorious for its approach to water sustainability and environmentalism and the programs we showcase this month not only complement Australia’s approach, but also prepare students for the environmental industry across the globe.

University: James Cook University
Course: Master of Education (Sustainability)
Duration: 1.5 Years
Description: The course explores local, regional, national and international issues of sustainability and stewardship of national resources. Students are exposed to issues associated with local ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas, and gain an appreciation of these outstanding regional natural assets within a global context, and the roles that local communities may have in contributing to stewardship.


University: Monash University
Course: Master of Sustainability
Duration: 1.5 Years
Description: This interdisciplinary course is designed to meet the needs of graduates from a wide range of backgrounds who wish to enhance their qualifications for careers in environmental sustainability, corporate sustainability management, or sustainable development, encompassing policy and analysis, planning, consulting, education, advocacy and management. It is also designed for those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding and experience to enable societal, organizational and individual change and responsible action to support sustainability both domestically and internationally. The Master of Sustainability comprises three distinct streams, including environmental and sustainability, corporate and environmental sustainability management and international development and environmental analysis.


University: University of Melbourne
Course: Master of Urban Horticulture
Duration: 2 Years
Description: The University of Melbourne Master of Urban Horticulture is designed for students seeking professional employment or research careers in the design, implementation and management of urban landscapes. They provide you with an understanding of the biological, socio-cultural and environmental factors that shape horticultural systems so that you can develop new programs and operations for urban improvement through, for example, design of public open spaces, revegetation and restoration projects, and nursery and greenhouse management.


University: University of Queensland
Course: Master of Integrated Water Management
Duration: 1.5 Years
Description: The program draws on the expertise of international leaders in teaching and research across a wide breadth of disciplines, taking a multidisciplinary whole-of-water-cycle approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for adopting innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water resource issues. Students will develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector. They will become familiar with all aspects of integrated water resource management; be capable of providing water management expertise to help reduce poverty through equitable and sustainable use of water; be skilled to provide technical and managerial input into planning, design and operation of water projects and facilities; understand the principles of managing water supply, wastewater treatment and urban infrastructure projects; recognise the socio-economic factors impacting effective water solutions; and understand the governance and institutional frameworks underpinning water resource management. This program is also offered at Monash University.


University: University of Sydney
Course: Master of Agriculture
Duration: 1 Year
Description: The Master of Agriculture is focused on providing students with the know-how and skills to address and create solutions for the most challenging issues of our time affecting agriculture and the management of our natural resources, such as food security, climate change, carbon, water and the environment.
The course considers these issues from the perspectives of science and economics, enabling students from different educational backgrounds to extend their knowledge and develop skills in a number of related disciplines and also to apply this learning in a curriculum that includes field trips, work experience, practical classes and research.


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