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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix doc

A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, has hit the world’s small screens.

UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix documentary

Chasing Coral poster (Image via UQ)

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the chief scientific adviser on the documentary, which starkly records and reveals the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs.

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski’s film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on the epic ocean adventure.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg plays a starring role in the documentary along with UQ marine scientists Dr Pim Bongaerts, Dr Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero, Professor Justin Marshall, and other world-renowned coral reef experts.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the documentary was a powerful way to reveal the impact climate change is having on our reefs.

“This is as much about the emotional side of reef losses as it is about the compelling science behind this planetary emergency,” he said.

For the past three years, Jeff and his team have followed the work of The Ocean Agency, revealing the global bleaching event and its impacts on the world’s coral reefs.

Audiences will witness the painful process as the team invent the first ever time-lapse camera to record coral bleaching as it happens. The effort is anything but straightforward as the scientists doggedly battle technical malfunctions and the force of nature below the waves.

With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic production.

The film is the result of more than 650 hours spent underwater, footage from volunteers in 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from across the world.

Chasing Coral by Exposure Labs premiered on Netflix, and was produced in association with Argent Pictures, The Kendeda Fund and in partnership with The Ocean Agency and View Into the Blue.

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at UQ are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At the master’s level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

Why study Conservation Biology?
One of the biggest problems confronting biologists worldwide is the increased extinction rate of animal and plant species. This is due in large part to the impact humans have had on land use, climate and resource consumption—an impact that is decreasing the earth’s biodiversity and increasing the number of endangered or threatened species at an alarming rate. Conservation biology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems. The program aims to provide core theoretical and practical training in conservation biology.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Admissions requirements

Bachelor degree in environmental studies, geography, natural resources, biology, ecology, conservation, sustainable development, environmental engineering, marine science, or an approved discipline. UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Are you interested in studying environmental sciences or marine science at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Heather Brown for more information at heather@oztrekk.com.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

UQ staff save cash and carbon with energy competition

University of Queensland staff have collectively prevented 77 tonnes of carbon emissions and saved $7600 in electricity costs during a three-week competition aimed at reducing energy consumption in laboratories.

The Shut Your Sash Competition, run by UQ’s Property and Facilities Division as part of the Green Labs program, required participating labs to better manage the use of fume cupboards, which are one of the most energy intensive types of equipment found in scientific laboratories.

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Sustainability Project Officer Christine McCallum, who coordinates the Green Labs program, said the competition provided a great opportunity for staff to improve their energy-saving habits in the lab.

“Ventilated fume cupboards provide a safety barrier for researchers working with chemicals that produce toxic fumes and vapours.

“Each cupboard has a moveable pane at the front called a sash that allows users to control the amount of air extracted from the cupboard to ensure a safe work environment.

“Keeping the fume cupboard sash low or closed is not only safer for users, but it also reduces the amount of conditioned air that is exhausted from the laboratory space, with considerable energy savings,” Ms McCallum said.

During the three-week trial, the five participating institutes reduced their total fume cupboard energy consumption by 40 per cent.

“If these labs were to keep this up over the entire year, they would save approximately $130,000 in energy costs while reducing emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent produced by roughly 130 average-sized homes,” Ms McCallum said.

Competition winners included the Translational Research Institute (TRI), which won an award for best ongoing operational practice, and the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), which won the most improved lab award.

University of Queensland Property and Facilities Division Deputy Director Mr Geoff Dennis said supporting staff to promote sustainable behaviours was a key objective of the Green Labs program.

“UQ staff are enthusiastic about improving the sustainability of their workplace and helping to reduce energy and resource consumption.

“The Green Labs program provides the resources for staff to improve their understanding of environmental issues specific to laboratories and empowers them to promote sustainable practices in their labs,” Mr Dennis said.

Established in 2012, the Green Labs program now has 31 representatives across 20 UQ laboratories promoting environmentally friendly practices in their labs.

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at the University of Queensland are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At Masters level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable development

What is Sustainable Development?

This plan is designed for students who wish to solve environmental problems. It emphasises the importance of a healthy environment as the basis of sustainable jobs and industries. Students gain the skills and knowledge to work towards sustainable development. Courses explore strategies ranging from cleaner production for individual industries, and better environment design, to regional and national environmental policies and plans.

Students acquire integrated knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including ecology, geography, economics, planning, law, environmental design and relevant social sciences. The final year focuses on environmental problem-solving and allows students to specialise in specific areas of sustainable environment management. Students also gain professional experience in applying social, economic, business and scientific principles to the management of natural, rural, and urban resources.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: July 2015 and February 2016
Duration: 1.5 years

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree with a in environmental management, environmental science; environmental studies; geography; natural resources; biology; ecology; conservation; sustainable development/sustainability; environmental engineering; marine science; marine studies; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Would you like more information about environmental science programs like sustainability at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information. Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

UQ environmental sciences offers new field of study

UQ environmental sciences will be offering a new field of study in the Master of Environmental Management program.

From 2015, the Master of Environmental Management offers the new field of study Environmental Management in Mining. This field of study will introduce students to the unique environmental challenges presented by mining environments and strategies for managing these environmental impacts.

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Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Management in Mining (new from 2015)
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

Environmental Management in Mining

Development of Australia’s mineral and energy resources involves extraction and processing activities, which create environmental impacts that must be managed and minimised. The wealth of mineral and energy resources in Australia ensures an ongoing demand for skilled professionals in environmental management in mining. This field of study will introduce students to the unique environmental challenges presented by mining environments and strategies for managing these environmental impacts.

Employment opportunities

Graduates will be well-equipped for careers in environmental management related to the mining industry in private organisations and government:

Industry

On-site management roles:

  • Land rehabilitation
  • Monitoring and management of water quality and quantity
  • Restoration of flora and fauna communities
  • Management of greenhouse gas and dust emissions
  • Development of site-specific management strategies

Consultancy

  • Development of management plans for industry
  • Monitoring and auditing of management plans
  • Identification of opportunities to go beyond `best practice’ management strategies

Government

  • Policy implementation: monitoring compliance with regulations
  • Policy development: formulation of environmental management regulations and guidelines for industry

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree with a in environmental management, environmental science; environmental studies; geography; natural resources; biology; ecology; conservation; sustainable development/sustainability; environmental engineering; marine science; marine studies; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Would you like more information about environmental science programs at the University of Queensland? 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.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

UQ environmental sciences researcher: Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

A decision by G20 leaders to discuss climate change at their meeting in Brisbane last week is good news for the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say.

The University of Queensland’s Dr Juan Ortiz, lead author on a study of the reef released last week, said the research was the most detailed to date and the first to show definitively that the reef could be preserved if emissions were reduced, with visible benefits within 20 years.

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UQ researcher: The Reef can be saved if we take action on climate change (Photo: T Knoll)

“We were heartened to find that a healthy future is possible if the global community takes stringent action on greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr Ortiz said.

“The prognosis of reefs under climate change is often so dire that some people give up hope,” he said.

“Our research shows that we could see the benefits of concerted action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within our lifetime.

“It is possible to secure the reef’s future if we continue to invest in local controls of pollution and start taking serious action against climate change.”

The research, under the auspices of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, showed that continuation of a business-as-usual approach would overwhelm reef recovery mechanisms by 2050, leaving little living coral, which is threatened by rising sea temperatures.

“The reef future looks dire if we do not take greater action on climate change,” Dr Ortiz said. “However we point out that we assume that the response of corals to future warming does not change from that observed in the last few decades. It is possible that coral adaptation could lessen the impacts we predict under business-as-usual conditions.”

The study used more than 40 scientific publications and Australian Institute of Marine Science monitoring data from 18 Australian reefs to build and validate a model to forecast the reef’s future under different conditions.

Study co-author Professor Peter Mumby said the reef’s fate was not sealed and there was still time to save it.

Professor Mumby said the research was good news for Australia as a healthy reef was of immense environmental importance and worth at least $6 billion per year to the nation’s economy.

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at the University of Queensland are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At the master’s level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

Why study Conservation Biology?

One of the biggest problems confronting biologists worldwide is the increased extinction rate of animal and plant species. This is due in large part to the impact humans have had on land use, climate and resource consumption—an impact that is decreasing the earth’s biodiversity and increasing the number of endangered or threatened species at an alarming rate. Conservation biology is an integrative discipline that focuses on the problems of restoring and maintaining viable populations of animal and plant species, and natural and managed ecosystems. The program aims to provide core theoretical and practical training in conservation biology.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree with a in environmental management, environmental science; environmental studies; geography; natural resources; biology; ecology; conservation; sustainable development/sustainability; environmental engineering; marine science; marine studies; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Would you like more information about environmental science programs at the University of Queensland? Are you interested in studying conservation biology in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

UQ cuts carbon emissions and makes big savings

A major energy efficiency project at the University of Queensland is saving two tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every day.

As part of UQ’s ongoing sustainability program, UQ’s Property and Facilities Division recently replaced all lighting in three buildings on the St Lucia campus with energy efficiently LEDs (light-emitting diodes).

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The buildings are the two multi-storey carparks and Oval 6 Car Park 98C.

The change reduces energy consumption by 84 per cent, equating to $100,000 in annual energy costs.

The environmental savings are also considerable, with a reduction of 750 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually from the three buildings—the equivalent of running 100 average-sized homes.

University of Queensland’s Property and Facilities Division Deputy Director Mr Geoff Dennis said the upgrade ticked all the right boxes.

“It saves energy, reduces the university’s carbon footprint and lowers operating costs, both in terms of electricity consumption and future maintenance,” he said. “LEDs have a much longer life span, so lighting maintenance will need to be performed less frequently.”

The Property and Facilities Division Energy Manager, Chris Collins said the amenity for building users was another positive result from the project.

“The quality of the LED light provides a better service to car park users, yet at the same time light spill outside the building is reduced to the benefit of our neighbours,” he said. “Security is increased because the excellent colour rendition of the LEDs enhances the performance of the buildings’ CCTV cameras.”

The project is the latest in the University of Queensland’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact in the built environment.

“While we’ve made it a priority to ensure all new buildings at UQ are designed to the highest sustainability standards, we also recognise that energy efficiency retrofits are critical to greening the university’s existing building stock,” Mr Dennis said. “The success of this project across all indicators reinforces the case for future investment in energy efficiency initiatives at the university.”

Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Environmental management is the planning and implementation of actions geared to improve the quality of the human environment. The postgraduate programs in environmental management at the University of Queensland are multidisciplinary programs designed to enhance the skills and technical expertise of graduates working in all facets of the environmental arena. The programs aim to produce managers able to address the many issues in the highly complex and changing area of environmental management. At Masters level the degree may be taken in a range of fields.

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

What is Sustainable Development?

This plan is designed for students who wish to solve environmental problems. It emphasises the importance of a healthy environment as the basis of sustainable jobs and industries. Students gain the skills and knowledge to work towards sustainable development. Courses explore strategies ranging from cleaner production for individual industries, and better environment design, to regional and national environmental policies and plans.

Students acquire integrated knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including ecology, geography, economics, planning, law, environmental design and relevant social sciences. The final year focuses on environmental problem-solving and allows students to specialise in specific areas of sustainable environment management. Students also gain professional experience in applying social, economic, business and scientific principles to the management of natural, rural, and urban resources.

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: July 2014 and February 2015
Duration: 1.5 years

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree with a in environmental management, environmental science; environmental studies; geography; natural resources; biology; ecology; conservation; sustainable development/sustainability; environmental engineering; marine science; marine studies; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Would you like more information about environmental science programs like Environmental Management at the University of Queensland? Are you interested in studying sustainability in Australia? Contact OzTREKK Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia. Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day with environmentally savvy programs at Australian universities

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

We hear it all the time, but perhaps we’ve stopped listening. Now is a good time to rethink your water and electricity usage, your eating habits, and your footprint. What are you leaving behind? Activities for the day should include a visit to your local dump—that should be an eye-opener and a good start.

What began in 1970 as a teach-in about the environment has expanded year by year until Earth Day actions this year include more than one billion people in some 192 countries.

Many people are taking photos of their climate change experiences and sending them to the Earth Day Network to become part of an interactive digital display being shown at thousands of events around the world. In Australia, “Keep Australia Beautiful” organized a clean-up with representatives under 15 from across Australia. They compiled a video of each of them with pledge, message, and community service announcement. In Canada, Earth Day “cleanups” are organized all over the country, and many other communities are involved in Earth Day awareness pot lucks, rain barrel sales, educational films, and activities including tree planting and roadside garbage collection.

With so many new technologies and research studies coming out to acknowledge the Earth’s desire to better treat the environment, graduate programs related in this field of study are gaining momentum. Australia is renowned for its efforts to conserve its wildlife, natural settings and limited water supply, making it the perfect place to enroll in an environmental program. International students can benefit from the knowledge already acquired by Australia’s top academics, and there are a range of programs offered related to environmental management, unique for each student.

Here are some environmentally savvy offerings at Australian universities

Bond University: Master of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development)
Duration: 1.5 years
The Master of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) program provides an in-depth look at environmental management, imparting the knowledge that is needed for graduates planning to work in the environmental management area. A practical integration of disciplines is carried out via field work. This degree provides electives that allow students to explore their areas of interest. The content is globally focused, making this qualification relevant worldwide. Students can apply for a postgraduate industry internship in the final semester of the Master’s program. This includes the option of being involved in a client-based environmental management capstone project or a research dissertation.

University of Queensland: Master of Integrated Water Management
Duration: 1.5 years
The International Water Management suite of programs is taught by lecturers from four internationally recognized Australian universities, including the University of Queensland. The program aims to build future leaders in water resource management with an emphasis on working in developing countries. 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.

University of Newcastle: Master of Environmental Management
Duration: 1 year
The Master of Environmental Management at the University of Newcastle aims to produce graduates with the capability to constructively engage with the complex environmental concerns that confront contemporary societies. It emphasizes the integration of theory and practice and provides an interdisciplinary grounding in sustainability, environmental management, impact assessment and policy. On completion of the program, the graduate will have a good understanding of the key approaches in environmental management, sustainability and decision-making, and well-developed problem-solving skills.

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