26 July 2019

Ocean News & Technology: Pristine 500-Year Old Shipwreck Discovered in Baltic Sea

Shipwreck from the late 15th to early 16th Century found in the Baltic Sea with hull and mast still in tact, and tender boat leaning up against the mast.

The underwater imaging work that this team did is amazing; the wooden capstan and bilge pump, and swivel guns on the gun deck can be clearly seen.

Unbelievable preservation for 500 odd years on!

16 July 2019

Eco Magazine: Thirty Years of Unique Data Reveal What’s Really Killing Coral Reefs

This study shows land runoffs (fertilisers) and marine discharges (sewage) were impacting coral reefs long before seawater temperature increases were seriously impacting them, due to increased nitrogen levels causing phosphorous starvation thus lowering their temperature thresholds for bleaching.

Evaluating anthropogenic impacts to coral reefs can’t be undertaken in isolation from the big picture. It is essential that multi-sector activities, and their resulting direct and indirect stressors on the marine environment, are evaluated cumulatively (and precautionarily) ecosystem-wide if we are going to have even the slightest chance of being able to effectively protect and conserve these threatened marine ecosystems.

6 July 2019

Extremely honoured to have received the Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All award at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Perth, Australia on 6 July 2019.

Congratulations to my fellow WISE Professional Network committee members, Allison Selman and Lina Velosa, for their award recognitions. Both women are inspiring STEM role models for younger women and girls looking to forge a career within these fields.

I will share the videos of our talks on the UN Sustainable Development Goals on the WISE Professional Network website when available. 

25 June 2019

Eco Magazine: Danish Researchers Confirm That Narwhals and Belugas Can Interbreed

We still have so much to learn about our oceans – this is a seriously cool research finding!

‘A team of University of Copenhagen researchers has compiled the first and only evidence that narwhals and beluga whales can breed successfully …. For nearly thirty years, a strange-looking whale skull gathered dust in the collections of the Natural History Museum of Denmark … [they finally] determined the reason for the skull’s unique characteristics: it belongs to a narwhal-beluga hybrid.’

19 April 2019

Create: Is the humanitarian angle missing from engineering’s public image?

This article is an interesting read.

“It’s an industry-wide and, indeed, global problem. Each year, 15 to 20 per cent of undergraduates in engineering faculties across Australia are females. But just 12 per cent of these students actually make it into the workforce. How do we increase women’s participation? And then how do we retain them in the sector? At Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), it’s a wrong we’ve, uniquely, never needed to right.

….. A key conclusion was that involving women in humanitarian and social projects was a significant magnet in attracting them to engineering.”