Congratulations Dr Linda Lever

Linda Hanlon (nee Lever) graduated on Monday with a PhD in Geography from Melbourne University. Her thesis examined the abundance of symbiotic fungus (arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM))on the root rhizomes of an invasive and a native dune plant species.  Sea wheat grass (Thinopyrum junceiforme) is an invasive species on the coast of Victoria. Linda’s work involved experiments…

PhD opportunity in Marine/Coastal Sediments

The following PhD project is currently available with the Melbourne University coastal lab: Littoral and shallow marine sedimentology of a temperate high-energy shelf: It is broadly known that the Victorian coast, Australia is partitioned into a siliceous eastern zone and carbonaceous western zone in the intertidal zone. Less is however known of the composition of…

Congratulations to Dr Sarah McSweeney

Sarah McSweeney was the recipient of the 2018 John McKenzie ECR Award for her research: The impact of artificial entrance openings on estuary processes and biota. The award provides $20,000 of research funds. Sarah’s project aims to look at whether drainage of the estuary lagoon following artificial openings can be empirically predicted and whether opening at…

Coastal Monitoring Project wins Victoria Coastal Council Award

Deakin University (A/Professor Daniel Ierodiaconou) Melbourne University (A/Professor David Kennedy) and Parks Victoria (Dr Steffan Howe) received an award at the annual Victoria Coastal Council Awards Night. The Victorian Marine Park Habitat Mapping and Monitoring Project was a joint winner in the category of Partnerships in Research and Monitoring. The award recognises that the Monitoring…

Congratulations Associate Professor Mike Hilton

Associate Professor Mike Hilton has  been awarded a New Zealand honour and is now a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He has received the award for a lifetime service to conservation. He has made significant contributions to coastal management in New Zealand, especially in his area of expertise in sand dune restoration.…

In Press: Last interglacial dunes in Victoria

This paper presents the first ever dated chronology for the series of dune fields and foredunes of the Gippsland Lakes area, Victoria. The authors used ground penetrating radar and luminescence dating to gain a picture of the coastal foredunes through time. A prograded coastal plain formed as a series of foredune ridges 125,00 years ago.…