Highly diverse and highly successful: invasive Australian acacias have not experienced genetic bottlenecks globallyBy: Vicente, Sara, Cristina Máguas, David M. Richardson, Helena Trindade, John RU Wilson, and Johannes J. Le Roux. Annals of Botany (2021) | Find with Google Scholar »
Message from the HoD
This week, we bid a fond farewell to Phil Dartnell who is leaving us for pastures new. Phil has been standing in for Caitlin while she was on maternity leave and has done an outstanding job in her absence, particularly through the craziness of COVID and the curriculum restructure. A big thankyou to Phil on behalf of the Department for his dedication and professionalism, not to mention being an all-round nice chap!
Unfortunately, this week we lament the passing of Ron Oldfield. I never got to meet Ron, but Alison Downing and colleagues have written a touching and informative tribute that we have included in Department Matters this week. Ron made a very substantial contribution to the development and success of Biological Sciences at Macquarie and I am sure he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Save the Date
This Coming Week
Tues 4th May: 1-2 pm; Monthly Dept Meeting; Biology Tearoom – 14ER 280 tearoom
Wed 5th May, 1-2 pm: Biological Sciences seminar; Zoom link will be emailed out.
General News and Announcements
FSE staff are invited to submit an expression of interest for the following positions on the Committees of Academic Senate:
Category of membership
New term of office
Faculty staff member nominated by the Faculty Board
1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023
Dr Ian Jamie
Faculty staff member nominated by the Faculty Board
1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023
Dr Kerrie Tomkins
Each nominee is invited to submit a statement of up to 150 words with their expression of interest. Nominations are welcomed from all Faculty staff and are not restricted to Faculty Board members. All nominations should be submitted to email@example.com, by 5 pm on Monday, 3 May 2021.
Role of the Faculty Board
- The Faculty Board will be asked to endorse/vote on the nominations via circular resolution, by Friday, 7 May 2021.
- Endorsed nominations will be provided by the Faculty Board Secretariat to the Chair of Academic Senate and Academic Senate Standing Committee for approval.
Any questions about the roles can be address to Lucy Forshaw, Governance Officer, Governance Services
Ron Oldfield, sadly passed away last week
New University Dive Officer – Jane Mitchell
Meet, greet and have lunch with Macquarie’s new University Dive Officer, Jane Mitchell. 4th of May at 12 noon. Bring your lunch and meet at the Biology courtyard.
Suchitra Patki Farewell Card
Staff and students at Biology around mid-2017 may remember Suchitra Patki. She was seconded to help Biology administration during the FSE administration restructure.
It turns out she’s starting a new, undisclosed venture, outside of Macquarie University and a digital farewell card and gift contribution is being arranged. Click on the link below, if you were lucky enough to receive Suchitra’s help.
Promote your research group on Dept’s YouTube channel
We want your plant snaps!
Nature Conservation Council’s 2021 Bushfire Conference
Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th May – Online
Field Day 4th June – Face-to-face – GET TICKETS HERE
Join us next Tuesday for the eagerly awaited Nature Conservation Council of NSW’s 2021 Bushfire Conference. Speakers include leading academics, practitioners, Traditional Owners, and decision-makers such as:
- Former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW Greg Mullins
- Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean
- Emeritus Professor and author Bill Gammage
- Bhiamie Willamson
- Professor Andrew Bennett
- Professor David Lindenmayer
- Dr Mark Ooi
- and many more
Government tender for Species Expert Assessment Plans (SEAPs) project
SEAPs Project – Request for Tender – Applications close 17 May 2021.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has put out a Request for Tender around Species Expert Assessment Plans (SEAPs) for species and ecological communities:
Other relevant documents are listed on the AusTender site. Rachael Gallagher can provide advice to anyone interested.
Introduction to the Tidyverse
We recorded this workshop last year and invite you to watch the recording in your own time, and then join us for an hour of Q and A.
Bring along your tidyverse issues or any questions you have about the tidyverse in general. Post a question on our slack channel beforehand to increase the chances of getting a good answer: https://mqcoders.slack.com
Pre-recorded workshop: https://github.com/mqRusers/2020_03_Intro-to-Tidyverse
Make sure you download a zip file of all the workshop material before you watch the video (download from green button called “code”). There are 3 files to open:
- a powerpoint (.ppt) – open in PowerPoint – go through this first up to slide 23.. and this is where the video starts.
- .rmd file – open this in RStudio
- Video link – on your browser. The video starts quite abruptly, so you’ll need to have the other two files open before you start the video.
Q & A session:
Date: Thursday 6th May
Venue: Zoom meeting – please register for this workshop here. This will ask you to register and then you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.
Tue 5th May: Sara Hamzelou (PhD student), Proteomics of rice in response to drought stress. 1 pm to 2 pm, 4WW 322 or https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/87366264571?pwd=ZDhteld6KzNMVUtxbFQyNTUvdjhlZz09#
The COMBINE (Australian Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Student Society) is holding the below workshop for students, can we advertise this in your mailing list please? Registration deadline is at the end of next Monday (03/05/2021) AEST and the workshop runs on Tuesday and Thursday next week.
What: Introduction to Python Workshop May 2021
When: Day 1: 04/05/2021 – 1100-1500 AEST / 0100-0500 UTC (click here for your local time zone)
Day 2: 06/05/2021 – 1100-1500 AEST / 0100-0500 UTC (click here for your local time zone)
Where: Online via zoom
Mock Interviews: Interviewing for jobs can be challenging. Over the last few years, we have been offering mock-interviews for Students, Postdocs and Casual staff who have been shortlisted for one. If you are shortlisted for an interview and would like to do a mock before the real deal, please email Ajay [firstname.lastname@example.org] with relevant information [job description, application, mode of the interview – online or in person]. We will put together a relevant panel to help you prepare for your interview.
Venture Café – will be convening their community online, via Zoom, and offering the #ThursdayGathering programming in a Virtual format.
For more information visit: https://venturecafesydney.org/whats-on-this-week
HDR NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES
HDR – Grants
Society for Conservation Biology (Oceania) – best student paper and impact award
$500 will be awarded for impact on conservation policy or practice (including public outreach and science communication). For the best paper award, you must be a society member to be considered. SCBO nominations can be made online, and close 10 May 2021.
Forrest Research Foundation – postdoctoral fellowships in WA
Must be in final year of a PhD, or no more than 2 years post-PhD; must already have an offer of a position at a Western Australian university. Fellowship includes a salary contribution, accommodation allowance up to $21,000 pa and once-off $13,000 re-location allowance. See details and apply through Forrest website; closes 16 May 2021.
Society for Conservation Biology – Graduate Student Research Fellowship
Award (not specified) will go towards fieldwork costs; register on SCB website to apply; closes 18 May 2021.
Gottstein Trust – fellowships and awards in forestry
See Gottstein website. They have a few different awards, but in particular offer up to $5000/year for up to 3 years for PhD and Masters students working in wood or forest science, for “living and education-related costs”. The whole trust is very industry-focused. Applications close 9 am on 20 May 2021.
To support PhD or Masters degrees in public health, medical sciences, and “basic science research”. Applicants must be Aus or NZ citizens, or Aus permanent residents. Apply via grants.gov; closes 9 June 2021.
Green Talents Competition 2021: call for applications is now open!
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has held the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions since 2009. The award, whose patron is Minister Anja Karliczek, honours 25 young researchers from around the world each yearwho are engaged in excellent interdisciplinary work on environmental topics. The winners come from various scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. The call is open to all disciplines.
Applications close 19 May 2021.
The Green Talents are selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts and are granted unique access to the country’s leading sustainability researchers and scientists. This includes:
- An invitation to a multi-day Virtual Science Forum in October 2021 with “Science sessions” with leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies, which will virtually provide exclusive insights into their leading-edge research and projects.
- A chance to present themselves and their work in virtual one-on-one discussions held as part of individual appointments with experts of their choice (during the Virtual Science Forum).
- An invitation to Germany in 2022 for a fully funded research stay of up to three months. At an inspiring location of their choice, the Green Talents will gain new experiences and advance their professional careers while establishing long-lasting partnerships.
- Exclusive access to the “Green Talents network” of currently 282 high potentials in sustainable development from over 72 countries.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Enrolment in a Master’s or PhD programme OR a degree (Master’s/PhD) completed no more than three years before the end of the application process
- Strong focus on sustainable development and an interdisciplinary approach realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- No more than three years of professional work experience (this excludes professional work experiences gained within the scope of an academic degree)
- Proven excellent command of English
- Significantly above-average grades
- Not a German citizen nor a resident of Germany (individuals, therefore, not eligible to apply: German passport holders as well as anyone living in Germany at the time of application even if the residence is temporary)
Forms processing – send to below, NOT directly to Nathan, etc.
For timely processing of forms, e.g. enrolment, leave, etc.:
PhD: send pdfs to email@example.com – Julian will arrange signature and send it on.
MRes: send to firstname.lastname@example.org – Ajay or Matt Kosnik will sign and send on.
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In the Media
Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was interviewed about the government’s emissions target.
Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes was interviewed regarding the 2019-2020 bushfires.
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