Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, Crawley Facility
The University is pleased to announce Professor Erika Techera as the new Director of the UWA Oceans Institute.
Since joining UWA in 2012, Professor Techera has been an active member of the UWA Oceans Institute. She teaches and researches on a range of international and comparative environmental law issues, including good environmental governance and cultural heritage law and policy at both the global and regional levels. Her specific interests focus on oceans, governance, marine environmental law, marine protected area law and policy as well as sustainable development and community-based marine management in small island states. She has published and presented widely in these and other areas.
As the new UWA Oceans Institute Director, Professor Techera is dedicated to facilitating multi-disciplinary research, including strengthening engagement and broadening membership of the Oceans Institute both within UWA and with external partners.
"Much has already been achieved by the UWA Oceans Institute members working collaboratively with individual researchers and partner institutions. In 2017 we will work to advance existing arrangements and build new effective linkages".
The completion of the new state-of-the-art Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) provides an exciting and unique opportunity that brings together over 240 researchers and partners, CSIRO, AIMS and the Department of Fisheries. One of Professor Techera's priorities will be to ensure that maximum research benefits are achieved by the co-location of staff from these partner organisations.
Professor Techera is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and member of a number of associations including the International Bar Association (IBA), International Law Association (ILA) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and World Commission on Protected Areas. Prior to joining UWA in 2012 she held a variety of academic positions including as Director of the Centre for International & Environmental Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Futures at Macquarie University and worked as a barrister in Sydney.
Professor Techera has commenced her new role as The UWA Oceans Institute Director from the 1st January 2017.
Winner of the UWA OI Postgraduate Video Award for Best Storyboard,
Mirjam van der Mheen for "Wilson's Journey"
The results of the UWA Oceans Institute 2016 OI Student Video Competition were announced at the opening of the Woodside FutureLab OceanWorks late last year. Congratulations to all the students who submitted their work for consideration to the judges and to the following winners in their chosen categories:
1st prize: Mirjam van der Mheen, "Wilson's journey"
2nd prize: Claire Ross, "Coral Reefs in a Changing World"
1st prize: Belinda Martin, "Seagrass rhizospheres"
2nd Prize: Justin Geldard-Ker, "The Measurement and Application of Surface Waves in the Swan River, Wester Australia"
1st prize: Fernando Perez and Temi Kuteyi, "Problems into Opportunities; Boil-Off Gas and Natural Gas Hydrates. || Striving for Cost effective LNG in Offshore LNG Production Systems "
2nd Prize: Belinda Martin, "Seagrass rhizospheres"
A special thank you to Gundula Winter who was instrumental in organising this year's competition. Gundala has done an outstanding job as the Postgraduate Representative for The Oceans Institute over the past two years, integrating both her passions for marine science and science communication. Gundula recently attended the CommOcean 2016 conference in Bruges where she presented her case study, "Encouraging Science Communication at a Postgraduate Level".
As mentioned above, OceanWorks officially opened at the end of last year. OceanWorks is a collaboration between Woodside FutureLab and The University of Western Australia, located within the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre. This is a vibrant new space aiming to bring together industry and academia to share and spark new innovations advancing industry impact and delivering science and research outcomes associated with Ocean Engineering.
The Pilbara Marine Science Symposium, held at CSIRO, Floreat in October 2016 was an overwhelming success, attracting as many as 80 participants from various institutions and providing a great overview of the status of marine research in the Pilbara. The Pilbara Marine Science Partnership (PMSP) would like to acknowledge the Gorgon Joint Venture for funding support administered via the Net Conservation Benefit (NCB) which made this research possible. The presentations from the Symposium can now be viewed online at https://research.csiro.au/pmcp/2016-pmcp-symposium-slides-now-available/
Our member’s profile this month features our new Director Professor Erika Techera, discussing her passionate approach to multi-disciplanry research which covers environmental law, marine science, energinerring, social science and other disciplines.
Enjoy our summer edition of Oceans Online. We look forward to an engaging and rewarding 2017 and bringing you the latest news from our dynamic research community.