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Friday, 26 August 2016 00:00

Getting a different perspective

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  There is so much to learn as an early career researcher, the phrase ‘the more I learn the more I realise I don’t know’ comes to mind. I recently attended a farmer workshop on soil fertility and grazing management of pastures. While I am by no means an expert on soil fertility I do know a little bit about grazing management, as a researcher. One of the presenters said to me before the workshop that I would already know all the information being presented. This got me thinking…. if only 5% of the information was new to me and…
  For National Science Week 2016 Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is calling on all Australians to get to know the names of at least five living Australian scientists. To celebrate this RAID has profiled five up and coming Aussie scientists working in international agricultural R4D – and they are Jessica Bogard, Caspar Roxburgh, Julia de Bruyn, David Gale and Anika Molesworth... Enjoy!   Jessica Bogard – linking nutrition, agriculture and the environment Current position: Jessica is a nutritionist doing her PhD at The University of Queensland’s School of Public Health alongside the CSIRO Global Change team. She is researching…
By Perry Poulton and Skye Gabb Perry Poulton is a research agronomist with CSIRO Agriculture and Food who has over 30 years experience working on agricultural research projects in Asia, Africa and Australia. Why is it important to record climate data on agricultural research projects? Agriculture is based around growing food and fibre, and the crops and livestock that produce these products are all influenced by climate. Therefore, researchers need to understand the environment that both crops and livestock experience. This is particularly important given production constraints are often driven by either management or climatic factors.  Figure 1. Perry and…
Friday, 05 August 2016 00:00

Tagging fish in Laos

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Bettina Grieve I am more than half way through my Honours research project on “Retention of Passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags in selected Mekong River fish”. There are currently plans to use PIT tagging to understand fish movements across the Lower Mekong Basin in South East Asia. To date, no studies have been performed on any of the 1,200 species that reside here to validate whether the critical requirements for tagging studies are valid for PIT tags. My study aims to explore this gap by trialing PIT tagging technology as a first step in investigating whether it could be a…
Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

Fortuitous opportunities?

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Chris Jacobson I’ve had some fortuitous opportunities in my career as a social scientist working in climate resilience and agriculture development. But these opportunities were not just down to ‘luck’. I’d like to think they’ve have arisen from (i) building good relationships, (ii) taking advantage of opportunities, and (iii) continuously evolving and building my skills. In my experience, later career academics often fail to explain these things simply to early career academics. So let me give you some examples. I met some great people when I first came to Australia; I made the effort to get to know them, taught…