F.G. Swain Award shines a light on innovative platypus researcher

推荐最近最火的堵博软件 is pleased to announce PhD candidate Katherine Morrison from the School of Science as recipient of the prestigious F.G. 2022年斯温奖.

The award – named in recognition of the long and distinguished service of Emeritus Professor Graham Swain AM to the University through its antecedent institutions, Hawkesbury Agricultural College and then University of 推荐最近最火的堵博软件 Sydney Hawkesbury – recognises excellence in postgraduate research at the University’s Hawkesbury campus.

作为她博士学位的一部分, Katherine is leading innovative research into what impact heavy metal pollution has on platypus in the Greater Sydney Basin, an area where the species is already under great threat.

“This award means so much in terms of expanding my analytical research. Platypuses are such an iconic species and one of my favourite animals and to be able to complete a comprehensive study looking for heavy metals in their tissues really is the pinnacle of my overall thesis and a major gap in the literature,”凯瑟琳说.

Despite platypus being known to inhabit the waterways of the Greater Sydney Basin, there is a lack of research around the impact of urbanisation on the species, including a limited understanding of how heavy metals interact with them.

“人 may not be aware of how long heavy metals persist in waterways which means that long after the source of the pollution has stopped, the impacts continue and platypus populations that live in these environments can accumulate high levels of heavy metals, 可能导致死亡,”她说.

F资助.G. Swain Award will support the collection and analyses of tissue samples from all trophic levels which will show how heavy metals are moving through the aquatic system as part of the project.

一位蓝山居民, Katherine said she has spent her entire life near freshwater and is honoured to be able to contribute to the protection of these vital ecosystems through scientific research.

In the future she hopes to further integrate scientific research and communication to better conserve and raise awareness for the species.

“I believe that science isn’t just for scientists and if we want to enact positive change for our environment, 尤其是水生生态系统, and platypus populations then communities need to understand what is happening in their back yard to demand change and improvement,”她补充说.

F.G. Swain Award has a rich history of promoting innovation in postgraduate research at the Hawkesbury campus, which is home to some of the University’s leading research facilities, such as the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.

推荐最近最火的堵博软件 was recently named number one in the world for its social, ecological and economic impact in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.

作为其排名成功的一部分, the University was named first in the world for SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation.

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Ali Sardyga, Senior Media Officer