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ASMR student poster award for copper nanomaterials project

Deakin University biomedical science honours student Lesley Smith was presented with the 'Best Honours/Equivalent Poster Presentation Award’ at the 2016 Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Victorian Student Research Symposium in June.


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Researchers find connection between evolution and cancer

Combining evolutionary and ecological models can improve understanding of cancer.


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Deakin researchers call for regional rethink

Given the population explosion predicted for Melbourne, its time for smarter use of Regional Victoria, claim Deakin experts


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Aussie ocean habitats to be valued as part of global mapping project

Deakin researchers are set to put a value on southern Australia’s underwater habitats, as part of the Global Mapping Ocean Wealth Program.


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Bearded dragons can change their spots

Bearded dragon lizards can change the colour of different body parts for different functions.


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Fuelling a greener tomorrow

An Indian-based Deakin student is exploring the potential of a unique bacteria for producing biofuel.


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Student scholarships support penguin and aerial vehicle projects

Two Deakin University students have been announced as recipients of Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships this year, for two very different projects.


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Spotlight on tackling climate change at seminar

Anna Rose, Australian author and environmentalist, was the guest speaker at this year’s Deakin Enviro Seminar, with an engaging and inspiring presentation ‘Tackling Climate Change: Why you’re more powerful than you think’.


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Diabetes linked to changes in gene behaviour driven by environment

Why gestational diabetes leads to type 2 diabetes has baffled medical science for decades, but new research led by Deakin University has shown the answer could be in our genes’ ability to change their behaviour due to signals from the environment.


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Migratory birds pay the bill for Arctic warming: Deakin research

A warming globe has been directly linked to higher mortality among one of the world’s most iconic Arctic-breeding, migratory shorebirds.


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Natural antibodies could combat Tasmanian devil cancer: Deakin research

Deakin University scientists may have found a way to stop the cancer that has been killing Tasmanian devils for the past 20 years.


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Citizen scientists offer birds-eye view of Aussie backyards for conservation

Deakin University scientists have gained the biggest ever birds-eye view of Australian backyards, offering a fascinating insight into the variety, number and even size of avian wildlife drinking and washing in bird baths across the country.


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GPS technology keeps eagle eye on Melbourne’s elusive powerful owls

Deakin University scientists are using GPS technology to monitor how Melbourne’s Powerful Owls make use of urban landscapes.


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Blue Carbon Lab targets climate change

A new research lab will focus on preserving coastal ecosystems and mitigating climate change.


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New roadmap for future research of marine kingdom

A team of 40 scientists from across the world has come together to build a road map for future research of the planet’s marine life that makes the best use of tracking devices which allow individual animals to be followed as they move around the oceans.


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Scientists discover five "Drowned Apostles" near Great Ocean Road

Dubbed the Drowned Apostles, scientists have discovered an extra five limestone columns hidden deep under water.


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Ecology on the radio

Sundays are about to get a bit busier for Deakin University ecologist Dr Euan Ritchie as he joins the on-air team of radio science show Einstein a Go-Go.


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New Deakin research questions whether shark control programs work

New research from Deakin University has questioned the assumption that shark control programs designed to reduce the numbers of shark attacks on NSW and southern African beaches actually work.


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Genetic changes in birds could throw light on human mitochondrial diseases

Researchers have made a rare observation of rapid evolution in action in the wild, documenting the spread of a newly arisen genetic mutation in invasive starlings, which could shed light on mitochondrial disease in humans.


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Researcher Profile – Dr Matthew Symonds

Discover Matthew Symonds and his research in evolutionary ecology and the natural world.


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It’s every little penguin for themselves when it comes to catch and kill

Little penguins stalk their prey in groups, but when it comes to catching and killing them, it’s every bird for themselves, new Deakin University research shows.


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2015 Australian Award for University Teaching

Dr Mike Weston from Deakin's School of Life and Environmental Sciences has been awarded for teaching excellence in the category of Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies at the recent 2015 Australian Awards held on 8 December.


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You are what you eat: variety in diet good for Aussie fur seal survival

Deakin scientists have attached cameras to Australian fur seals as part of an investigation into how south east Australia’s most important marine predator may respond to future environmental changes.


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Training award to build ties between Deakin and Bangladesh

Associate Professor Abu Noman Faruq Ahmmed from the Department of Plant Pathology at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Bangladesh is the recipient of a highly regarded Crawford Fund Training Award and will be working within Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences.


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Paving the career path for early and mid-career researchers

Early and mid-career researchers, as well as PhD students and academics from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences came together on 4 November to learn about opportunities that different career pathways can offer to aspiring young scientists.


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Environmental research acknowledged in ERA 2015 rankings

The quality of Deakin’s environmental science research programs has been reflected in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) ratings.


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AMP Tomorrow Maker 2015 – Peter Macreadie

Dr. Peter Macreadie a Marine Ecologist from our School of Life and Environmental Sciences was one of 42 recipients of AMP’s Tomorrow Fund.


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Deakin scientist receives state's first Inspiring Women Fellowship

Ecologist and conservation scientist Dr Emily Nicholson has become one of four women in science to receive an inaugural inspiring women fellowship.


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Researcher Profile: Dr David Francis

Find out more about Dr Francis’ research at Deakin within aquaculture and sustainability issues that surround the aquaculture industry.


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Salmon research worth its salt

Deakin will join with Australia's largest salmon producer to improve the welfare of cultured Atlantic salmon.


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Victorian Marine Science Consortium Award success

Marlenne Rodriguez Malagon was presented with the ‘Victorian Marine Science Consortium – Postgraduate Award’ at the Victorian Coastal Awards on the 14th of October.


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Deakin scientist offers hope amid global warming problems from seagrass loss

The tiny holes humans tear in the ocean floor on an almost daily basis have major consequences for global warming for generations, a leading Deakin University scientist has found.


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Researcher Profile: Dr Kelly Miller

Find out who Kelly Miller is and her research in the ‘human dimensions’ of wildlife management issues and wildlife-human interactions.


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Shark alert: Ocean predators protect humans from climate change risks

Sharks are the unlikely heroes protecting humans from the perils of climate change, Deakin University researchers argue in today’s publication of esteemed science journal Nature Climate Change.


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Chemists click onto promising TB treatment

Researchers have stumbled across a promising discovery that could help to combat the current global tuberculosis pandemic.


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‘Living the future’ into the classroom

Marine Biology and Fisheries and Aquaculture students at Warrnambool are ‘living the future now’ in their classrooms through an industry research partnership empowering them with knowledge and skills for their future careers.


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Learning amazing facts about the human body through body painting

An enthusiastic group of third year students completed their eighty hours of work placement as part of the Professional Practice unit in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences by hosting a display at Open Day at the Deakin Burwood Campus.


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Deakin research prompts scientists to investigate evolution’s role in cancer

Centre for Integrative Ecology scientists are eager to investigate if evolution can determine cancer development and even fight the disease, in the wake of exciting new findings that show evolution follows predictable pathways.


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Seeking to understand why animals do the things they do

For Deakin University ecologist Dr Alexander Wilson, an interest in what would become his field of study started early.


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Eureka award for Ecosystem Red List researchers

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team, led by Australian researchers, has received one of the nation’s most prestigious science awards - a 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Award. The Eureka’s are the “Logies” of the science world, celebrating Australia’s leading scientists and scientific breakthroughs.


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3MT success for misunderstood maggots and big data research

Congratulations to Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment representatives Natalie Gasz and Shivapratap Gopakumar on their success in the final of the Deakin University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition recently.


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Biomedical career evening a great success

Deakin University Biomedical Society (DUBS) hosted its third annual 'Careers and Cocktail' evening on 29 July at the St Andrews Conservatory in Fitzroy.


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The Undersea World of Daniel Ierodiaconou

He might not sport a red beanie, but Deakin's Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou could be Australia's 21st century answer to legendary French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau.


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Congratulations to new Alfred Deakin Professors

Professor Neil Barnett and Professor Colin Barrow have been appointed Alfred Deakin Professors, the highest honour the University can bestow on a member of academic staff.


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ARC projects for LES researchers

Two members of Deakin's School of Life and Environmental Sciences are involved in projects being led by other institutions that were successful in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage awards.


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Warrnambool lecturer wins seafood research award

Warrnambool marine ecologist recognised for habitat mapping work that has helped to protect reef systems and seafood stocks.


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Leading Ecologist Dr Euan Ritchie joins National Threatened Species summit

Ecology expert Dr Euan Ritchie will argue the case for rewilding of native apex predators such as the dingo and Tasmanian devil at the inaugural national Threatened Species Summit tomorrow.


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Seaweed the jewel in crown of Deakin photography exhibition

It's often smelly, slimy and gets in the way of a nice walk on the beach – and being called a weed doesn't help – but the true colours of the maligned seaweed have been revealed through Deakin University photography.


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Deakin Geelong to host national marine sciences conference

Australia's top marine scientists will gather in Geelong next week to discuss latest research, challenges and solutions for the nation's future environmental sustainability.


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Humans once hunted them, but may now hold key to fur seal survival: Deakin research

Oil rigs and artificial reefs are often given a bad rap for their environmental impact but they may be playing a vital role in feeding one of Australia's largest sea creatures, still recovering from centuries of hunting by humans, new research led by Deakin scientists has found.


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Scholarship success for LES honours students

Three Deakin School of Life and Environmental Sciences honours students have been announced as recipients of Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships in 2015.


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Forensic science program in the news

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences outreach program 'The Forensic Detective' was in the news recently, featuring in an article in The Sunday Age.


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Blue carbon the unsung hero in the fight against climate change: Deakin research

Deakin University scientists have completed Victoria's first ever stocktake of blue carbon hot spots, revealing millions of tonnes of stored carbon, which they say is at risk of being returned to the atmosphere unless conserved.


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Climate change could wipe out Australian mammals: Deakin research

Australian native animals could be under threat of extinction from climate change, with a unique longitudinal study by Deakin University scientists finding our small mammal populations are suffering the ravages of long-term low rainfall conditions and intense wildfires.


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Scientists unscramble egg allergens

In a world first, a Deakin / CSIRO research team has achieved one of the first critical steps towards developing allergy-free eggs. The breakthrough could lead to the production of allergy-free eggs within as little as five years.


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Deakin brings Victoria’s underwater kingdom to the surface with bird’s eye view

Deakin University researchers have been given a bird's eye view of Victoria's underwater kingdoms, after attaching miniature video cameras to seabirds in a bid to work out how they find food in different environments.


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Bird beaks feeling the heat of climate change say Deakin scientists

While the human population grapples with ways to counter the effects of climate change, Deakin University research has discovered that birds might have been working on their own solution for the past 145 years – grow bigger beaks.


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Deakin ecologist embarks on big roo count to help save mammals

A Deakin University ecologist has launched a fundraising campaign to support his journey into the far northern tropics to collect information on kangaroos and wallabies as part of his mission to save them from extinction in northern Australia.


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Seaweed could help counter effects of climate change: Deakin research

A study into the carbon capturing capacity of coastal plants and seaweeds provides new insight into their potential to help counter the effects of climate change.


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Peter Garrett visits SEBE

Deakin University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) and School of Life and Environmental Sciences ran their annual Deakin Enviro Seminar recently, hosting a presentation by Mr Peter Garrett AM – environmental activist, Midnight Oil frontman and former government minister.


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Deakin research saves Antarctic fish from wastewater fate

The findings of a Deakin University PhD student investigating the impact of wastewater on fish in Antarctica has contributed to a major new environmental initiative to protect the continent from pollution.


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Dullness an advantage when it comes to survival - at least for birds

In the bird world of parenting, it is a matter of survival of the dullest, according to new international research led by Deakin University.


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LES graduates in the news

The achievements of two new Deakin marine biology graduates made headlines in the Warrnambool Standard recently.


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Deakin scientists partner with Ridley to improve fish quality, reduce impact on environment

Deakin University scientists are on a mission to make the fish we eat healthier, tastier and more sustainable, by creating food for farmed fish completely free of any other marine life.


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Helping to shape coastal planning and conservation

There was a strong Deakin University presence at a recent meeting of the Science Panel of the Victorian Coastal Council, with a group of six School of Life and Environmental Sciences academic staff attending.


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Deakin research finds birds could hold secret to lasting relationships: work together and stay together

The more offspring a couple has to raise the more closely together they work to feed them, contradicting years of scientific belief, new Deakin research has found.


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Bloomin’ heck! Deakin marine scientist latches onto solution to jellyfish

They can wipe out an entire commercial fish farm overnight, terrify open water swimmers throughout the world and disable power stations, but Deakin's top marine scientist is part of a global team which could have the solution to the sting of the jellyfish bloom.


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Wetlands - wellsprings for carbon capture

In the battle against climate change, the role of rainforests in storing carbon is well understood - yet Deakin scientists believe that the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.


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Slow and steady wins the race of the underwater world: Deakin research

Slow and steady doesn't just win the race between a tortoise and a hare, with new Deakin University research showing sluggish, shy and slow-growing underwater creatures have a better chance of avoiding death by fishing hook than their bigger and bolder counterparts.


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From Geelong to Montpellier, researchers hope animals hold key to better human cancer outcomes

A Deakin University biologist is collaborating with French scientists to unlock the secrets to the animal kingdom's ability to fight cancer in an attempt to help human medicine better prevent and cure the disease.


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Birds of a feather flock together to thrive despite stress: Deakin research

Australia's avian populations may be more resistant to environmental variations, such as climate change, than scientists may have thought, new Deakin University research shows.


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ARC funding supports LES researchers’ quests for discovery

Professor John Endler and Professor Guang Shi will each be leading Discovery Projects while Dr Lee Rollins is the recipient of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).


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Metals community celebrates a brilliant career

A symposium has been held in honour of Emeritus Professor Julian Mercer, who has retired from Deakin after 15 years with the university. The symposium was hosted by the Melbourne Biometals Group and attended by a number of Australia's leading metal biologists.


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Salmon expert reels in top nutrition medal

Deakin nutritionist Associate Professor Giovanni Turchini has been awarded one of the Nutrition Society of Australia's (NSA's) highest honours - the NSA annual medal, in recognition of his outstanding research in aquaculture and nutrition.


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Top award for smart parrot research

A Smart Geelong "Researcher of the Year" award has capped off an outstanding year for Deakin PhD student Justin Eastwood.


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Discovering how cells play protein jigsaw

Mention quality control and many would think of large factories and long production lines, but Deakin University molecular biologist Dr Bernhard Dichtl is investigating the role of this process in a somewhat smaller environment – inside cells.


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Networking and collaboration on workshop agenda

Deakin evolutionary ecologist Dr Beata Ujvari will be heading to Scotland in November to participate in an international workshop on diversity in telomere dynamics, with the support of a travel grant from The Ian Potter Foundation.


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