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PhD student Jacquomo Monk from Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences has won the 2009 Australasian Hydrographic Society Education Award.
The award, which is open to students studying within a broad range of maritime disciplines, carries prize money of $2500.
That funding will allow Jacquomo to present his work at the GeoHab (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) Conference in Wellington, New Zealand in May, and to the Hydrographic Board in Sydney later in the year.
The title of his Jacquomo’s research project is: “Understanding demersal fish-habitat associations using video observations and sonar imaging”.
Supervised by a team led by Daniel Ierodiaconou, the project utilises the recent advances in underwater remote sensing (such as acoustic positioning, multi-beam sonar and remotely operated underwater video) to generate detailed data to investigate the spatial relationships between the seafloor and marine coastal fishes in south-west Victoria.
The group’s achievements have been previously recognised by the Australian Hydrographic Society in 2006 with the presentation of a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for their development of new techniques for coastal habitat mapping.
Jacquomo is using predictive modelling techniques to get a greater understanding of these relationships. This information is essential to better manage these vulnerable, rare and ecologically important communities.
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