Research

Student Research Spotlight: James Hooper

Going back in time to understand the South American climate The Andean Puna-Altiplano plateau is the nexus between two extreme regions. On one side resides the arid Atacama Desert, and on the other sits the humid Amazon Basin. The plateau acts as a climatic barrier, where cool mid-latitude winds from the Pacific Ocean meet warm, moist …

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Student Research Spotlight: Ben Humphreys

Intelligent coatings: creating surfaces that respond to their surroundings Stimuli-responsive surface coatings are becoming increasingly popular due to their wide range of possible applications. These are materials that can reversibly change their properties, such as thickness, in response to signals from the outside world, such as temperature or light. These seemingly-intelligent materials can be used …

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Student Research Spotlight: Sarah McDonald

How does storm-water runoff affect aquatic organisms? Storms can be problematic for organisms living in urban aquatic environments, as the stormwater sweeps large quantities of metal contaminants from our cities and roads into stormwater drains, and out into the ecosystems of local wildlife. The effect is a short, but intense, exposure to these toxins. Our …

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Congratulations to our new SAAFE scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to Meltem Bayrak and Sachini Pathirannahalage, our two new Scholarship AINSE ANSTO French Embassy (SAAFE) recipients for 2020. The SAAFE program supports Early Career Researchers at PhD and postdoctoral levels to travel from Australia to France – and from France to Australia – to initiate sustainable research networks and …

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Congratulations to our 42 new PGRA scholars

AINSE wish to extend our congratulations to the 42 postgraduate students who have been selected to receive an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award (PGRA) commencing in 2020. The PGRA is a top-up scholarship that may be held until the expiry of the receipient’s Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship or equivalent primary scholarship. In addition to …

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New research in Nature Communications: “The first Australian plant foods at Madjedbebe, 65,000-53,000 years ago”

Australia’s first people were skilled foragers with complex processing techniques for plant foods, according to recent research by AINSE PGRA Scholar Stephanie Anna Florin and her collaborators from The University of Queensland in partnership with the Mirarr people. Their paper, published in Nature Communications, details analysis of charred plant remains at a site in western …

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