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June 2017

UTS scientists are about to search the Great Barrier Reef for resilient corals that show adaptation to climate change and study their genetic hardware.
Using new techniques, that target bacterial genes, specialised nitrogen-fixing bacteria have been identified for the first time.

May 2017

Launched earlier this month, the STEAMpunk girls program comprises a series of workshops designed to introduce young women in high school to entrepreneurship in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Justin Seymour and Maurizio Labbate awarded ARC Linkage grant to help combat oyster disease.
Marine biologist Emma Camp has spent many hours searching for corals in extreme environments around the globe and now thanks to a grant from National Geographic she can finally turn her sights to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

April 2017

Algae can be used for everything from animal feed to cosmetics, displacing less environmentally friendly products. A team of researchers across science, business and economics are working on the way forward for this emerging industry.
Do you wear runners, drink coffee or own a mobile phone? The chances are that these products cruised to you on a ship. In 2015, the global merchant fleet carried a record 10 billion tonnes of cargo, a 2.1% increase from the previous year.
Creating a culture of excellence which is open, agile and creative
The long-held vision of Climate Change Cluster (C3) Director Professor Peter Ralph to address energy and food security through algae-based industries is one step closer with the installation of a new rooftop facility atop the UTS Science Vicki Sara Building. The facility, a 600-litre Varicon PhycoFlow™ algal photobioreactor (PBR), is a first for Australia and is set to revolutionise the NSW bioeconomy.
Scientists have developed a method that allows the sulphur compound DMSP to be visualised in algal cells for the first time

March 2017

An imaging technique used in eye clinics is being used to examine tissue organization in reef building coral skeletons

February 2017

Four UTS scientists commence their journey to Antarctica this week working on a project supported by the Australian Antarctic Science Grant Program. The project is aimed at examining the role of sulphur compounds in Antarctic phytoplankton-bacteria relationships.

January 2017

Climate Change Cluster PhD candidate Stephanie Gardner may call it luck but those who know the young marine biologist will tell you that it was her exceptional science, dedication, persistence, and the ability to seize opportunities that got her a November 2016 berth aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov.
UTS scientists have shown that the host in reef building symbiotic partnerships plays a bigger role in maintaining the health of the relationship that previously recognised.
The highly successful 2016 C3 Colloquium bought together a diverse range of local and international experts to focus on algae-bacteria interactions

December 2016

Extreme wet years are getting wetter and more common. This means Australia's terrestrial ecosystems will play a larger role in the global carbon cycle.
Forecasting the levels and types of pollen across Australia will help predict and mitigate thunderstorm asthma epidemics.

November 2016

The biennial ASQAAC Science Day held in November 2016 was hosted at UTS, bringing key Australian seafood industry representatives and researchers together.
Scientists from the UK and UTS designed novel experiments to demonstrate that corals play key roles in contributing to processes that influence their immediate climate.

October 2016

The Wildlife One Health Initiative is a dynamic cross-disciplinary team of UTS scientists who aim to tackle wildlife health, loss and extinction.
The Climate Change Cluster continues to attract talented young scientists to its research programs: 2016 is shaping up as a bumper year with three Endeavour Fellows choosing to work with seagrass, coral and oyster experts at UTS Science.
C3 researcher Dr Mathieu Pernice studies microorganisms at the single cell level using state-of-the-art technology. He is sharing his expertise with Australian microbiologists as part of the ASM Visiting Speaker Program

September 2016

UTS Science won four out of six awards at this year’s UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence.
C3's microbial ecologist Jean-Baptiste Raina and marine biotoxin expert Shauna Murray are among the recipients of Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence.
Spring has sprung and so could Australia's first national pollen monitoring system thanks to research being undertaken by a team of scientists with funding from the NHMRC.
The East Australian Current (EAC) has a significant impact on the ecology of eastern Australia. With indications that the EAC will warm by 2 - 3°C by 2070, novel techniques and technology used by scientists aboard RV Investigator will provide information about the potential impacts on the marine foodweb, including the implications for commercial fisheries.
Eleven of the State’s leading universities, and the CSIRO, are partnering with the NSW Government to develop a new statewide innovation network giving start-up businesses access to expertise and resources they need to make their idea a success.
Sydney Harbour coral recovery study aims to understand what makes these unique temperate corals so hardy.

August 2016

A $1m NSW Government grant will support an innovative bio-manufacturing facility at UTS. Based on algae and known as the Deep Green Biotech Hub, it will connect industry, entrepreneurs and students to boost the state’s bio-economy.
The global decline of seagrass meadows is the impetus for the development of new techniques that will ultimately help coastal managers better manage and protect these vital marine ecosystems in future oceans.