Dr Arian Wallach’s (Centre for Compassionate Conservation, Faculty of Science) research is focused on how large predators are helping biodiversity flourish in the Anthropocene. Australian wildlife are as cosmopolitan as we are, and as species from overseas have established across Australian landscapes, some native species have declined. Killing introduced species has been the main response to this problem, but there may be another way which provides better outcomes both for threatened wildlife and the welfare of introduced species. This new compassionate approach is the conservation of large predators such as dingoes.
The overarching motivation for Dr Timothy Foster’s (Institute for Sustainable Futures) research is to improve the coverage and sustainability of safe water supplies in developing countries. The specific focus of his work at UTS will be to examine success factors and water security implications of entrepreneurial approaches to rural water service provision in Asia and Africa. In doing so, he hopes to provide the evidence base for policy-makers and practitioners to facilitate more effective market-based approaches than can accelerate progress towards the goal of safe water for all.
Dr Romy Lauche's research investigates complementary medicine informal health care (CM IHC) use amongst older adults with depression and anxiety, specifically, the challenges and opportunities for community health, the Australian health system and contemporary public health. Her research project — the world’s first in-depth, coordinated empirical study of CM IHC use for depression and anxiety in older adults – will provide findings of direct impact and significance for patients, communities, practitioners, health managers and policymakers.
Marine microbes are the unseen engines that drive the oceanic carbon cycle, which ultimately feeds the base of the marine food web and regulates global climate. However, technical limitations have restricted our ability to identify the ‘key-stone’ microbes most responsible for driving ocean carbon cycling, and to measure the chemical consequences of their activities. This project, undertaken by Dr Jean Baptiste-Raina (Climate Change Cluster, Faculty of Science), will combine new approaches in microfluidics, chemistry and oceanography to quantify carbon uptake by individual microbes in the ocean. This approach will advance our understanding of microbe-mediated chemical cycling processes to support our marine fisheries and monitor climate into the future.