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Dear <<First Name>>,

In a world somewhat 'quietened' by the constraints of the pandemic, researchers from our partner universities are anything but quiet.  Whether that be through the publication of critical science, or the commencement of new research at SIMS - there is so much to share with you. 

How bushfires can harm and even kill our delicious oysters

Oysters are filter feeders, extracting nutrients from the water, so that makes them very susceptible to water pollution such as that from bushfires. In critical research by the University of Technology, Sydney, citizen science oyster farmers on the South Coast are working with researchers  to determine how bushfire ash can lead to harmful algal blooms and oyster deaths.

FROM BUSHFIRE TO WATERWAY - READ THIS FASCINATING ARTICLE HERE

The Spread and Impact of Marine Structures

More than 32,000  square kilometres of the world’s marine environment has been modified by human construction and this is likely to reach nearly 40,000 by 2028, according to a new global assessment. The research led by Dr Ana Bugnot from SIMS, involved researchers from across Australia, Italy, the UK and the US in the identification of what is a vast footprint.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE
When you here the word microbes what comes to mind? 
More recently we've heard a great deal about microbes in the context of Covid-19, but their story is much wider - and its not all bad
This one is designed for our school students, but it has some great learning for us all - so dive in

Microplastic Distribution and Diversity

This research conducted at SIMS by Dr Damon Bolton from UNSW Sydney is investigating the patterns between population density and microplastic contamination in fish, and also exploring how different feeding strategies of fish may influence microplastic ingestion.
MICROPLASTIC RESEARCH AT SIMS
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