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Welcome to some "summery" news from SIMS

As the new Director of SIMS, I’m pleased to make my first contribution to enews – welcome, and thanks for your interest in our research!

While some of our research activities have been slowed due to the pandemic, life in the ocean goes on. Above are just some of the beautiful and ornate microbes that dwell in the waters of Sydney Harbour.  I’ve also included a photo of the shore at Clifton Gardens – you may have seen similar water discolourations there. As users of the area, you may be curious as to what causes the water to change colour. There are some amazing examples of pink lakes in Western Australia (e.g., Lake Hillier) from which to draw inspiration.

Being curious ourselves, SIMS will start a new initiative to investigate the microbes of Sydney Harbour more closely.  Please check back here to learn about our progress!
From Professor Martina Doblin,  SIMS Director 

Get to know 'cityslicker coral'  

Brilliant podcast hosted by  Associate Professor Tracy Ainsworth, UNSW and her team of coral researchers.  Join lead researcher Dr Coulson  Lantz and fellow colleagues on a field trip to Chowder Bay to explore the biology of temperate corals and the team's research here at SIMS - it's a wonderful partnership between The James N Kirby Foundation,  the UNSW ReefSMARTReefs lab, and SIMS.

  Add it to the very top of your podcast listening!

Bringing Marine Science to the Museum of the Sea

A range of SIMS research is on show in an exciting new public space launched at the Australian National Maritime Museum this month. The Sydney Harbour Gallery and the Ben Lexcen Terrace were formally opened by the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP.  It's a great place to discover how our harbour works both above and below the water line.
Welcoming back our first students to SIMS

We've missed having students on site during the pandemic restrictions, so the SIMS Education team were very excited to welcome back students from three schools in recent weeks.  They represent the future stewards of our marine environment, so the place felt a bit empty without them.  We look forward to seeing all our regular schools, and many new faces too, over the coming months.
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