Presentations

CONFERENCES:     

2016

Velasquez, E. M., Bryan, S. and Firn J. (2016) Speed talk (abstract accepted): Pumice rafting: A hitchhiker’s guide to marine biodiversity. Society for Conservation Biology 4th Oceania Congress, July 2016. Brisbane, Australia. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez.

Velasquez, E. M. and Firn, J. (2016) Poster presentation: Melaleuca irbyana: does reserve size drive seedling recruitment in a critically endangered tree? The 2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity, February 2016. Melbourne, Australia. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez.

2015

Velasquez, E. M., Bryan, S. and Firn, J. (2015) Contributed Talk: Havre pumice rafts: A unique test of the theory of island biogeography. The Student Conference on Conservation Science, February 2015. The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez.

Velasquez, E. M., Bryan, S. and Firn, J. (2015) Contributed Talk: Havre pumice rafts: A unique test of the theory of island biogeography. The International Biogeography Society – 7th biennial Conference, January 2015. Bayreuth, Germany. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez

SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE:

2017

Invited to be part of Foxtel’s History Channel ‘Coast Australia 3’ airing on Foxtel and BBC2 in 2017 (Interview and filming occurred on Hinchinbrook Island April 2016): This segment of the highest rated Fox History Channel Documentary series features me in a segment, where I am interviewed by Professor Tim Flannery regarding my research on pumice rafting.

2016

National Finalist, State Finalist (Qld) and People’s Choice Award: The British Council’s FameLab (https://vimeo.com/129622194)

Finalist: Fresh Science Southeast Queensland (https://youtu.be/ouGxYCbt16M)

Interviewed by Kathy McLeish ABC News Online: regarding my research into pumice rafting (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/hope-for-reef-revealed-by-marine-hitchhikers/7578668)

 2015               

Invited to present at NASA’s (QUT alumnus’) Abigail Allwood’s key note address: “Brisbane to NASA: My Research Journey”, July 2015. QUT, Brisbane, Australia. Here I presented a short piece on my career to date and also my FameLab presentation into my research on pumice rafting.

Invited to speak on ABC radio: Spencer Howson’s morning show, Brisbane region. Interview regarding my research into pumice rafting: ‘A Hitchhiker’s guide to pumice rafting’ and my participation in the State finals of FameLab.

QUT 3-minute Thesis Competition: Runner up for the Faculty of Science and Engineering component of this competition.

Invited to present at QUT SEF HDR Students’ Induction Program (2014): Invited to present a 10 minute seminar to new HDR students on the topic “Life as a post-graduate student” as part of Science & Engineering Induction Program.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

2016

Finalist: Fresh Science Southeast Queensland 2016 (https://youtu.be/ouGxYCbt16M)

 2015               

National Finalist (Australia): The British Council’s FameLab (https://vimeo.com/129622194)

State Finalist (Queensland) & People’s Choice Award: FameLab

SCIENTIFIC GRANTS AND FUNDING

2016               

Society for Conservation Biology 4th Oceania Congress 2016: Conference registration waived. Competitive award, chosen based on application outlining the importance of research.

 2015               

Science & Engineering Faculty, QUT, Student Travel Award: $1415 funding secured to pay for travel to domestic conference

Short-listed for the Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Award: While the award was not received, a written commendation for the high standard of my application for this award was received along with encouragement to apply again in 2016 ($6000)

 2014               

Awarded Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship: To continue research developed initially as a Research Masters into a PhD 2014 -2017, 3 years

 The International Biogeography Society, Student Travel Award: 450USD funding secured to pay for international travel to attend conference

 Science & Engineering Faculty, QUT, Student Travel Award: $1200 funding secured to pay for international travel to attend conference

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