Presentations

CONFERENCES:     

2018                Velasquez, E. M., Bryan, S., Ekins. M. and Firn, J. (2018) Invited to present a plenary speed-note: Pumice rafting: A hitchhiker’s guide to marine biodiversity. The Ecological Society of Australia, Ecology in the Anthropocene. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez.

 Velasquez, E. M., Bryan, S., Ekins. M. and Firn, J. (2018) Poster: Pumice rafting: A hitchhiker’s guide to marine biodiversity. The Ecological Society of Australia, Ecology in the Anthropocene. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez.

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

2016                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.

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 International Biogeography Society – 7th biennial Conference, January 2015. Bayreuth, Germany. Presented by Eleanor Velasquez.

SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE:

2019                Invited to be a part of the ‘Flying Scientists’: Meet a scientist in schools program. Provides students at local schools to engage with a ‘real’ scientist and be inspired by your research.

 Invited to provide a lecture to a visiting college of undergraduate students from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Provide a one-hour basic lecture on the organisation of biological communities and ecosystems.

 2018                Invited to present a speed-note plenary at the Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Presentation: Pumice rafting: a hitchhiker’s guide to marine biodiversity.

 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 my FameLab presentation.

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.

2014                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

2018                Nominated for outstanding doctoral thesis award (status pending)

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

2015                National Finalist (Australia): The British Council’s FameLab (https://vimeo.com/129622194)

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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