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Celebrating our scientists for Science Week

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Meet Dr Rachel Przeslawski, Research Leader, Marine Ecosystems, DPI Fisheries.

Dr Rachel Przeslawski leads over 35 scientists, technicians, and managers to prioritise, facilitate, and communicate marine ecology research that supports our sustainable marine estate.

Her own research focuses on marine invertebrate ecology, particularly early life stages and the environmental impacts of multiple stressors.

Every day is different – for example, last week Rachel investigated the environmental impacts of offshore renewables, ecology of urchin barrens, and public accessibility of marine imagery.

For more information on this research, go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/fisheries-research.

Meet Dr Tom Davis, Research Scientist - Marine Climate Change, DPI Fisheries.

Dr Tom Davis is a part of the Marine Estate Management Strategy team, doing research to address knowledge gaps about the impacts of climate change on shallow rocky reef ecosystems in NSW.

This involves conducting towed video and diving surveys along the NSW coast to look for changes in habitat distributions, especially for kelp. He uses the data collected to project how marine habitats and species are likely to be impacted in the future by climate change.

More information on climate change research.

Meet Dr Matt Nimbs, Molecular Biologist, Climate Change Research, DPI Fisheries.

Dr Matt Nimbs was fortunate enough to finish his PhD studies on the molecular systematics of shallow water invertebrates and start working immediately for DPI in Marine Ecosystems, focusing on climate change research and monitoring.

“The global ocean, often overlooked, is a significant driver of the world's natural systems. From a biological perspective, it is a crucial scientific frontier, and I work right amongst it.”

Meet Jeremy Bright DPI Macadamia Development Officer Macadamia with the NSW Department of Primary Industries on the north coast.

Jeremy Bright is a key member of the Clean Coastal Catchments - research team. They are working with growers to keep sediment and fertiliser nutrients on farms and out of coastal waterways while supporting profitable and sustainable agriculture.

Jeremy was instrumental in developing the Integrated Orchard Management (IOM) concept with industry. IOM limits erosion while keeping macadamia orchards at peak production by maintaining well grassed drainage networks between the trees.

Jeremy’s also investigating how to get fertiliser inputs just right to replace nutrients lost through nut harvest.

“It’s great to be part of a research team that has harnessed 40 plus years of macadamia research to develop a system that improves farm profitability and water quality in waterways downstream from macadamia farms,” Jeremy Bright, DPI Macadamia Development Officer.

Clean Coastal Catchments research is funded via the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy.

For more information on this Clean Coastal Catchments research check out: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/water/clean-coastal-catchments/about-clean-coastal-catchments

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