2019 Playford Trust Regional Science & Engineering Scholarship
During my time at university, I have contributed to research regarding the issue of summer mortality on abalone farms, a project which I presented as a speed talk at the Australian Society for Fish Biology virtual conference. I have also volunteered in the South Australian Research and Development Institute oyster hatchery, which is responsible for producing oyster spat which is resistant to Pacific Oyster Mortality syndrome. This work has since lead to casual employment and has also helped me to gain casual work with the SARDI Molluscan Fishery group in Port Lincoln during my university holidays. I am beyond excited to gain more research and industry experience this year.
Last year I was also able to begin a casual academic role within the university which involves facilitating several first-year biology classes a week. This has provided insight into university teaching and has also allowed me to build on my confidence. After I complete my undergraduate degree this year, I hope to continue my studies, completing Honours and a PhD.