Workshops

Genetic Monitoring of Marine Mammals                                                                                             
Where
: Tampa, Florida
Date: 27 Nov 2011
Description: This was a pre-conference workshop held before the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. It involved presentations of genetic monitoring techniques and case studies, and a panel discussion of relevant issues.


Development of Standardized Procedures for Cetacean Dart Biopsy Sampling                   
Where
: Tampa, Florida
Date: 26 Nov 2011
Description: This was a pre-conference workshop held before the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. It involved presentations and discussions of the current best practices for cetacean biopsy sampling and sample storage, which largely depend on the specific analyses (genetic, stable isotopes, hormones etc) being carried out.


Bayesian Phylogenetic Analysis using BEAST                                                                               
Where
: University of Sydney, Sydney NSW, Australia
Date: 18th-19th July 2011
Description: Through lectures and hands-on tutorials, the workshop taught how to use BEAST for Bayesian genetic analyses.


Population Genetics and Phylogeography Workshop                                                                   
Where
: University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA, Australia
Date: 17th-20th July 2010
Description: Through lectures and hands-on tutorials, the workshop taught how to use some of the most well-known, fundamental software packages for genetic analyses.

Blue Whale Workshop (by invitation)                                                                                                     
Where: Flinders University, Adelaide SA, Australia
Date: 13th-15th July 2010
Description: The workshop involved invited Australian and international blue whale researchers presenting and discussing current research, planning future research directions, and discussing photo-identification matching between different research groups. It was an intensive, collaborative effort that formed the benchmark for future directions in Australian blue whale research.

Genetic Analysis for Population Studies                                                                                            
Where
: Australian National University (ANU), Canberra ACT, Australia
Date:
13th-17th July 2009 (optional additional beginner course 10th-11th July)
Description: This is the 5th time this course has been held. It offered lectures describing various analysis, hands-on tutorials of analyses using the GenAlEx (Genetic Analysis in Excel) package developed by the conveners, and advice on analysing your own data.

Teaching and Teaching Portfolio                                                                                                         
Where: Macquarie University
Date: Part 1: 16 April 2009, Part 2: 4 May 2009
Description:
This was a joint Department of Biological Sciences and Genes to Geoscience initiative for Macquarie University students. Part 1 involved learning and discussing teaching strategies (from utilising how different students learn when teaching to forming assessment tasks and feedback), and Part 2 was learning and discussing how to develop a teaching portfolio.

Genes to Geoscience Research Enrichment Program (GGREP)                                           
This is an initiative of the Genes to Geoscience Research Centre (G2G) at Macquarie University. Various courses/workshops are run each year by different Macquarie University lecturers and researchers. Postgraduate students choose to attend these courses/workshops to help further their studies and open up future career possibilities.

The R Programming Environment

Date: 7th-9th Feb 2010
Description: The course provided an introduction to R (including basic programming), and tutorials on how to perform various statistical analyses and draw graphs in R.

Transition from PhD to Research Career
Date
: 5 August 2009
Description: Learned and discussed how to set yourself up during your PhD for a research career, and how to write grants to with the ultimate aim of pleasing assessors.


Outlook
Date: 30th-31st July 2009
Description: The aim of "Outlook" was to brainstorm future, exciting directions of research. In this way, new ideas and interdisciplinary collaborations could form. Macquarie University and international guest researchers presented what they saw as the future of their research area, then speakers along with postgraduate students and other researchers formed focal groups to discuss ideas.

Public Relations in Science
Date: 13 May 2009
Description: Provided a background to media and how scientific research fits into and can benefit from the media. We had practical hands-on experience and feedback in writing our own press release for our research.

Writing for Journals and Citation Metrics
Date
: 30 April 2009
Description: Provided an introduction to writing, publishing and monitoring your journal articles, and writing grant applications.

Developing a Research Website
Date
: 13 Oct 2008
Description: Learning how to create and maintain your own professional website. It involved lectures and a hands-on tutorial session.

'Gone Today, Here Tomorrow?' Case Studies of the Elusive Blue Whale                               

Where
: Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 28 Nov 2007
Description: This was a pre-conference workshop held before the 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. It involved international speakers presenting their past, current and future research on blue whales, and discussing the research presented.