La Trobe University industry cadetship program at MDFRC
The MDFRC is proud to support the La Trobe University industry cadetship program. Each summer several students from La Trobe University spend 8-10 weeks working with staff from the MDFRC during the summer holiday period (December to February).The cadetship is available to undergraduate students who are about to complete their second year and are interested in pursuing a career in aquatic ecology.
Since 2006, the MDFRC has supported 33 La Trobe University students from Bundoora and Wodonga campuses. Ten of these students have progressed to complete Honours degrees with an MDFRC staff supervisor, three of these students have progressed to undertake PhD studies with an MDFRC staff supervisor and fifteen of these students have gained some form of employment with the MDFRC.
For further information contact:
Gavin Rees (MDFRC Wodonga)
P: 02 60249670 |E: Gavin.Rees@latrobe.edu.au
Marnie Long (La Trobe University, Experiential Learning Advisor)
P: 03 94796795 |E: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this clip, produced by the La Trobe University Media Department, we hear from students who have spent a summer working at the MDFRC through the La Trobe University industry cadetship prgram. We also hear some comments from MDFRC representatitves about the value of the program to the students involved and to MDFRC.
Outlines of recent summer cadetship projects at the MDFRC:
2014-2015 project: Dispersal energetics of fishes with different lifestyles: An assessment of the relative ability of fishes to 'bounce back' following disturbance.The objective of this project is to study the swimming energetics of two fishes with contrasting lifestyles: unspecked hardyhead (pelagic species) and flathead gudegon (benthic species). Building on recent work, we will test the hypothesis that hardyhead have a (a) higher critical swimming velocity, and (b) lower energetic cost of transport, than gudgeons.
2014-2015 project: Identification of physical characteristics of wetland and floodplain plants that facilitate dispersalThis project will use seeds from plant species that have been collected as part of MDFRC plant surveys undertaken by staff Mildura and Wodonga to (i) photograph and describe the physical characteristics of seed; (ii) obtain estimates of the weight of seeds, and (iii) undertake experiments to estimate of the duration that seeds of individual species float.
2014-2015 project: Finding new species of caddisfliesThis project focuses on determining if some populations of Caddisflies on mainland Australia are new species. The student will collect material from Mt Kosciusko and possibly Mount Buller and the Bogong High Plains, depending on specimens already in the MDFRC collection. The student will learn the basics of taxonomy and will identify diagnostic characters that separate out the tentative species. They will also carry out some genetic analyses that will help inform their taxonomic decisions.
2013-2014 project: Pavlov’s Carp: training pest fish to accumulate to facilitate control opportunities.Pavlov’s Carp: training pest fish to accumulate to facilitate control opportunities.
2013-2014 project: A monitoring program to determine the watering requirements of floodplain populations of the southern pygmy perch, Nannoperca australisA monitoring program to determine the watering requirements of floodplain populations of the southern pygmy perch, Nannoperca australis
2013-2014 project: Characterisation of aquatic plant seedsCharacterisation of aquatic plant seeds
2013-2014 project: Dynamics of dissolved and particulate organic matter in freshwater ecosystemsDynamics of dissolved and particulate organic matter in freshwater ecosystems
2013-2014 project: Identification of zooplankton resting eggsIdentification of zooplankton resting eggs
2013-2014 project: Using classical and DNA techniques to identify Macroinvertebrates at Bogong High PlainsUsing classical and DNA techniques to identify Macroinvertebrates at Bogong High Plains