Thesis-submission Friday ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘

Friday 22 April was a huge day for two of our wonderful Adrift Lab students:

- Karli Mylius submitted her MSc thesis

- Bianca Keys submitted her Honours thesis

Over the past year, both of these young scientists worked to test and develop new methods for identifying micro- and nano-plastics in four bird species (2 shearwaters, 2 shorebirds) from Australia.

The team could not have been more supportive and inter-disciplinary, including a medical (human health) specialist, wildlife ecologist, and two flow cytometry and spectroscopy experts. In some ways, the students were thrown in the deep end, challenged to meet and manage this diverse team (spread across three campuses, heaps of fun during a pandemic!). Thankfully, the girls had each other to lean on as their projects had many complimentary aspects that meant they could work closely as a team (and as a result, co-author each other's papers: two papers out of your MSc/Hon, wow!). Together, they did a brilliant job managing their teams and projects and learned heaps of new skills - everything from how to work in lab, QAQC blanks and controls, statistical analysis, FT-IR, flow cytometry, and even project management (they're exceptional at booking meetings now, even when teams are large and complex!).

The supervisors, Jenn and Jack, are incredibly proud of how everyone came together to support the girls, deliver robust (very exciting) data, and send two exceptional young scientists out into the world.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Firstly, we acknowledge and pay our deep respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of the land on which this research was conducted and acknowledge Elders - past, present, and future. We thank the Australian Wildlife Society, BirdLife Tasmania, an anonymous donor and Detached Cultural Organization for provided funding for this research. Grateful to our many project partners and co-authors, including but not limited to, DPIPWE, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Dr Terry Pinfold, Dr Thomas Rodemann, and A/Prof Delphine Lannuzel.

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