[ASC-media] Free WA events: ECU Natural Science seminars Oct-Nov, staying green and microbial processes

Nardia BORDAS n.bordas at ecu.edu.au
Thu Oct 16 23:58:45 PDT 2014

Dear ASC Members,
You are invited to attend these upcoming seminars at Edith Cowan University.
They start at 3.30pm in room 19.143 at the Joondalup Campus (download a map at http://www.ecu.edu.au/about-ecu/our-campuses/campus-maps or request more info at n.bordas at ecu.edu.au<mailto:n.bordas at ecu.edu.au> ).

Friday 31st October Professor William Stock, Centre for Ecosystems Management, Edith Cowan University

Global Change: Why the world needs to stay green. This seminar will focus on aspects of my research with collaborators from around the world which falls into the broad field of Global Change Biology. The impacts of humans on the functioning of natural ecosystems will be highlighted and the role of plants in mitigating the impacts will be discussed. Without green plants we would not be here!

Friday 7th November Professor Matthew Fields and Dr Lisa Kirk, Centre for Biofilm, Montana State University

Crossing interdisciplinary boundaries generates new insights into microbial processes.
 The MSU Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) is a 25-year-old National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, integrating multiple scientific disciplines (e.g., microbiology, ecology, genetics, molecular biosciences, geobiology, geochemistry, engineering, microscopy, and biostatistics) to generate new insights into microbial process application. Driven by industrial, environmental, and health issues of national importance, the CBE develops beneficial uses for microbial biofilms and finds solutions to industrially-relevant biofilm problems, with members working in diverse locations (e.g., Antarctica and the hot springs of Yellowstone), on diverse topics (e.g., microbial fuel cells, healing chronic wounds, mine drainage).
In this talk, Drs. Fields and Kirk will describe the interdisciplinary CBE research center and present environmental case studies that integrate microbial molecular ecology, geochemistry, and geology.
The Fields Lab studies microorganisms and microbial communities associated with metal bioremediation, metal corrosion, and biofuel production. Dr. Kirk, Mining Outreach Coordinator for the CBE, researches microbial ecology and the potential for in situ biological stabilisation of mined materials such as backfilled phosphate mines, hydraulically-plugged underground gold mine workings, and open-pit coal mines.
Drs Fields and Kirk are hosted by the Mine Water and Environment Research Centre (MiWER) in the School of Natural Sciences as part of ORI's Capability Enhancement Scheme.

In science,
Nardia Bordas
Laboratory Technician, Promotions Officer | School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University | Room JO19.242, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027 | T +61 8 6304 5116 | n.bordas at ecu.edu.au<mailto:n.bordas at ecu.edu.au>  | School website: www.ecu.edu.au/schools/natural-sciences/overview<http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/natural-sciences/overview>
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