Ben Ford receiving Deans Merit Award
from Dean Bruce Milthorpe
Seven Environmental Science Honours graduates were formally recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at the recent UTS:Science Annual Prizes Ceremony 2012. Ben Ford, Rathini Mahendran, Belinda McCarthy, Jack O’Connor, Davina Poulos, Charlotte Robinson and Mathew West all recently graduated with First Class Honours. In addition Ben was awarded the University Medal at his May graduation ceremony.
Ben’s supervisor, Dr Andrea Leigh, said that his excellent work during undergraduate years was exceeded only by his outstanding Honours thesis. Ben is currently working in bush regeneration and is writing up his Honours research on photoprotection mechanisms in Proteacea species for publication.
As for the rest of this talented group a number have chosen a research path: Jack has been working as a research assistant at the Australian Museum and has taken up the offer of a PhD in The School of the Environment’s Fish Ecology Lab. Charlotte is also continuing PhD research at UTS in the Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) in the area of phytoplankton and carbon cycling. Davina is now a PhD student at James Cook University in Townsville.
Belinda, Mathew and Rathini are currently applying their skills in a diverse range of roles: Belinda has been working in Education Outreach at the Sydney Aquarium, Mathew secured a job with environmental consultants Douglas Associates and Rathini is working for CityRail.