Royal Society of Tasmania’s Annual Postgraduate Student Lectures


Three speakers from the University of Tasmania will give short talks about their postgraduate research

Start Date

2nd Oct 2018 8:00pm


Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. (Dunn Place)

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required.

Nicole Hellessey
Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies

Nicole was selected to participate in the inaugural international Homeward Bound Project in 2016 to raise awareness of women in STEM fields. Nicole is a passionate advocate for women in science and an upcoming Science Communicator with the ‘Young Tassie Scientists’. Nicole researches Antarctic krill diets and how they change seasonally, regionally and with the environment. She aims help the krill fishery become more sustainable through understanding when and where to harvest krill to maximise omega 3 outputs whilst minimising their krill catch. Everything from krill size and sex, to how much the fishery really harvests from the Southern Ocean will be put under the microscope and open for debate.  

Shasta Henry
School of Technology, Environments and Design

Shasta researches the impacts of wildfires on alpine invertebrate communities. After graduating with Honours in invertebrate ecology, she interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC; assisting in the identification of new species of beetles from the Amazon, which resulted in having an insect named after her. As a 'Young Tassie Scientist' and an independent Science Communicator Shasta talks with school students and the wider public about insects as technology, on farms, under your skin and on your plate. Shasta is the ‘entomologist on call’ for ABC radio Hobart and a member of the Australian Entomological Society Conservation Committee.

Peter Lynch
Conservatorium of Music

Peter is a graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Monash University and The University of Melbourne and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, and Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania. As Director of Murray Conservatorium, Albury (1999-2008) he established two orchestras, a number of smaller ensembles and presented numerous public concerts. For 40 years, he examined in Australia and overseas for the Australian Music Examinations Board while, as a classical guitarist, he has performed, broadcast and recorded as soloist and in ensemble with some of Australia’s most highly regarded musicians. His MA thesis on Gertrude Healy, the noted Australian violinist, was recognised by way of an entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and his PhD on liturgical music in four Australian monastic communities is now under examination.

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