Showcasing Early-career Researchers

Showcasing Early-career Researchers

The first seminar (in modern times) to showcase scientific research by emerging researchers was held from 9.00am – 12 noon, 18 February 2022. Each presentation was followed by brief Q&A featuring members. ECRs who would like critical feedback on proposed manuscripts without necessarily presenting during the event are encouraged to contact the Editor Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz This event was free and open to the public.

The event was recorded and has been uploaded onto YouTube: click here for the full event; and here for the presentation by Ryu Lipmann (technical difficulties prevented this from being included with the others).


All times are shown in AEST (Queensland). Presenter names are in bold.


Welcome to Country by Bridgette Chilli Davis, Murulla Kabi Kabi First Peoples’ woman and Society member

Welcome from President, Dr Ross Hynes, Housekeeping


9.10–9.20 am Boomerangs shape stone tools in ancient Queensland: Experimental archaeology and Traditional knowledge reveal a new function of the most iconic Indigenous tool

Eva Francesca Martellotta, Paul Craft

 9.20–9.30 am The effect of coral bleaching impacts on the recreational value derived from the Great Barrier Reef

Henry A. Bartelet, Michele L. Barnes, Kim C. Zoeller, Graeme S. Cumming

 9.30-9.40 am Testing strontium for estimating weaning ages: Implications for marsupial life history reconstruction

Maya Bharatiya, Tanya M. Smith, Christine M. Austin

 9.40-9.50 am Tidal restriction leads to enhanced methane emissions in tropical Australia

Charles Cadier, Scott Fry, Nathan Waltham, Adam Canning, Maria Fernanda Adame

9.50–10.00 am The potential effect of intersex individuals on threatened bird populations

Clancy Hall, Dr Dominique Potvin, Dr Gabriel Conroy, Dr Martina Jelocnik, Vasilli Kasimov

 10.00-10.10 am ‘Invasion debt’ after extensive land-use change: An example from central Queensland

Gabrielle Lebbink, Rod Fensham, John Dwyer

10.10-10.20 am Optimising facility location and sizing for coral aquaculture production

Ryu B. Lippmann, Kate J. Helmstedt, Mark T. Gibbs, Paul Corry

10.20–10.30 am Identification of novel peptides in Cavendish banana during fusarium wilt infection

Alexandria Mattinson, Ryan Zujic, Shi Wei Chen, April Hastwell, Elizabeth Aitken, Brett Ferguson

10.30-10.40am BREAK


10.40-10.50am Transcriptomic analysis of tissue regeneration in the Australian Redclaw crayfish identifies stem cell markers and myogenic differentiation genes: potential tools to develop cultured crustacean meat

Lisa Musgrove, Susan Glendinning, Josephine Nocillado, Cameron Hyde, Tomer Ventura

10.50-11.00am Using DNA information to breed for disease resistant strawberries

Katie O’Connor, Jodi Neal, Apollo Gomez, Joanne De Faveri

11.00-11.10am “Cyclone Babies”: Maternal accounts of pregnancy during severe cyclone events in Queensland

Cynthia Parayiwa, Amelia Kennedy, Alison Behie

11.10-11.20am Habitat use and survivorship of the endangered northern bettong post-fire

Christopher A. Pocknee, Jane A. McDonald, Diana O. Fisher

11.20-11.30am Are tropical mountaintop trees constrained in their distributions by physiological limitations: Thermal adaptation and acclimation to climate change

Arun Singh Ramesh, Alexander W. Cheesman, Darren M. Crayn, Lucas A. Cernusak

11.30–11.40am Wolbachia in scale insects: A unique pattern of infection prevalence, high genetic diversity, and host shifts

Ehsan Sanaei

11.40–11.50am What can ancient DNA bring to the identification of fallen Australian war casualties? Pioneering methodologies at Queensland based Ancient DNA Facilities

Sally Wasef, Ido Bar, Natasha Mitchell, Kirsty Wright



The abstracts submitted to support the scheduled presentations are available by clicking on the document here.