Researchers present Great Science

Scientists and researchers from the Great Southern and beyond gained a broad overview of the region’s current research activities and findings at the Great Southern, Great Science Symposium in August.

Topics covered included regional water resources, breeding healthier apples, the evolution of trapdoor spiders and Noongar biodiversity conservation.

Andrew Maughan outlines research on water resources in the Albany area.

Regional hydrogeologist Andrew Maughan, from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation South Coast, revealed the science behind the provision of scheme water for Albany and surrounds.

Mr Maughan described the use of airborne electromagnetic surveys and information from boreholes to develop a three-dimensional digital model of the available fresh groundwater.

He said the department could then assess the impact of climate change on the recharge of aquifers and, combined with demand projection, plan the sustainable management of water use with supply exceeding demand out to 2030.

Marine science students from Albany Senior High School continued the school’s long-term contribution to regional science by presenting the results of their marine environment survey and research on invertebrate settlement and juvenile salmon ecology in Albany’s harbours.

Among the 17 presentations by researchers, symposium attendees also heard about the geology of the Bremer Canyon, the evolution of trapdoor spiders, Noongar practices for biodiversity conservation, breeding apples for cardiovascular benefits, and the behaviour patterns of snails and slugs.

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