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Biodiversity in the City : issue 1
17 Sargent Bray Sargent is interested in biology, geology, and chemistry. Biogeochemistry is important to understand the flow of important elements, like carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, through modern ecosystems allowing us to better understand ancient Earth and other planets. Currently he is interested in determining if salt lakes can be dated using carbon-14 dating of ancient microbial mats in lake sediments. Tamsyn Garby Tamsyn is interested in the origins of life as we know it on Earth, and is more specifically studying the origins of photosynthesis. Her project involves extracting material from the living stromatolites of Shark Bay, Western Australia, to study the evolutionary history of cyanobacteria, the photosynthetic bacteria responsible for the oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere. Dan Faith Dan Faith is a principal research scientist, his research integrates biodiversity and systematics, including the fascinating area of "biodiversity informatics". Much of his research is concerned with how studies assessing biodiversity can be applied to other situations. This work extends from the scale of genes to whole countries. Special emphasis has been given to the best-possible use of the Museum collections in regional biodiversity assessments, and how biodiversity assessment is linked to sustainability and economics. Australian Museum Lauren Hughes Dr Lauren Hughes is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in Amphipod Crustaceans. With a focus on shallow-water marine fauna her work has recognised over 100 new species from Australia and its external territories. Lauren uses this biodiversity information to investigate biogeography and support conservation management, her research is made available to the broader scientific community to facilitate Australian species identifications. Final Frontier links AMPHIAWEB Bush Blitz NASA Astrobiology Jodi Rowley Jodi Rowley is an amphibian biologist. She explores remote forested mountains in Southeast Asia, in search of rare, threatened and previously unknown amphibian species. Using a combination of morphological, acoustic (frog advertisement calls) and molecular data to discover and describe new species, Jodi strives to help document and ultimately conserve Southeast Asian amphibian biodiversity.