UC shows off environmental research

Greens MLA tours health and ecology facilities

Edward O'Daly

meredith hunter

Anna MacDonald and Stephen Sarre explain the work of the wildlife genetics lab to Ms Hunter (left)
Photo: Edward O'Daly

25 March 2009: ACT Greens parliamentary convener Meredith Hunter saw first hand the University's work to protect the environment when she visited the campus last month.

Ms Hunter toured the facilities of the University's Institute of Applied Ecology and was briefed on the new major and minor and sustainability, which allow students in any degree to develop skills to deal with the threats facing the planet.

"It was an opportunity to get a great understanding about the breadth and the depth of the work that's done here at the University," Ms Hunter said.

Ms Hunter said she was particularly interested in the work being done around water ecology and said the University had an important role as we face the challenges of climate change.

"The ACT can be leading the way by providing education and research," she said.

She met a number of researchers, including Stephen Sarre, who outlined work being done at the University to track foxes in Tasmania.

In addition to learning more about the University's environmental teaching and research activities Ms Hunter was briefed on outreach activities and plans for the new $11 million international microsimulation centre. She also toured the University's health facilities.