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Science bursary to support Snapper research

Friday 13 May 2016

University of Adelaide student Jasmin Martino has been awarded the 2016 SARDI Science Bursary for Women to help support research in South Australia's Snapper industry.


Currently undertaking a PhD in Marine Biology, Ms Martino will use the $1500 bursary to support her thesis, 'Reconstructing the growth and physiological histories of an iconic Australian fish species'.

The bursary will be used to support a crucial component of the research by funding an advanced analysis of Snapper otoliths.

SARDI Acting Executive Director Kathy Ophel-Keller said Ms Martino was a worthy recipient of the bursary, highlighting the importance of research and development for the fisheries sector.

"This project's aims align with the objectives of SARDI's Fisheries program which conducts biological, ecological and fisheries research, focusing on population dynamics and fisheries biology on key temperate fish species, such as Snapper," Ms Ophel-Keller said.

"This is also a prime example of how PIRSA is supporting women researchers and their work under the Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy."

Through Ms Martino's research, juvenile Snapper will be reared under increasing temperature levels for one month and then placed in a swim flume to quantify physiological parameters at rest and under physical exertion. After this, otoliths (ear bones) are then extracted.

The results can then be used to manage stocks in the face of changing environmental conditions.

Ms Martino thanked SARDI's support in providing the bursary for her project.

"SARDI has been indispensable so far in providing assistance, having not only supplied the otolith collection but allowing me to use their microscope equipment and imaging software," she said.

"I look forward to ongoing collaboration with SARDI and envisage the bursary will greatly contribute to fulfilling the project's aims and provide an insight into the Snapper industry."

The annual SARDI Women's Science Bursary was established in 1994 to commemorate the SA Women's Suffrage Centenary (1894-1994).

The South Australian Research and Development Institute is a division of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and is the State Government's leading agricultural research institute.

For information about PIRSA's Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy, which raises awareness on the important role women play in agribusiness and regions, especially in leadership roles, and the opportunities that exist to promote and inspire their success can be found at www.pir.sa.gov.au/women

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