2021: A fieldwork film festival – Aug 16 2021
The Tasmanian Australian Marine Science Association (TasAMSA) and The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) invited Tasmanian Climate and Marine Scientist to participate in a Fieldwork Film Festival as part of National Science Week (14 – 22 August 2021).
Our event will showcased the fascinating fieldwork that these scientists are doing in our backyard. We hosted a competition showcasing fieldwork films presenting climate and marine science in action from established Tasmanian scientists (including PhD Students).
The first place winner was Olly Dove.
‘This video was made using footage shot during my latest field trip to Wedge Island, Tasmania, in February 2021. My PhD topic focuses on studying the foraging behaviour of short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins, for which I deploy and retrieve biologgers on individuals during the breeding season. I hold animal ethics permits from UTAS and DPIPWE to work on Wedge Island with the seabirds, but, for animal ethics reasons, the specific details of my work handling the birds is not shown in the video. Instead, life during fieldwork is displayed. This includes camp life, free time, and conducting night work. Persons shown in the video include myself, Olly Dove, as well as three volunteers: Peter Puskic, Noémie Friscourt, and Javed Riaz (all PhD candidates at IMAS). Music credits: ‘Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod.‘
Second place winner was Emiliano Cimoli.
‘”Life Beneath the Ice” is a short musical film about light and life beneath Antarctic sea ice. It was produced as a spin-off idea as I became passionate about the wondrous marine life forms our research team came across during two scientific field expeditions at Cape Evans, Antarctica. Along with necessity, curiosity is one of the main engines for doing science and research. When curiosity is triggered, it engages one to get deeply involved and become knowledgeable about something. This short film hopes to sensibilize the public about some of the beautiful landscapes that can be witnessed beneath the remoteness of Antarctic sea ice. Ultimately, it wants to spark your curiosity for the things beautiful and unknown along wiith will to understand more about these mysterious worlds. The footage was acquired during the course of an actual research project (K043 for the win) funded by the Antarctic Gateway Partnership (AGP) and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI).’
Our National Science Week festival webinar event featured our two winners and other videos from Tasmanian scientists showcasing their fieldwork. Check out the event and hear our two winners discuss what it is like to be out in the field.
For National Science Week this year, the Tasmanian branches of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) are holding a fieldwork film festival. Stand out short films of fieldwork by Tasmanian scientists will be broadcast at this online event, accompanied by a Q & A session in which the public can further probe into what’s behind some of the important scientific discoveries and advances they hear about in the media.
Here are a few more videos featuring Tasmanian Scientists doing cool stuff out in the field!
Collecting tree cores in in southern Tasmania – Kathy Allen
‘We document selected parts of a recent field trip into the Southern Ranges in Tasmania. On this field trip we collected cores from King Billy Pine – mostly dead trees. This video tells some of the story about that field trip.’
RV Investigator ‘standing meander’ voyage video October/November 2018
In October 2018 an IMAS-led voyage on the Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator sailed from Hobart with a team of scientists aiming to solve a Southern Ocean puzzle with important ramifications for the global climate. The researchers surveyed a ‘standing meander’ south of Tasmania that they hope will help them to understand why the east-flowing Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) has remained constant despite westerly winds strengthening by 20% over the last two decades. This video produced by the Ocean Media Institute explains the voyage and features scientists talking about their research and the voyage.
2020 Event: From Sky to Sea: Bushfires, the atmosphere and the marine environment – Aug 18 2020
Bushfires have a devastating impact on the ground, but also affect the atmosphere and ocean. Join us for this year’s annual public lecture and panel discussion jointly presented by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Australian Marine Science Association as part of National Science Week. Paul Fox-Hughes is a researcher working in the Bureau of Meteorology mostly on the interactions of fire and weather, after spending two decades as a severe weather forecaster. Paul will talk about how the weather influences fire, how fires can affect the weather, and what changes we might expect to these in the future. Pete Strutton is a biological oceanographer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. He uses satellites, ship-based data and autonomous ocean observing platforms to investigate the influence of climate variability and eddies on ocean productivity. In this presentation, Pete will discuss how dust and bushfire smoke deposited in the ocean can stimulate plankton growth.
2019 Event: Plastics in the Ocean: Finding Solutions by linking Science and Community – August 13 2019
Have you ever wondered how marine plastics are transported around the world? What their impact on marine life is? And how the community can help reduce the amount of plastics entering the ocean? We tackle these issues through four short talks and a Q&A forum with local experts.
Why are soy sauce fish bottles a problem?
As part of our Plastics in the Ocean National Science Week event, we had a Tasmanian Student poster competition. The winner from our high school prize made this short video about why plastic soy sauce fish bottles are a problem.