Having a whale of a time with dream placement
in marine ecology, third year Bachelor of Marine Science student Jordyn Nebauer
discovered her passion for research through field work and the Industry
Affiliates Program (IAP).
“The great thing about field work is actually getting out of the lecture theatre and into the physical environment”, said Jordyn.
“I’m lucky to be working on my dream assignment right now, whales! Through networking with Griffith staff and students I’ve joined the research team looking at the relationship between physical parameters and the travel route patterns of mother and calf humpbacks in the Gold Coast region. Initial results indicate some patterns while comprehensive statistical analysis is to be completed”.
“A previous assignment had me on Herron Island investigating the abundance of clams, comparing the sheltered side of the island to the exposed side. It was found that wave activity, wind, and tidal movement did impact clam numbers”.
“I was never interested in honours, that was until field work assignments. Knowing that there is exciting research to be done, and doing it, has expanded my knowledge exponentially. I really enjoy the process of research and then applying that knowledge. I’ve also met a lot of passionate people, established my network and gotten my name out there”.
“My advice to students securing their IAP is to know your interests, what are you truly passionate about? Go out there and create choice. Through contacts, expand your network and create your own IAP project. With passion you will excel, learn so much and open your eyes to research opportunities”.
Jordyn is looking forward to her continued research journey, and is excited about the where the search for new knowledge will take her.