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Research | Geolocation Journeys

Research | Geolocation Journeys

The College of Arts, Law and Education's Oceanic Cultures and Connections helps support this innovative collaboration between marine predator scientists at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and visual artist Annalise Rees. ‘Retired’ geolocators used to track marine predators such as albatrosses, seals, and penguins are repurposed into unique, handcrafted pieces of wearable art to raise funds for further research.

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Transformed into art objects the geolocators travel on new journeys pinned to jackets and lapels helping to increase public awareness and support Antarctic marine predator research.

Geolocation Journeys wearable art creation. Image courtesy Geolocation Journeys.
Image: Geolocation Journeys wearable art creation.
Image courtesy: Geolocation Journeys

The Marine, Antarctic and Maritime University of Tasmania Research Theme through Oceanic Cultures and Connections has funded Geolocation Journeys to develop an education and outreach program with a focus on offering education packages to schools. Taking scientists into schools and providing students with exciting hands-on learning experiences the program encourages the community to play a custodial role in the protection and conservation of marine predator species and their habitats. The program also offers mentoring opportunities for early career researchers to develop their science communication skills proposing an alternative model for the effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge.

In 2017, Geolocation Journeys successfully implemented an education package and delivered 3 pilot programs with schools across the state: Montagu Bay Primary, Devonport Primary and Huonville High School. The programs received positive feedback from teachers and students, with a total of 92 students participating. Four UTAS HDR students were involved as part of the mentoring component of the program, enabling UTAS students to share their research with the community while developing their communication skills for a general audience. Following the successful implementation of the pilot education & outreach program, Huonville High School have requested a full term project be delivered with their Year 7 students for 2018. Bookend Trust and CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools have also indicated they would support the inclusion of the GJ E&O program in their regular schools programs for 2018. The project has also funded the purchase of 90 new geolocators that have been deployed on Marion Island, Fisher Island and Gough Island, furthering marine predator research efforts.

Toby Travers with Devonport Primary students - September 2017. Image courtesy Geolocation Journeys.
Image: Toby Travers with Devonport Primary students - September 2017.
Image courtesy: Geolocation Journeys

Find out more about the project at the Geolocation Journeys website.

In 2017 Oceanic Cultures and Connections is supporting interdisciplinary projects fostering cross-disciplinary exchange and providing mentoring opportunities for early career researchers. Funded by the larger Marine, Antarctic and Maritime University of Tasmania research theme that OCC sits within several projects are engaging with ocean related topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Banner Image Credit: Annalise Rees, Oceans of the Unknown

Published on: 21 Aug 2017 11:08am