Last year the University of Tasmania secured more than $14 million of Australian Research Council and industrial partnership funding to train Higher Degree by Research students.
This is allowing us to attract some of the best early career researchers in the country and ensures innovation priorities are fostered in Tasmania.
More than $3 million supports a further four Future Fellows. As a result of these successes in 2014, the University will contribute 48 research students and 50 jobs to the Tasmanian community.
You will get a sense of the calibre of the researchers at the University of Tasmania in this issue. They include ARC Future Fellow Professor Matt King, who has been awarded the Kavli Medal for his contributions to the first globally agreed estimate of melting ice sheets to rising sea levels.
We are also delighted with the recognition accorded Professor Emily Hilder and ARC Future Fellow Professor Michael Breadmore, two of just three Australian academics to be recognised in the Analytical Scientist magazine's inaugural Top 40 Under 40 list.
You can also read about the work of Research Fellows Associate Professor Gretta Pecl, the leader of a team which has a tool to determine the sensitivity of different commercial fish species to climate change, and Dr Jason Scott, who is responsible for the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's rapid response to a mystery fungal disease threatening Tasmania's $100 million commercial poppy crop.
For a change of tempo, Early Career Development Fellow Dr Carolyn Philpott's research comes with its own soundtrack – or at least, a suite of musical compositions. Her interest in the connections between music and place (specifically Antarctica) is taking her places – South America, the UK and in January the US, where she guest-lectured at four major universities.
Cover image: Climate change is affecting the distribution and abundance of marine species around the world, including the overgrazing Centrostephanus sea urchin, which recently established in Tasmanian waters. Photo: Antonia Cooper