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Earth Is (Mostly) Flat: Apportionment Of The Flux Of Continental Sediment Over Millennial Time Scales, Jane K. Willenbring, Alexandru T. Codilean, Brandon Mcelroy Dec 2012

Earth Is (Mostly) Flat: Apportionment Of The Flux Of Continental Sediment Over Millennial Time Scales, Jane K. Willenbring, Alexandru T. Codilean, Brandon Mcelroy

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

We use a new compilation of global denudation estimates from cosmogenic nuclides to calculate the apportionment and the sum of all sediment produced on Earth by extrapolation of a statistically significant correlation between denudation rates and basin slopes to watersheds without denudation rate data. This robust relationship can explain approximately half of the variance in denudation from quartz-bearing topography drained by rivers using only mean slopes as the predictive tool and matches a similar fit for large river basins. At slopes >200 m/km, topography controls denudation rates. Controls on denudation in landscapes where average slopes are 10 mm/k ...


High Muscle Mitochondrial Volume And Aerobic Capacity In A Small Marsupial (Sminthopsis Crassicaudata) Reveals Flexible Links Between Energy-Use Levels In Mammals, Terence Dawson, Koa Webster, Enhua Lee, William A. Buttemer Dec 2012

High Muscle Mitochondrial Volume And Aerobic Capacity In A Small Marsupial (Sminthopsis Crassicaudata) Reveals Flexible Links Between Energy-Use Levels In Mammals, Terence Dawson, Koa Webster, Enhua Lee, William A. Buttemer

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

We investigated the muscle structure–function relationships that underlie the aerobic capacity of an insectivorous, small (~15 g) marsupial, Sminthopsis crassicaudata (Family: Dasyuridae), to obtain further insight into energy use patterns in marsupials relative to those in placentals, their sister clade within the Theria (advanced mammals). Disparate hopping marsupials (Suborder Macropodiformes), a kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and a rat-kangaroo (Bettongia penicillata), show aerobic capabilities as high as those of ‘athletic’ placentals. Equivalent muscle mitochondrial volumes and cardiovascular features support these capabilities. We examined S. crassicaudata to determine whether highly developed aerobic capabilities occur elsewhere in marsupials, rather than being restricted to ...


2-Cyanoethyl N,N,N',N'-Tetraisopropylphosphorodiamidite, Jichao Zhang Dec 2012

2-Cyanoethyl N,N,N',N'-Tetraisopropylphosphorodiamidite, Jichao Zhang

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

2-Cyanoethyl N,N,N′,N′-tetraisopropylphosphorodiamidite is a colorless viscous liquid, which is soluble in most organic solvents. It is a widely used phosphitylating reagent for the preparation of various phosphorylated biomolecules, such as nucleoside carbohydrate conjugates, phospholipids and glycopeptides. In particular, this reagent is highly effective for automated solid-phase DNA/RNA oligonucleotide synthesis. 2-Cyanoethyl N,N,N′,N′-tetraisopropylphosphorodiamidite has shown great utility in the coupling of nucleobases or carbohydrates via their phosphotriesters in the presence of activators such as 1H-tetrazole, in moderate yields under mild conditions. Additionally, 2-cyanoethyl N,N,N′,N′-tetraisopropylphosphorodiamidite is cheaper and more stable ...


Automated Surface Sampling Of Lipids From Worn Contact Lenses Coupled With Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Simon H. Brown, Liam H. Huxtable, Mark D. P Willcox, Stephen J. Blanksby, Todd W. Mitchell Nov 2012

Automated Surface Sampling Of Lipids From Worn Contact Lenses Coupled With Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Simon H. Brown, Liam H. Huxtable, Mark D. P Willcox, Stephen J. Blanksby, Todd W. Mitchell

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

The deposition of biological material (biofouling) onto polymeric contact lenses is thought to be a major contributor to lens discomfort and hence discontinuation of wear. We describe a method to characterize lipid deposits directly from worn contact lenses utilizing liquid extraction surface analysis coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LESA-MS/MS). This technique effected facile and reproducible extraction of lipids from the contact lens surfaces and identified lipid molecular species representing all major classes present in human tear film. Our data show that LESA-MS/MS is a rapid and comprehensive technique for the characterization of lipid-related biofouling on polymer surfaces.


"It Could Probably Help Someone Else But Not Me": A Feasibility Study Of A Snack Programme Offered To Meals On Wheels Clients, K E. Charlton, K Walton, L Moon, K Smith, A T. Mcmahon, F Ralph, M Stuckey, F Manning, J Krassie Nov 2012

"It Could Probably Help Someone Else But Not Me": A Feasibility Study Of A Snack Programme Offered To Meals On Wheels Clients, K E. Charlton, K Walton, L Moon, K Smith, A T. Mcmahon, F Ralph, M Stuckey, F Manning, J Krassie

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Objectives Community-based services, such as Meals on Wheels (MOW), allow older adults to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Many MOW recipients experience decreased appetite that limits intake at mealtimes. This pilot study aimed to determine the feasibility of providing high protein high energy snacks to improve nutrient intakes of MOW clients in a regional centre of New South Wales, Australia.

Participants A convenience sample of 12 MOW clients.

Intervention Participants received snacks five times a week, in addition to their usual MOW order, for four weeks.

Measurements Nutritional status was assessed using the Mini Nutritional Assessment ...


Mechanism Of Secondary Currents In Open Channel Flows, Shu-Qing Yang, Soon Keat Tan, Xi-Kun Wang Oct 2012

Mechanism Of Secondary Currents In Open Channel Flows, Shu-Qing Yang, Soon Keat Tan, Xi-Kun Wang

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

This paper describes the conditions for initiation and maintenance of secondary currents in open channel flows. By analyzing the Reynolds equation in the wall-normal and wall-tangent directions, this study reveals that, like other types of vortices, the secondary currents are originated in the near-boundary region, and the magnitude (or strength) of secondary flow is proportional to the lateral gradient of near-wall velocity. The near-wall secondary flow always moves from the region with lower velocity (or lower boundary shear stress) to the location with higher velocity (or higher boundary shear stress). Subsequently, the near-boundary secondary flow creeps into the main flow ...


Dietary Intake Of Fish And Pufa, And Clinical Depressive And Anxiety Disorders In Women, Felice N. Jacka, Julie A. Pascoe, Lana J. Williams, Barbara J. Meyer, Rebecca Digger, Michael Berk Oct 2012

Dietary Intake Of Fish And Pufa, And Clinical Depressive And Anxiety Disorders In Women, Felice N. Jacka, Julie A. Pascoe, Lana J. Williams, Barbara J. Meyer, Rebecca Digger, Michael Berk

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Fish and PUFA consumption are thought to play a role in mental health; however, many studies do not take into account multiple sources of PUFA. The present study analysed data from a sample of 935 randomly selected, population-based women aged 20-93 years. A validated and comprehensive dietary questionnaire ascertained the consumption of n-3 and n-6 PUFA. Another assessed fish and energy intake and provided data for a dietary quality score. The General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12) measured psychological symptoms and a clinical interview (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR Research Version, Non-patient edition) assessed depressive and anxiety disorders. Median dietary intakes of ...


The Small Heat-Shock Protein Αb-Crystallin Uses Different Mechanisms Of Chaperone Action To Prevent The Amorphous Versus Fibrillar Aggregation Of Α-Lactalbumin, Melissa Kulig, Heath Ecroyd Sep 2012

The Small Heat-Shock Protein Αb-Crystallin Uses Different Mechanisms Of Chaperone Action To Prevent The Amorphous Versus Fibrillar Aggregation Of Α-Lactalbumin, Melissa Kulig, Heath Ecroyd

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Stress conditions can destabilize proteins, promoting them to unfold and adopt intermediately folded states. Partially folded protein intermediates are unstable and prone to aggregation down off-folding pathways leading to the formation of either amorphous or amyloid fibril aggregates. The sHsp (small heat-shock protein) αB-crystallin acts as a molecular chaperone to prevent both amorphous and fibrillar protein aggregation; however, the precise molecular mechanisms behind its chaperone action are incompletely understood. To investigate whether the chaperone activity of αB-crystallin is dependent upon the form of aggregation (amorphous compared with fibrillar), bovine α-lactalbumin was developed as a model target protein that could be ...


Earthly Indifference And Human Difference - Book Review, Lesley Head Sep 2012

Earthly Indifference And Human Difference - Book Review, Lesley Head

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Inspired by, but also in reaction to the flattened topologies of Latourian relationality, Clark puts forward the notion of radical asymmetry. 'This is the bottom line of human being: we are utterly dependent on an earth and a cosmos that is, to a large degree, indifferent to us' (p. 50). With their disciplinary connection to the physical and natural sciences, geographers arguably need this lesson less than other social scientists. We should have learned it well from geologists who, spending their working lives in deepest time, tend to have a less anthropocentric perspective than others (perhaps accounting for their disproportionate ...


Translocation Of The Eastern Bristlebird 2: Applying Principles To Two Case Studies, Jack Baker, David Bain, Jean Clarke, Kris French May 2012

Translocation Of The Eastern Bristlebird 2: Applying Principles To Two Case Studies, Jack Baker, David Bain, Jean Clarke, Kris French

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

The Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus) is an endangered endemic passerine of south-eastern Australia. The re-establishment of extirpated populations through translocation was identified as a key action in New South Wales to address the threats to this species associated with habitat fragmentation and widespread and frequent fire. At Jervis Bay during 2003-2005, 50 birds were translocated from Bherwerre Peninsula to Beecroft Peninsula. In the Illawarra in 2008, 50 birds were translocated from Barren Grounds Nature Reserve to Cataract. At Jervis Bay, monitoring indicated that after 7 years, (i) there was no detectable impact on the source population from the removal of ...


Simulation Study Of Ion Pairing In Concentrated Aqueous Salt Solutions With A Polarizable Force Field, Yun Luo, Wei Jiang, Haibo Yu, Alexander D. Mackerrell, Benoit Roux May 2012

Simulation Study Of Ion Pairing In Concentrated Aqueous Salt Solutions With A Polarizable Force Field, Yun Luo, Wei Jiang, Haibo Yu, Alexander D. Mackerrell, Benoit Roux

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

The accuracy of empirical force fields is critical for meaningful molecular dynamics simulations of concentrated ionic solutions. Current models are typically developed on the basis of single ion properties such as the monohydrate energy in the gas phase, or the absolute hydration free energy at infinite dilution. However, the failure of these models to represent accurately the properties of concentrated solutions cannot be excluded. Here, these issues are illustrated for a polarizable potential based on classical Drude oscillators. To model accurately concentrated ionic solutions, the parameters of the potential functions are optimized to reproduce osmotic pressure data. The sodium-chloride potential ...


Polymorphic Male Color Morphs Visualized With Steroids In Monomorphic Females: A Tool For Designing Analysis Of Sex-Limited Trait Inheritance, Mats M. Olsson, Mo Healey, Mark Wilson, Michael Tobler Feb 2012

Polymorphic Male Color Morphs Visualized With Steroids In Monomorphic Females: A Tool For Designing Analysis Of Sex-Limited Trait Inheritance, Mats M. Olsson, Mo Healey, Mark Wilson, Michael Tobler

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

In diploid animals, males and females share most of the genome (except sex-specific elements, such as sex chromosome genes), yet despite sharing the underlying genes that hard-wire traits, males and females may differ in their phenotypes when traits are controlled by proximate mechanisms, such as hormones. In color polymorphic species where coloration is only expressed in one sex, the design of studies of the inheritance of color and coevolved morph-specific traits (e.g. territorial vs sneaker strategies, skewed energetic investment in territorial defense vs sperm production, etc.) is compromised as the expression of morph-coding genes is only visualized in one ...


All Washed Up: Have Surf Megabrands Forgotten Their Roots?, Andrew T. Warren, Christopher Gibson Jan 2012

All Washed Up: Have Surf Megabrands Forgotten Their Roots?, Andrew T. Warren, Christopher Gibson

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Yesterday's announcement that iconic brand Rip Curl plans to sell-up raises the question: just what has happened to Australia's iconic surf brands? It has been well publicised that the big three surf labels - Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Billabong - have experienced shrinking sales and expanding debts. Suburban consumers have turned away from expensive surf-branded apparel. Coupled with the rise of online shopping, doubts are growing about the future viability of corporatised surf brands.


Armageddon And Its Aftermath: Dating The Toba Super-Eruption, Richard G. Roberts Jan 2012

Armageddon And Its Aftermath: Dating The Toba Super-Eruption, Richard G. Roberts

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

No-one alive today has witnessed a volcanic eruption remotely as big as the Toba "super" eruption. But our ancestors may have done, tens of thousands of years ago, when northern Sumatra exploded, creating a caldera now filled by the largest volcanic lake on Earth, measuring 100km by 30km and 0.5km at its deepest. But when, exactly, did it happen?


Hate Blood But Want A Career In Medicine? Don't Worry, There's A Job For You, Ian Wilson Jan 2012

Hate Blood But Want A Career In Medicine? Don't Worry, There's A Job For You, Ian Wilson

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Just before I finished high school, my local general practitioner suggested I consider medicine. But the thought of blood made me feel squeamish, so I went to university to do maths and physics, and to try the new field of computer science. Needing a fourth subject, I opted for biology so that my friend who also did biology could give me a lift to campus. I ended up becoming fascinated with biology, so much so that I wanted to study neuroscience, and I felt the best way into a research career was through medicine. Luckily, I was successful. As an ...


Bouncing Breasts: The Science Of The Sports Bra, Debbie Risius, Deirdre Mcghee Jan 2012

Bouncing Breasts: The Science Of The Sports Bra, Debbie Risius, Deirdre Mcghee

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

If you're female and exercise, a certain amount of breast movement is inevitable. But bosom movement extends beyond bouncing up and down - it also involves moving side to side, which impacts on breast health.


De Combe Grenal À Pech De L'Azé Iv: L'Évolution Des Méthodes De Fouilles De François Bordes, Shannon P. Mcpherron, Harold L. Dibble, Paul Goldberg, Michel Lenoir, Dennis Sandgathe, Alain Turq Jan 2012

De Combe Grenal À Pech De L'Azé Iv: L'Évolution Des Méthodes De Fouilles De François Bordes, Shannon P. Mcpherron, Harold L. Dibble, Paul Goldberg, Michel Lenoir, Dennis Sandgathe, Alain Turq

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

François Bordes excavated the site of Combe Grenal from 1953 to 1965. It was his first major excavation project in southwest France, and he applied a number of new methodologies the most important of which was three-dimensional positioning of artifaas. Bordes' last major excavation project in southwest France was the site of Pech de I'Aze IV. This excavation lasted from 1970 to 1977. We have digitized the square notebooks from both of these excavations and analyzed portions of the material from both sites. With this information we can see the evolution of Bordes' excavation techniques over the decades and ...


Reprise Des Fouilles Dans La Partie Ouest Du Gisement De La Ferrassie, Savignac-De-Miremont, Dordogne: Problématique Et Premiers Résultats, Alain Turq, Harold L. Dibble, Paul Goldberg, Shannon P. Mcpherron, Dennis Sandgathe, Norbert Mercier, Laurent Bruxelles, Diane Laville, Stephane Madelaine Jan 2012

Reprise Des Fouilles Dans La Partie Ouest Du Gisement De La Ferrassie, Savignac-De-Miremont, Dordogne: Problématique Et Premiers Résultats, Alain Turq, Harold L. Dibble, Paul Goldberg, Shannon P. Mcpherron, Dennis Sandgathe, Norbert Mercier, Laurent Bruxelles, Diane Laville, Stephane Madelaine

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

C’est suite à la lecture du master de D. Laville (2007) consacré au site sépulcral moustérien de La Ferrassie et à l’exposition « Première humanité : gestes funéraires des néandertaliens » (Vandermeersch et al. 2008) qu’a été engagée une réflexion préalable à une éventuelle reprise des fouilles dans ce site classique. Si la partie supérieure du gisement (renfermant des occupations castelperroniennes, aurignaciennes et gravettiennes) a fait l’objet dans le secteur est, de fouilles récentes, de datations (Delporte 1984) et d’approches sédimentologiques (Texier 2009 ; Bertran et al. 2008), la base de la séquence (contenant les occupations moustériennes) n’a ...


Gorham's Cave Sediment Micromorphology, Paul Goldberg, Richard I. M Macphail Jan 2012

Gorham's Cave Sediment Micromorphology, Paul Goldberg, Richard I. M Macphail

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

[extract] Introduction Fieldwork, sampling and sediment micromorphology together with X-Ray EDAX and bulk sample analyses were carried out at Gorham's Cave.


Vanguard Cave Sediments And Soil Micromorphology, Richard I. M Macphail, Paul Goldberg, R N. E Barton Jan 2012

Vanguard Cave Sediments And Soil Micromorphology, Richard I. M Macphail, Paul Goldberg, R N. E Barton

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

[extract] Introduction Vanguard Cave contains a sequence of over 17 m of deposits, generally made up of massive, coarse to medium sands interfingered with tabular to lenticular units of silts and silty sands (Fig 13.1).


Soil Micromorphology Of Gibraltar Caves Coprolites, Richard I. M Macphail, Paul Goldberg Jan 2012

Soil Micromorphology Of Gibraltar Caves Coprolites, Richard I. M Macphail, Paul Goldberg

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

[extract] Introduction Several coprolites (fossil faeces) were collected from the Middle Palaeolithic levels in Gorham's and Vanguard Caves during the 1995-1998 excavations (Finlayson and Finlayson 2000; Stringer et al. 2000).


Fine-Resolution (25 M) Topoclimatic Grids Of Near-Surface (5 Cm) Extreme Temperatures And Humidities Across Various Habitats In A Large (200 X 300 Km) And Diverse Region, Michael B. Ashcroft, John R. Gollan Jan 2012

Fine-Resolution (25 M) Topoclimatic Grids Of Near-Surface (5 Cm) Extreme Temperatures And Humidities Across Various Habitats In A Large (200 X 300 Km) And Diverse Region, Michael B. Ashcroft, John R. Gollan

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

The development of fine-resolution climate grids is an important priority in explaining species' distributions at the regional scale and predicting how species may respond to variable and changing climates. Recent studies have demonstrated advantages of producing these grids using large networks of inexpensive climate loggers, as the resulting grids can capture local climatic variations over a range of environments. In this study we extend these methods to develop innovative fine-resolution (25 m) climate grids for a large region (∼200 x 300 km) of New South Wales, Australia. The key aspects of these grids is that they: (1) are based on ...


A Novel Approach To Quantify And Locate Potential Microrefugia Using Topoclimate, Climate Stability, And Isolation From The Matrix, Michael B. Ashcroft, John R. Gollan, David I. Warton, Daniel Ramp Jan 2012

A Novel Approach To Quantify And Locate Potential Microrefugia Using Topoclimate, Climate Stability, And Isolation From The Matrix, Michael B. Ashcroft, John R. Gollan, David I. Warton, Daniel Ramp

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Ecologists are increasingly recognizing the conservation significance of microrefugia, but it is inherently difficult to locate these small patches with unusual climates, and hence they are also referred to as cryptic refugia. Here we introduce a new methodology to quantify and locate potential microrefugia using fine-scale topoclimatic grids that capture extreme conditions, stable climates, and distinct differences from the surrounding matrix. We collected hourly temperature data from 150 sites in a large (200 km by 300 km) and diverse region of New South Wales, Australia, for a total of 671 days over 2 years. Sites spanned a range of habitats ...


Combining Citizen Science, Bioclimatic Envelope Models And Observed Habitat Preferences To Determine The Distribution Of An Inconspicuous, Recently Detected Introduced Bee (Halictus Smaragdulus Vachal Hymenoptera: Halictidae) In Australia, Michael B. Ashcroft, John R. Gollan, Michael Batley Jan 2012

Combining Citizen Science, Bioclimatic Envelope Models And Observed Habitat Preferences To Determine The Distribution Of An Inconspicuous, Recently Detected Introduced Bee (Halictus Smaragdulus Vachal Hymenoptera: Halictidae) In Australia, Michael B. Ashcroft, John R. Gollan, Michael Batley

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Introduced bees may compete with native fauna, spread parasites or pathogens to commercial bee hives, or increase the fecundity of introduced weeds. Therefore, the recent detection of Halictus smaragdulus, native to the western Palaearctic, in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales (NSW, Australia) is cause for concern. However, it is currently difficult to justify control measures, as there is little known on its ecology, impacts and distribution. Determining the current distribution is fundamental to managing introduced species, yet this is difficult with inconspicuous species such as H. smaragdulus, especially as recent introductions are often found in low densities ...


Coordinators Leading The Advancement Of Sessional Staff: A Class Act, Geraldine Lefoe, Dominique R. Parrish, Jo Mckenzie, Janne Malfroy, Yoni Ryan Jan 2012

Coordinators Leading The Advancement Of Sessional Staff: A Class Act, Geraldine Lefoe, Dominique R. Parrish, Jo Mckenzie, Janne Malfroy, Yoni Ryan

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

A presentation.


Can Exercise Ameliorate Treatment Toxicity During The Initial Phase Of Testosterone Deprivation In Prostate Cancer Patients? Is This More Effective Than Delayed Rehabilitation?, Robert U. Newton, Dennis R. Taaffe, Nigel Spry, Prue Cormie, Suzanne K. Chambers, Robert A. Gardiner, David Hk Shum, Daniel A. Galvao Jan 2012

Can Exercise Ameliorate Treatment Toxicity During The Initial Phase Of Testosterone Deprivation In Prostate Cancer Patients? Is This More Effective Than Delayed Rehabilitation?, Robert U. Newton, Dennis R. Taaffe, Nigel Spry, Prue Cormie, Suzanne K. Chambers, Robert A. Gardiner, David Hk Shum, Daniel A. Galvao

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Background There has been substantial increase in use of androgen deprivation therapy as adjuvant management of prostate cancer. However, this leads to a range of musculoskeletal toxicities including reduced bone mass and increased skeletal fractures compounded with rapid metabolic alterations, including increased body fat, reduced lean mass, insulin resistance and negative lipoprotein profile, increased incidence of cardiovascular and metabolic morbidity, greater distress and reduced quality of life. Numerous research studies have demonstrated certain exercise prescriptions to be effective at preventing or even reversing these treatment toxicities. However, all interventions to date have been of rehabilitative intent being implemented after a ...


Possible Earthquake Trigger For 6th Century Mass Wasting Deposit At Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania), Bernd Wagner, Alexander Francke, Roberto Sulpizio, Giovanni Zanchetta, K Lindhorst, S Krastel, Hendrik Vogel, Janet Rethemeyer, G Daut, A Grazhdani, B Lushaj, S Trajanovski Jan 2012

Possible Earthquake Trigger For 6th Century Mass Wasting Deposit At Lake Ohrid (Macedonia/Albania), Bernd Wagner, Alexander Francke, Roberto Sulpizio, Giovanni Zanchetta, K Lindhorst, S Krastel, Hendrik Vogel, Janet Rethemeyer, G Daut, A Grazhdani, B Lushaj, S Trajanovski

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Lake Ohrid shared by the Republics of Albania and Macedonia is formed by a tectonically active graben within the south Balkans and suggested to be the oldest lake in Europe. Several studies have shown that the lake provides a valuable record of climatic and environmental changes and a distal tephrostratigraphic record of volcanic eruptions from Italy. Fault structures identified in seismic data demonstrate that sediments have also the potential to record tectonic activity in the region. Here, we provide an example of linking seismic and sedimentological information with tectonic activity and historical documents. Historical documents indicate that a major earthquake ...


Action Research: Working With Transformational Intent, Brendan Mccormack, Jan Dewing Jan 2012

Action Research: Working With Transformational Intent, Brendan Mccormack, Jan Dewing

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

In this paper we present the history and background of action research. We identify the way in which action research has evolved over time, reflecting paradigmatic shifts towards contemporary philosophies of emancipation and transformation. Because of the way in which the paradigms underpinning action research have evolved, the methodology has also developed, with an increasing emphasis on maximising the potential for collaboration and participation. We will argue that the most recent representation of action research as 'transformational research' has pushed the boundaries of research even further and has challenged dominant thinking about the way research is conducted. A case study ...


Relation Of Chlorophyll Fluorescence Sensitive Reflectance Ratios To Carbon Flux Measurements Of Montanne Grassland And Norway Spruce Forest Ecosystems In The Temperate Zone, Alexander Ac, Zbynek Malenovsky, Otmar Urban, Jan Hanus, Martina Zitova, Martin Navratil, Martina Vrablova, Julie Olejnickova, Vladimir Spunda, Michal Marek Jan 2012

Relation Of Chlorophyll Fluorescence Sensitive Reflectance Ratios To Carbon Flux Measurements Of Montanne Grassland And Norway Spruce Forest Ecosystems In The Temperate Zone, Alexander Ac, Zbynek Malenovsky, Otmar Urban, Jan Hanus, Martina Zitova, Martin Navratil, Martina Vrablova, Julie Olejnickova, Vladimir Spunda, Michal Marek

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

We explored ability of reflectance vegetation indexes (VIs) related to chlorophyll fluorescence emission (R686/R630, R 740/R800) and de-epoxidation state of xanthophyll cycle pigments (PRI, calculated as (R531 - R570) (R 531 - R570)) to track changes in the CO2 assimilation rate and Light Use Efficiency (LUE) in montane grassland and Norway spruce forest ecosystems, both at leaf and also canopy level. VIs were measured at two research plots using a ground-based high spatial/spectral resolution imaging spectroscopy technique. No significant relationship between VIs and leaf light-saturated CO2 assimilation (AMAX) was detected in instantaneous measurements of grassland under steady-state irradiance conditions ...


Usewear And Phytoliths On Bedrock Grinding Patches, Pilbara, North-Western Australia, Richard Fullagar, Lynley A. Wallis Jan 2012

Usewear And Phytoliths On Bedrock Grinding Patches, Pilbara, North-Western Australia, Richard Fullagar, Lynley A. Wallis

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Bedrock grinding patches were recorded in the Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG) Rail Corridor within the Wooodstock/Abydos Aboriginal Heritage Area 130 km south of Port Hedland, Western Australia. WA State Ministerial conditions required the salvage of representative samples, residue analysis and other detailed microscopic study to investigate the technology and function of these grinding patches. Following a pilot study and experimental work, we undertook microscopic study of 159 samples - including PVS (PolyVinyl Siloxane™) peels and water extractions - from 81 grinding patches, collected at six sites. The worn stone surfaces are microscopically similar to traces found on experimental and Aboriginal ...