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Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Vanessa Adams
Washington and Lee University / James Cook University
Research Interest: Conservation Planning

Vanessa completed degrees in mathematics and biology at Washington and Lee University and is undertaking her PhD at James Cook University. Vanessa’s  research focuses on how to incorporate cost considerations in systematic conservation planning for marine environments to optimize conservation targets.
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Danielle Dixson
University of Tampa /James Cook University
Research Interest: Marine Biology – Coral reefs

Danielle studies the role that sense of smell plays in the settlement behavior of coral reef fish larvae, particularly in clownfish species.  Danielle will investigate the extent to which these olfactory cues are used by larvae for adult habitat selection, and the differences that occur among species. Danielle’s also studies the effect that ocean acidification will have on marine species sense of smell.   
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow 
Shanjean Lee
Duke University / University of Melbourne
Research Interest:  Medicine – Glaucoma

Shanjean is currently pursuing her Medical degree at Duke University after receiving her BSc from The University of California, Los Angeles. Shanjean will conduct research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne.  Shanjean’s research will investigate the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in optic nerve loss in glaucoma, a major cause of loss of vision both in Australia and the US.
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow 
Julia Ling
Princeton University / Australian National University
Research Interest:  Physics – Advanced space propulsion

Julia will undertake research on advanced space propulsion at the Australian National University ANU. Julia’s research focuses on plasma propulsion and the helicon double layer thruster being developed at ANU. This particular type of rocket research    
could enable the faster space travel necessary for interplanetary missions.
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