August was a busy month for three of the Phd candidates in our group, with Katherine Selwood, Rowan Mott and Shane Baylis all presenting the final seminars of their PhD candidature. Katherine also submitted her thesis titled "The significance and future prospects of floodplains for birds in a drying climate", and will soon commence a postdoctoral position at University Of Melbourne. We wish Kat the very best in her new research position.

Both Rowan and Shane plan to submit their thesis later in the year. In the meantime Rowan has been awarded a writing scholarship to complete his manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, and Shane is planning a cycling trip around Tasmania during November with his partner Nancy.