Shy talker turns to her pas­sion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Curtin University -

CURTIN Univer­sity PhD stu­dent Sarah Mar­ley sure can talk, but it wasn’t al­ways her strength.

Once too em­bar­rassed to speak pub­licly, she was crowned 2014 Three Minute The­sis (3MT) cham­pion at the Trans-Tas­man fi­nal in Perth last month after beat­ing 47 other con­tes­tants from across Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong.

Ms Mar­ley, a first-year PhD stu­dent at Curtin’s Cen­tre for Marine Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, said the com­pe­ti­tion gave her the op­por­tu­nity to preach to a cap­tive au­di­ence, shar­ing her fascination for the marine en­vi­ron­ment.

The an­nual re­search com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenges higher de­gree stu­dents by giv­ing them only three min­utes to de­liver a com­pelling pre­sen­ta­tion to a non-spe­cial­ist au­di­ence about their the­sis.

Her the­sis, Be­havioural and Acous­tic Re­sponses of Coastal Dol­phins to Noisy En­vi­ron­ments, in­ves­ti­gates how coastal dol­phins are re­spond­ing to in­creas­ing lev­els of man-made noise in the ocean, which threat­ens to mask their means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“Four years ago, I couldn’t even present my re­search to a small group of friends with­out get­ting em­bar­rassed and read­ing word-for-word from a script. So to now en­joy pre­sent­ing to this de­gree is some­thing I am both amazed at and ex­tremely proud of,” she said.

Ms Mar­ley said she was a firm be­liever in sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as there was no point do­ing re­search if no one was go­ing to be told about it.

“Pre­vi­ously there has been a strong fo­cus on pre­sent­ing re­search aca­dem­i­cally, through con­fer­ence talks and jour­nal ar­ti­cles. But it is just as im­por­tant to com­mu­ni­cate to the gen­eral pub­lic.”

Curtin Univer­sity PhD stu­dent Sarah Mar­ley has found her voice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.