Summer of science for six students

While many students relax by the pool or enjoy the Murray River during their summer break, six La Trobe University students have been undertaking a 10-week Industry Cadetship Program at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.

The MDFRC Summer Cadetship Program runs in collaboration with La Trobe University’s Industry Cadetship Office and the Murray Darling Foundation, who have jointly funded students through this program for the past eight years.  

This summer the six cadets were based at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre at La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga and Mildura Campuses.

Our cadets have worked on a wide range of projects, researching water bugs, seeds, fish and organic matter.

Cadet projects 

James Anderson: Using classical and DNA techniques to identify macroinvertebrates at Bogong High Plains

Katherine Oliver: Identification of zooplankton resting eggs

William Valo: Dynamics of dissolved and particulate organic matter in freshwater ecosystems

Rebecca Littler: Characterisation of aquatic plant seeds

Cassandra King: Watering requirements of floodplain populations of the southern pygmy perch

Jemma Pearl: Training pest fish in small wetland systems to enable easier netting and removal 

Cadetship fast facts 

From 2006 – 2014 the MDFRC has sponsored 29 students.

  • 10 students have progressed to undertake Honours at La Trobe University with a MDFRC Supervisor
  • 3 students have progressed to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University with a MDFRC Supervisor
  • 15 students have gained employment with the MDFRC
  • 19 of the students have come from the Department of Environmental Management and Ecology at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga Campus
  • 10 of the students have come from La Trobe University’s Bundoora Campus.

Media contact

Kathie LeBusque, Community and Education Officer, Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre

T 02 6024 9675 | E k.lebusque@latrobe.edu.au

Image: 2014 cadets, from L-R: Cassandra King, William Valo, Katherine Oliver, Rebecca Littler and James Anderson 

Find an expert

Search our experts database.