Waterman, Melinda J. Dr.

Associate Lecturer/Research Associate

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am an early career biotechnologist examining the secondary metabolites and protective mechanisms of moss species that live in temperate and Antarctic regions. I recently completed my PhD in the biology and chemistry of Antarctic moss species, with a focus on their natural protective mechanisms and how old living moss shoots from Antarctica can be. I am interested in the protective mechanisms employed by plants, in particular mosses, and how they cope in different stressful situations, e.g. UV radiation, water stress and high light. My laboratory skills involve the use of (but are not limited to analytical and semi-preparative HPLC and TLC chromatography, chlorophyll fluorometry, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and spectral analysis, tissue culturing, microscopy and imaging, NMR spectroscopy and EI/DI mass spectrometry. My research interests include but are not limited to climate change, plant ecophysiology, radiocarbon dating and natural products spanning across many disciplines within science.

Selected Publications


Other Research Activities


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Impact Story


  • In 2016 I gave a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4PsZlTGedU" title="YouTube: Antarctic Plants In A Time Of Change" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TEDX Antarctic plants in a time of change</a>.<br /><br />In 2017, this was featured in a story on <a href="https://ideas.ted.com/the-extraordinary-antarctic-plants-with-superhero-powers/" title="Featured Story: Extraordinary Antarctic Plants with Superhero Powers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ideas.ted.com.</a>

Outreach Overview


  • I have been involved in several academic and public outreach activities. In particular I have reviewed numerous academic journal articles, presented at international conferences at least once per year, been invited to speak at schools and local seminar series as well as competed in science communication competitions.

    My first experience as a science communicator was in the 3 minute thesis competition at University of Wollongong in 2013, where I was successful at the Faculty and University levels. This increased exposure to my research to the wider community and I continue to enjoy showing my passion for science in several events that followed. For example, I was invited to be an 'expert' at the 2014 ANSTO Fact or Fiction event that was targeted at primary and high school students (see http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/MediaCentre/News/ACS055097). Please see below for other examples.

    I aspire to be a better communicator, whether it be on radio explaining the important of Antarctic moss or in scientific publications, to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Outreach And Community Service Activities


Full Name


  • Dr Melinda Waterman

Mailing Address


  • Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    New South Wales

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am an early career biotechnologist examining the secondary metabolites and protective mechanisms of moss species that live in temperate and Antarctic regions. I recently completed my PhD in the biology and chemistry of Antarctic moss species, with a focus on their natural protective mechanisms and how old living moss shoots from Antarctica can be. I am interested in the protective mechanisms employed by plants, in particular mosses, and how they cope in different stressful situations, e.g. UV radiation, water stress and high light. My laboratory skills involve the use of (but are not limited to analytical and semi-preparative HPLC and TLC chromatography, chlorophyll fluorometry, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and spectral analysis, tissue culturing, microscopy and imaging, NMR spectroscopy and EI/DI mass spectrometry. My research interests include but are not limited to climate change, plant ecophysiology, radiocarbon dating and natural products spanning across many disciplines within science.

Selected Publications


Other Research Activities


  •  

Impact Story


  • In 2016 I gave a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4PsZlTGedU" title="YouTube: Antarctic Plants In A Time Of Change" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TEDX Antarctic plants in a time of change</a>.<br /><br />In 2017, this was featured in a story on <a href="https://ideas.ted.com/the-extraordinary-antarctic-plants-with-superhero-powers/" title="Featured Story: Extraordinary Antarctic Plants with Superhero Powers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ideas.ted.com.</a>

Outreach Overview


  • I have been involved in several academic and public outreach activities. In particular I have reviewed numerous academic journal articles, presented at international conferences at least once per year, been invited to speak at schools and local seminar series as well as competed in science communication competitions.

    My first experience as a science communicator was in the 3 minute thesis competition at University of Wollongong in 2013, where I was successful at the Faculty and University levels. This increased exposure to my research to the wider community and I continue to enjoy showing my passion for science in several events that followed. For example, I was invited to be an 'expert' at the 2014 ANSTO Fact or Fiction event that was targeted at primary and high school students (see http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/MediaCentre/News/ACS055097). Please see below for other examples.

    I aspire to be a better communicator, whether it be on radio explaining the important of Antarctic moss or in scientific publications, to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Outreach And Community Service Activities


Full Name


  • Dr Melinda Waterman

Mailing Address


  • Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    New South Wales

    2522

    Australia

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