SRI – Silviculture Research Institute, Vietnam and Southern Cross University
RECOVERY AND MANAGEMENT OF DIPTEROCARP FOREST IN DONG NAI BIOSPHERE RESERVE, VIETNAM
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New Colombo Plan Scholar National Geographic Explorer Honours Candidate, SCU
As a National Geographic Explorer and New Colombo Plan Scholar, Samantha believes that multiple perspectives are needed to rouse ecologically-rooted solutions to our global crisis. Currently completing her Honours research in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, Samantha’s research explores the interrelatedness of traditional ecological knowledge and tropical biodiversity conservation. Her findings are revealing that although representing a small proportion of the global population, Indigenous knowledge systems, like those traditionally practiced by the Mentawai people, have potential to make significant contributions to achieving true sustainability, whilst concurrently reversing biodiversity loss and climate catastrophe. content pending
“My current research project is focussed on minimizing the contaminants from gasification using different wood species. The research include experimental work done on gasifier available to determine the carbon and energy production”
Masters (by Research) Candidate, SCU
I am a 79 year old retired High School Science teacher who completed a PhD in 2014 at UNE.
In my MSc project at SCU I study the steam bending of timber. The study includes a complete history of the use of this craft since the early Egyptians. The physical processes involved have been studied in detail, particularly the glass transition temperature of the lignin component of the wood. The technique's use has declined over time, and reasons for it have been detailed. Current and future industrial revival and use of the technique is discussed.
Further, a new process, which enables Australia’s most common timber, Radiata Pine, to be permanently bent, without heating is introduced. The development of this process, together with its promotion as a new industrial technique, are part of the project.