Alison achieves her phd

SHE may have donned a graduation gown and received her doctorate Thursday, but it's not the end of study for Alison Jones.

The Rockhampton woman was one of 150 to graduate from CQUniveristy at a ceremony at the Rockhampton Baptist Tabernacle Thursday night.

Alison graduated as Doctor of Philosophy after completing her thesis on the impact of different types of algae on the Keppel reef corals.

Before the ceremony, Alison said this wasn't the end of her studies as she would do post-doctorate work over the next two years to complete a fine-scale map of the reef in Keppel region.

“I will produce a map and give a talk on it at the Navy Sea Power conference in February next year,” she said

“I also run a community monitoring program where we take volunteers out to monitor the Reef so I have plenty of things to go on with.”

Alison said her research had been rewarding, particularly having two chapters of her thesis published in two different science journals.

“Communicating your idea in science and research and getting it out in science literature; that really gives me a buzz.”

Alison, who was in the diving industry and worked on Great Keppel Island before studying for her doctorate, wants to stay in the Rockhampton area to continue her research.



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