Mulling on leadership in the education sector (part 2)

Another great article on the power and importance of ‘intellectual humility’ in education leaders.

“True humility, scientists have learned, is when someone has an accurate assessment of both his strengths and weaknesses, and he sees all this in the context of the larger whole. He’s a part of something far greater than he. He knows he isn’t the center of the universe. And he’s both grounded and liberated by this knowledge. Recognizing his abilities, he asks how he can contribute. Recognizing his flaws, he asks how he can grow”

Read more here.



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Mulling on leadership in the education sector (part 1)

This is a great article on leading change in any workplace really. Heifetz and Linsky tell us that when leading change it is important that we:

  1. Don’t do it alone.
  2. Keep the opposition close (for the right reasons!)
  3. Acknowledge losses.
  4. Accept casualties.
  5. Accept responsibility for your contribution to the mess.

Read more here.

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A great study, a very nice interactive dataset…but a depressing story!

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Gender parity in some areas of the science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) workforce could be centuries away, unless we systematically identify and close the gender gap.

By analysing 10 million academic papers, and the genders of their 36 million authors, researchers at the University of Melbourne have gained this new insight into when gender parity could be reached in STEMM…read more here.


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A good read on scientific writing

Unfortunately most of us (including myself) are guilty of this…

…heres to more ‘Ingredient X’ in my next publication!!

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Or read the full Trends in Ecology & Evolution article HERE.

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2016, sure to be another busy year!

I’m now back in the office following a relaxing Christmas/New year break and looking forward to another busy year full of writing, student supervision, field work and the birth of our second child.

I have just updated my list of student projects available for 2016. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of these or other collaborative projects.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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I’ve been back from maternity leave for several months now and really enjoying getting back into the swing of things.

Check out an overview of my most recent publication forming part of a Freshwater Sciences Bridges Cluster

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I’ve just returned to work from several months of maternity leave. I am excited to be back and ready to begin fieldwork, data analysis, writing and supervising students.

I will be continuing to work primarily on the Little Stringybark Creek project (see details here), but also contributing to several projects within the Melbourne Waterway Research-Practice Partnership (see website here).

I am also looking forward to working with Anthony Brown (Yarra Valley Water) and Maree Drennan (a Masters of Environment student) investigating the extent, magnitude and ecological impacts of fire service discharges to urban streams in the Metropolitan Melbourne area.

Over the next few months i will only be working Thursday and Fridays, but feel free to contact me whenever and i will endeavour to respond ASAP.

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My name is Samantha Imberger. I’m a freshwater ecologist currently employed as a research fellow within the Department of Resource Management and Geography at the The University of Melbourne. I am a member of the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, which aims to develop tools for achieving healthy streams and rivers in urban and rural landscapes.

I am currently working on the ‘Little Stringybark Creek Project’ which seeks to restore the structure and function of an urban stream (Little Stringybark Creek) through the application of catchment scale water sensitive urban design.

Project details can be seen at:

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