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Nicholas is a former UQ Bachelor of Science (Geographical Science) student who went on to work for CSIRO
Nicholas is a former UQ Bachelor of Science (Geographical Science) student who went on to work for CSIRO

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Nicholas Webb is investigating the climate change impacts on pastoral productivity in North Queensland. His work will provide an insight into what can be done to soften the effects of climate change on our primary producers. 

Nicholas is a former UQ Bachelor of Science (Geographical Science) student. The Bachelor of Science gave him the freedom to pick and choose his courses and tailor make a program that fit his interests.

“As an undergraduate student I studied in the fields of both Geographical Science and Earth Science. I enjoyed the variety of courses that I could select from that suited my interests within these fields. I also enjoyed the low student-to-lecturer ratio in my courses, which enabled a high degree of interaction with staff, and led to me continuing studies as a postgraduate student.” 

After graduating with honours in Science, Nicholas went on to complete a PhD. Studying at The University of Queensland helped Nicholas learn skills he now uses everyday in his current job. “During my studies at UQ I developed skills to work as a research scientist. My studies provided me with the opportunity to travel to local and international conferences and extend my presentation skills, while meeting a wide range of contacts outside the University who I call upon quite regularly in my capacity as a CSIRO researcher.”
Nicholas offers the following advice to prospective students, ‘If you want to pursue a career in research, then obviously do so in a field that you find particularly interesting (with some career prospects). Develop a network of contacts in that field, and make your interests known. Publish and present your work. Remember that courses you do as an undergraduate student underpin your future research aspirations, so plan ahead and keep your mind open to what your degree can offer.”


Last updated: Sep 17, 2012