Monash University Biological Society


‘The Bison’ Newsletter 2.0


1.0 Welcome!

The BiolSoc committee warmly welcomes you into 2015! We look forward to re-signing some familiar faces and to welcoming plenty of new ones as members. We hope to catch up with everyone over the next few weeks and have been working hard to ensure we can involve as many members as possible in our activities this year.

2.0 Summer Photo Competition

Due to the popularity of our photo competition run in late 2014, we have decided to give all our budding photographers another chance to show off their skills with a summer photo competition. So get your camera out this Summer and take plenty of snaps ready for a screening early semester 1.

See facebook event:

Entries can be made under the following categories:

The viewing will occur in the biology social space (building 18) on Tuesday in week 3. You will need to print out a copy of your photo and bring it along (or give it to a committee member prior) in order for it to be pinned up on the day. A short caption should also be prepared. Photos should also be emailed with captions to

3.0 Week 2 BBQ

Join us on Tuesday in week 2 for our first official BBQ for the year, 12-2 on the boob lawn (next to first year chemistry labs). Your first of many free feeds for the year! Facebook event can be found at:

4.0 OGM

Our OGM is fast approaching (week 4, 24th March), where we will be electing new committee members for 2015 in the following positions:

If you would like to nominate yourself or another person for a position or want to learn more about what each position entails, email Jen: or discuss it with one of the committee members at the BBQ. These positions are a great way to develop leadership skills, and get your foot in the door if you are interested in other committee positions in the future. Facebook event can be found at:

Free pizza will arrive at 12:30pm, then we start the vote at 1pm. So come along and have a say in your 2015 committee!

5.0 Nestboxing Camp

Coming up is our first weekend nestboxing camp in Benalla Fri 20th– Sun 22nd March (See Facebook event to be posted via our group).

The camp involves driving in surrounding bushland with a ladder on the Saturday and Sunday, surveying nestboxes up in the trees for squirrel gliders, sugar gliders, and other critters. You get to learn a lot about the local wildlife and ecosystems, and get up close and personal with some gorgeous fluffy animals.

Accommodation will be provided free of charge, at Benalla Scout Hall, where we have access to mattresses and kitchen facilities. You need to bring your own food for the BBQ at night, or go to the supermarket when you get there (walking distance from the hall). Carpooling or other means of transport will be arranged and costs covered for people attending camp. If you can drive, and/or you can secure a ladder onto your car, it would be extremely helpful!

You can learn more about the camp through the facebook event to be published soon and sign up must occur via the following google form: 

(simply clicking attending on facebook does not secure you a place).

6.0 Careers/Placements

Zoos Victoria Placement

Zoos Victoria has opportunities for undergraduate students undertaking animal biology or zoology interested in working with animals. The exact nature of the work will depend on what the supervisory staff are doing at the time but may include animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance duties and exposure to capture and restraint of collection animals. For more information and details of application process see the attached PDF.

Plant Virus detection at AgriBio (LaTrobe University)

The AgriBio department at LaTrobe University is seeking a student to be involved in a project aiming to investigate plant pathogens posing economic risks to Australia’s agriculture industries. The project specifically aims to detect and identify a possible causal agent in diseased clonal grass samples. The ideal student will have a plant and molecular biology background. For more information and details of application process see the attached PDF.

Grapevine Phylloxera Climate Change and Soil Texture Investigation Placement

There are two placement opportunities researching Grapevine Phylloxera with the Bioscience Research Division (BRD) of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Rutherglen.

PROJECT ONE: "Grapevine Phylloxera – Could climate change influence the future spread of endemic genotypes?"

PROJECT TWO: "Grapevine Phylloxera – Could soil texture influence establishment, survival and development?"

For more information and details of application process see the attached PDF.

7.0 First Year Park Bash

Joined Biological Society in O-week and keen to get to know everyone? Join us and all your new found biological enthusiast friends as we hit up Caulfield park (walk from Caulfield train station or take the 3/3a tram) for some BBQ, games, mingling and other shenanigans.

BBQ/Picnic food, soft drinks and games provided. BYO anything else you might want! The event starts at 5, but feel free to meander down whenever you please, we will be there till dark! Precise location in the park to be confirmed soon.

See the facebook event:

8.0 Invitation to contribute to BiolSoc

Are you a BiolSoc member who would like to contribute some thoughts or ideas to the running of the society? We always welcome member contributions, be they suggestions for events/competitions, offers to help on camps or events (such as O-week), attending committee meetings or even just your thanks or criticisms on how the society is running. Drop a line to the committee using any of the communication channels listed below for more information or advice as to how you can help out!

9.0 Website, Facebook page, and contact details

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