The Research Representative is the voice of all Higher Degree Research (HDR) students at the University, advocating on their behalf and advising the President and other Executive members in areas of advocacy that affect them. They communicate with the Office of Graduate Research on matters related to HDR students, and monitor issues throughout Australian universities or the community which may affect HDR students.
The Research Representative, in collaboration with the Satellite Representative, also assists and supports students enrolled externally in Higher Degree Research.
My name is Joseph Pegler (Joey), and I am in the third year of my PhD in Biological Sciences. My research is centered on elucidating the molecular networks that underpin the physiological ability of a plant to respond to abiotic stresses that accompany climate change, namely; salinity, drought and elevated temperature.
Previous to my postgraduate studies, I completed my Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) here at the University of Newcastle and my Higher School Certificate at Francis Greenway, Beresfield.
External to my research, I am a strong believer in the benefits that stem from servant leadership, goodwill community activities and positive global citizenship.
In addition to acting as the Research Representative for NUPSA, I am currently the Higher Degree Research Representative for the Faculty of Science Board, Research Training Sub-Committee and the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
If you would like to contact me with any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to send me a message. I look forward to helping you throughout 2019!