Lachlan Tegart

My time here as not only meant a lot to me academically, but I have made friendships that will be with me forever.

Lachlan is specialising in plant systematics, aerobiology and ecogenomics during his MSc (BioSciences).

In undergrad I was fascinated by the intricacy and beauty of nature, particularly in its biology. After taking a few subjects through the botany department as science electives I was inspired to look deeper into the wide world of plants, in particular the way they influence human health.

After my great experience in undergrad I couldn't help but come back and undertake postgraduate study. I was also fortunate enough to find a supervisor who was excited to take me on as a Masters student and has tailored a project that suited me perfectly. I am now studying botany to better understand the nature and composition of airborne pollen and how it affects Melbournians affected by hay fever.

The beauty of the Master of Science (BioSciences) is that you are able to choose a project that interests you, which can incorporate aspects from botany, zoology and genetics. It also fosters a collegial academic environment in which you can share your research with others interested in your field. While I have thoroughly enjoyed the research component thus far, I have more so enjoyed my coursework subjects, which have inspired me to communicate science to a broad audience through social media and demonstrating in first year biology classes. The coursework subjects are catered to equip you for further research or employment.

I undertook an 8-week internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, where I studied fungal systematics under Dr Teresa Lebel. Through this project I was able to use genetics to work out species boundaries in a genus of mushroom, and in the process discovered (and named) a few new species. Through this project I gained valuable laboratory and presentation skills. It also helped me to be very sure that I want to pursue a career in academia and science.

Throughout both undergrad and postgrad I have had the opportunity to explore in great depth the world of biology. My time here as not only meant a lot to me academically, but I have made friendships that will be with me forever.

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