Declan Fahey wins prestigious national science award

Declan Fahey and other finalists

Facing the Reality of Groundwater Salinity

Hellyer College student Declan Fahey has won the prestigious national science award ‘The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2013’.

He received the award at a gala dinner in Sydney on Wednesday 6th March, where all three finalists were in attendance.

As the winner and Australian representative, he will travel to Stockholm, Sweden in August/September where he will present his research to a panel of international judges.

Declan’s learning journey commenced in July 2012, researching the effects of salinity on crop production.

His research combined key concepts from Mathematics, Biology and Environmental Science to investigate the potential for using the Tasmanian Midlands region to meet the needs of food production in Australia.

His investigation examined the loss of food production in the Murray-Darling Basin due to the scaling back of irrigation and the need for alternative agricultural techniques to prevent the exacerbation of groundwater salinity in Tasmania.

During 2012 Declan received awards from both state and national organisations by collecting the local PICSE UTAS Science Fair Best Agricultural Investigation Award; the TSTS First Prize - Research Investigations (Senior Division); plus two other TSTS Industry Awards; and was a Semi-finalist in the BHP-Billiton National Science Awards.

Topping off a fantastic year, Declan was awarded The Liana Colvill Memorial Award for Most Promising Young Scientist at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search Awards Presentations held at the UTAS Hobart campus on Sunday 3rd March.

Declan’s passion for everything science has him looking at further study in Health Science and he hopes to continue his research in the area of Medical Science.

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