I am visiting UQ and attending the 2012 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling to present a paper on desalination technology choices. UQ is a top international university in academic terms but I also want to say it is one of the most beautiful campuses I have seen anywhere. A tropical feel about its native vegetation and, being beautifully (and conveniently) located on the Brisbane River flood plain, makes it distinctive. The campus also interesting in terms of nature – the birdlife here good. Hugh Possingham took a group of us around the campus this morning on a birdwatching tour. After the walk he advised me of a carpark (off Mill St) where you could see Bush Stone curlew. Sure enough in the middle of the campus I found 3 in a couple of minutes. Tracking back from this sighting I saw 3 Helmeted Guinea fowl near a campus lake – a new tick for me. All in all a very pleasant morning.
Update: Here is my talk on desalination investments. (1652)