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Student decorated as Scientist

29/07/2013

​The impressive Jeff Barrett is already a decorated scientist despite the fact he is only in Year 12. Last year Jeff completed an investigation into the effects of common pollutants on algae. The recent Brisbane floods inspired the experiment and pollutants such as diesel, petrol, pesticide and two common pollutants were tested. The diesel and pesticide killed the algae while the petrol and fertiliser largely increased algal populations.

Jeff entered this project into the BHP Billiton National Science awards and the Australian Water Association Water Awards. Not surprisingly he was selected as a finalist for the second year in succession in the prestigious BHP Science awards and he placed second in the Water awards. This recognition has inspired his latest CREST project which links his previous investigation to the Gold Coast Cruise Ship Terminal Proposal, with the report aimed at investigating the effects of diesel fuel on the mortality of local microalgae.

This project will be submitted as a CSIRO Gold Crest and will hopefully place in the 2013 BHP Billiton Science Awards and the Australian Water Association Water Awards. After completing year 12,  Jeff hopes to further his education to study Aerospace Engineering or Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland or with the Australian Defence Force and extend his passion for mathematics and science. Certainly Keebra will never forget Jeff now he is a member of the celebrated Keebra Hall of Fame.