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Being involved in a larger team and organisation has been an integral aspect of my experience as an Honours student. To be a part of CSIRO and the Ecosystem Change Ecology team has been an amazing opportunity that has provided an insight into the working world of science, complete with the snazzy technology, unavoidable administration, inability for meetings to stick to time and the capacity to adapt to failure. The opportunities, networking potential, support structure and personal investment during my honours year have been enhanced by the experience of studying with industry.  I’ve been lucky enough to have some unique experiences and meet some fascinating people during my time with the Ecosystem Change Ecology team. Being surrounded by professional scientists has only encouraged my own curiosity for the natural world and ensured I was suitably motivated for the duration of my honours project. Contributing to research that will be directly used was also a critical driver in keeping the “so-what” during my honours year. Beyond the opportunity to greatly improve my professional capacity, being involved in the comradeship and community spirit of the Ecosystem Change Ecology team has been an absolute pleasure.

~ Katie White, CSIRO-UWA Hons student, 2017