Stacey Kopf

It looks like there will be another PhD in the family.

Stacey, Keller’s wife, received her dissertation reviewers comments back. Dr. Robyn Watts, her doctoral supervisor, wrote, “This is fantastic news and you should feel very proud of yourself to have received such good comments from these three researchers.” Unlike the U.S., a doctoral dissertation in Australia (and many other places in the world) is exclusively judged by three independent reviewers. A doctoral candidate succeeds or fails on what they think. Stacey’s reviewers were from Austria, Australia and the U.S. Her dissertation is entitled “Swimming performance and dispersal potential of larval Australian freshwater fish in a regulated riverscape.”

Stacey (middle) celebrating Charles Darwin's 200th birthday with colleagues from the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University

Stacey (middle) celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday with colleagues from the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University

Stacey did this while (1) giving birth to two children; (2) taking all sorts of jobs to supplement the family income; and (3) and supporting Keller as he obtained his Masters degree in New Zealand, his PhD in Australia and began his career in the academy. In short, Stacey is an amazing young woman and we are very happy for her.

RGK

4 responses

  1. Congratulations all around, Judge. Hopefully she found that the larva grow into big, happy, healthy adult fish.

  2. Jill,

    But can they swim against the current when they are wee ones?

    Thanks for your kind remarks. All the best.

    RGK

  3. What an impressive achievement for Stacey. Are you feeling undereducated – with so many PhDs in the family?

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