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Assessing the Hydropower Potential of Hollis Reservoir for Sustainable Development

For Release Upon Receipt - April 5, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. April 5, 2016 Sustainable Development will be the theme of The UWI St. Augustine’s Department of Life Sciences’ 6th Research Symposium. The event is carded for this Thursday and Friday – April 7 and 8, at the Chemistry Lecture Room 1 and the Natural Sciences Conference Room on the campus. This year, the Departments of Physics and Computing & Information Technology are also part of the event.   

The Symposium showcases the work of the Department’s student-researchers, among other attractions. Speaking on the event, Mr. Mike Rutherford, Zoology Curator at the Department said that all the presentations over the two-day symposium are 10-15 minutes long and designed to give a summary of how and why specific research projects were conducted and present their results.  “There will also be several short video presentations, posters by students, presentations on the research interests of several of the new lecturers in the Department and displays from The UWI Zoology Museum, the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club and the UWI Biological Society,” he said.  

For the first time, undergraduate students will a part of this symposium, reporting on their semester-long research projects. Graduate students from the MSc Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Development in the Caribbean programme will also present research conducted over the last year and PhD and MPhil students speak on their ongoing research.  

Key research areas to be presented include:

  • The prevalence of parasites in domestic ducks

  • Isolation of antibiotics from bacteria in Nariva Swamp

  • Diversity and abundance of stick insects

  • Microbes from natural petroleum seepages

  • An assessment of the oilbird population at Dunston Cave

  • The diversity of amphibians in the Aripo Savannahs

  • Variation of butterfly diversity with altitude

  • An assessment of marine resources at Macqueripe Bay

  • Disease management for cowpea

  • Nitrogen fixing variability in pigeon peas

  • Activity patterns of mammals in Arima Valley

  • Flood prevention practices in north and south Trinidad

  • The hydropower potential of Hollis Reservoir

  • Habitat suitability modelling for the invasive lionfish

  • An investigation of heart rate variability in diabetics 

  • Fishery sustainability in T&T

  • The effects of family pressure on tertiary decisions in UWI students

  • The truth about scorpions


    The venue for the talks will be Chemistry Lecture Room 1 (C1) and the posters, displays and breaks will be held in the Natural Sciences Conference Room. Both of these rooms are on the western side of the St. Augustine Campus. For more information, email


    All are invited.






    About The UWI

    Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


    (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)