Susan goes from strength to strength 


Charles Darwin University (CDU) graduate, single mother and scholarship winner, Susan Hosking, is an inspiration to us all.

Susan, who successfully completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 2004, was awarded the $3000 Barbara Singer Environmental Scholarship in early 2005 to further her studies.

The scholarship enabled Susan to undertake her Bachelor of Science Honors degree in 2005, from which she graduated with Second Class Honors at the May 2006 Graduation Ceremony.

Susan continues to praise the teaching and facilities at CDU which gave her the opportunity to extensively further her knowledge in her chosen field.

“The opportunity to combine cutting edge satellite image analysis technology and environmental management was extremely exciting and rewarding,” she said.

“Overall the time spent studying is a small sacrifice to make, when compared to the long-term benefits that come with obtaining a qualification.”

Susan’s honors project involved investigating the densities of magpie goose nests across the Top End, using aerial photographs and cutting-edge digital image analysis techniques.

“I hope to use the knowledge gained from my studies in an environment-related area of the workforce.”

Susan has spent the past two end-of-year breaks undertaking research projects. The first was a study of the effect of biological control on the water weed Salvinia molesta, and the second investigated the effect of fire on water quality in the Darwin River Dam catchments.