I was not able to make the first zoom call but I will meet many of you this coming week over zoom. I am doing the Master of Sustainable Development at Murdoch as well and am very excited to learn more about disaster risk management as it is an incredibly relevant and important topic for the field of sustainability. I am originally from Canada and only arrived in Australia just before the start of the covid crisis for my first semester in this degree. It has been a scary but interesting real time case study of disaster management and the resources/approaches countries around the world have used to deal with it. With climate related disasters becoming more common this course is perfectly timed and the knowledge we will gain will be super useful! Excited to start learning.