Date: 02 March 2021 Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation
The Department of Conservation has awarded one-year postgraduate research scholarships of $15,000 to ten Masters students in the natural and social sciences.
"DOC received 82 eligible applications for Te Papa Atawhai postgraduate scholarship programme – a great response, considering this is the scholarship's inaugural year," Kiri Allan said.
"The students who won the scholarships will help build New Zealand's conservation science capacity and capability, contributing to research to tackle the biodiversity crisis and planning for more sustainable tourism."
Research on the endangered tarapirohe/black-fronted tern, impacts of climate change on Fiordland ecosystems and COVID-19 impacts on outdoor recreation are just a few examples of the topics being funded.
"I'm told the selection panel was impressed by the high quality of the applications, and found it challenging to choose just 10 recipients. The importance of research in this field can't be underestimated, so it is hugely encouraging to see the interest this programme is generating," Kiri Allan said.
The DOC postgraduate scholarship was one of largest scholarship application rounds administered by Universities New Zealand in 2020.
|Name||University||Area of research|
|Jennifer Alderton-Moss||Te Herenga Waka – Victoria||Utilising mycorrhizal fungi in the conservation of an endangered native orchid.|
|Charles Ching||Canterbury||Observational analysis of the Mt Ruapehu crater lake, volcano tourism risk.|
|Gemma Coutts||Lincoln||Exploring local ecological knowledge in an ‘At Risk’ catchment as a resolution to shifting baselines: a case study from Pelorus/ Te Hoiere, Marlborough.|
|Britney Ford||Massey||Overcoming barriers to biodiversity protection in Mōtu, New Zealand: A catchment-based study assessing tools and perspectives for overcoming net loss of areas of high biodiversity value.|
|Fraser Gurney||Lincoln||Breeding movements and winter dispersal of Black-fronted Terns (Chlidonias albostriatus)|
|Callum Long||Te Herenga Waka – Victoria||Modelling the effects of climate change on the Fiordland marine food web.|
|Josie Mainwaring||Te Herenga Waka – Victoria||To develop a detailed understanding of Phytophthora agathidicida oospores and identify microbial antagonists for biocontrol in Kauri Dieback disease.|
|Amy Norris||Te Herenga Waka – Victoria||Covid tourism planning.|
|Samuel Purdie||Otago||Ecology and habitat use of skinks in North Otago with a focus on the newly discovered alpine rock skink (Oligosoma sp.) and the scree skink (Oligosoma waimatense).|
|Alana Thurston||Lincoln||Improving techniques to manage Phytophthora agathidicida, the causal agent of Kauri Dieback disease.|
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