We are excited to announce the NZCS scholarship and awards winners for 2018!
Every year the society offer a range of scholarships and awards to our members and the NZ coastal community. Recently NZCS committed to introducing a number of new industry-leading awards after our membership survey found that members wanted the Society to offer more awards.
Our new award this year is the Maori & Pacific Island Research scholarship which we offer alongside our existing student research scholarships for both Masters and PhD students, professional development awards for coastal practitioners, and the recently introduced Terry Healy Project Award.
This year the new Maori & Pacific Island Research scholarship was awarded to Vanessa Taikato of the University of Waikato for her Ph.D project on Ahumoana tawhito (ancient aquaculture): archaeological evidence and the science behind traditional translocation methods of a bivalve shellfish.
The Terry Healy Project Award is back again after a successful debut last year. This prestigious award acknowledges the achievement of a project which has made a significant contribution to New Zealand's coastal and marine environment. The society has received many high calibre applications to consider for this award, and looks forward to receiving even more before entry is closed on 3 September.
Last year, the winning Terry Healy project was a joint effort between the University of Auckland, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, GNS Science, NIWA, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University and Lincoln University for the project titled Living at the Edge: Transforming Margins (see resiliencechallenge.nz/edge/)
2018 Award recipients:
Professional Development Award
Hilke Giles: Bachelor of Laws: Specialising in adaptive management when dealing with highly uncertain evidence base.
Kate Davies: Trans Tasman collaborations to address cumulative effects.
Student Research Scholarships
Ph.D. - Dana Clark: Environmental metabarcoding as a novel tool for coastal management. University of Waikato.
Masters - Prajakta Niphadkar: Sea Level Variability around New Zealand: Observations, Projections and Contributions. University of Auckland.
Maori & Pacific Island Research Scholarship
Ph.D: Vanessa Taikato: Ahumoana tawhito (ancient aquaculture): archaeological evidence and the science behind traditional translocation methods of a bivalve shellfish. University of Waikato.