Triennial Student Research Grant

The Dunedin Branch of Forest & Bird has pleasure in announcing the next round of their triennial student research fund for conservation projects for 2018.

A total of $6,000.00 is available, to be used over a 3 year period from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2021.

The $6,000 may be split amongst several applicants.

Research must be related to biodiversity outcomes and be undertaken within the Otago region.

An application including a succinct summary of the research proposal endorsed by a research supervisor, contact details for two referees, and an indication of the sum required (up to a maximum of $6,000) should be submitted by 31st March 2018 to:

The Secretary
Dunedin Branch, Forest and Bird
PO Box 5793,
Dunedin 9058.

Or by email to: dunedin.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

Applications will be assessed by the Dunedin Branch Committee and the fund will be awarded to the successful applicant(s) in April 2018.

Further contact details for the Dunedin Branch are available here.

Triennial Research Grant Recipients in 2015

Two conservation and biodiversity research projects received funding through the Dunedin Branch’s Triennial Research Grant in April 2015.

Orokonui’s translocated tuatara are the focus of Scott Jarvie’s work. His key aims are to compare survival and body condition of captive-reared and wild-caught juvenile tuatara, and survival and body condition of adult tuatara translocated to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. He will use passive integrated transponder tag scanners deployed at retreat sites and day- and night-searches. Scott writes, “This is not only important for tuatara conservation, but will allow wildlife managers to better understand the process of establishment of new populations and to improve future programmes.”

Max Buxton is researching the moth community in alpine and grassland ecosystems. Despite New Zealand’s large number of moth species, Max writes, “Moths have been afforded little attention in terms of their ecological role, one of these being pollination.” His work aims to investigate how the moth community responds to changes in elevation, season and floral resource availability, and look at whether moths play a role as pollinators for alpine plants like Pimelea.

Two conservation and biodiversity research projects received funding through the Dunedin Branch’s Triennial Research Grant in April 2015.

Orokonui’s translocated tuatara are the focus of Scott Jarvie’s work. His key aims are to compare survival and body condition of captive-reared and wild-caught juvenile tuatara, and survival and body condition of adult tuatara translocated to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. He will use passive integrated transponder tag scanners deployed at retreat sites and day- and night-searches. Scott writes, “This is not only important for tuatara conservation, but will allow wildlife managers to better understand the process of establishment of new populations and to improve future programmes.”

Max Buxton is researching the moth community in alpine and grassland ecosystems. Despite New Zealand’s large number of moth species, Max writes, “Moths have been afforded little attention in terms of their ecological role, one of these being pollination.” His work aims to investigate how the moth community responds to changes in elevation, season and floral resource availability, and look at whether moths play a role as pollinators for alpine plants like Pimelea.