Distinction awards presented to top environment researchers

02 October 2018
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The School of Environment 2018 Research Distinction Award winners (or proxies)| left to right: Finnbar Lee, Sarah Killick, George Perry, Shreya Kanakiya, Gary Brierley, Geoffrey Lerner, Jonathan Rankin, Simon Opit, Eddie Beetham, Renee Gordon, Martin Brook

The School of Environment hosted its annual Research Distinction Awards evening on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.

After an official welcome from acting Head of School Dr David Hayward, a member of the ENV Research Committee, Associate Professor Paul Augustinus, provided a brief overview of our research year.

This was followed by the awards ceremony, with awards for outstanding staff and student publications, theses and the Hiroki Ogawa School Citizenship Award.

 

Earth Sciences Research Award


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Gary Brierley (right) accepting the Earth Sciences Research Award on behalf of Jon Tunnicliffe

Awarded to the author/authors of an outstanding contribution to Earth Sciences published in the past calendar year.

2018 recipient: Jon Tunnicliffe

Tunnicliffe, Jon; Brierley, Gary; Fuller, Ian; Leenman, Anya; Marden, Mike; Peacock, Dave. (2018). Reaction and relaxation in a coarse-grained fluvial system following catchment-wide disturbance. Geomorphology307, 50-64.

Environmental Science Research Award


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George Perry (right) accepting the Environmental Science Research Award with David Hayward (left)

Awarded to the author/authors of an outstanding contribution to Environmental Science published in the past calendar year.

2018 recipient: George Perry

Perry, G.L.W., Moloney, K.A. & Etheringon, T.R. (2017) Using network connectivity to prioritise sites for the control of invasive species. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54, 1238–1250.

 

 

Postgraduate student research award


Awarded to the Environment postgraduate student authors of three outstanding publications, in any Environment discipline, in the past calendar year. There were four recipients.

Shreya Kanakiya receiving her award from David Hayward
Shreya Kanakiya receiving her award from David Hayward

Shreya Kanakiya

Shreya Kanakiya, Adam, L., Esteban, L., Rowe. M.C., Shane, P., 2017. Dissolution and secondary mineral precipitation in basalts due to reactions with carbonic acid. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122:

 

 

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Finnbar Lee receiving his award from David Hayward

Finnbar Lee

Finnbar Lee, Kevin S. Simon, and George LW Perry. "Increasing agricultural land use is associated with the spread of an invasive fish (Gambusia affinis)." Science of the Total Environment 586 (2017): 1113-1123.

 

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Renee Gordon receiving her award from David Hayward

Renee Gordon

Gordon, R., Collins, F. and Kearns, R. (2017) ‘It is the people that have made Glen Innes’: State-led Gentrification and the Reconfiguration of Urban Life in Glen Innes, Auckland. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.41 (5) 767-785.

 

Tami Nicoll

Nicoll, T., & Brierley, G. (2017). Within-catchment variability in landscape connectivity measures in the Garang catchment, upper Yellow River. Geomorphology, 277, 197-209.

 

Masters thesis award


Awarded for an outstanding Environment Masters thesis completed and examined since 1 January of the previous year. Two outstanding theses could not be separated resulting in a joint award.

 

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Jonathan Rankin receiving his award from David Hayward

Jonathan Rankin

Thesis titled: Islands, Archipelagos, and the Waitākere Ranges: An Object-Oriented Approach.

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Martin Brook accepting the Masters thesis award on behalf of Joanna Gaset

Joanna Gaset

Thesis title: Reconciling the Disparity Between Calculated and Actual Settlement at the Waterview Connection Tunnel, Auckland.

 

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Sarah Killick receiving her award from David Hayward

Sarah Killick

Thesis title:  The dispersal and establishment potential of moth plant (Araujia hortorum E. Fourn. Apocynaceae) on the Hauraki Gulf islands, New Zealand.

 

Honours thesis award


Awarded for an outstanding Environment Honours thesis completed and examined since 1 January of the previous year. Two outstanding theses could not be separated resulting in a joint award.

 

Michael Macnaughtan

Thesis title: A Paleo-oceanographic reconstruction of Northland using seismic stratigraphy of volcanics and contourites

 

Brianna Miller

Thesis title: Re-forming the Rangitaiki: exploring how lived values are actualised through policy and river management.

 

Hiroki Ogawa school citizenship award


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Geoff Lerner, winner of the Hiroki Ogawa school citizenship award 2018

Geoff is completing his PhD research on Mt Taranaki.   He is a keen film maker and has won several awards for his films about his research.  He is a selfless supporter of his fellow peers, spending hours helping them finesse their own science communication films.  He always volunteers to be a field assistant and he often makes baked goods for the Earth Science community.  He is always keen to help and is often involved in outreach activities with the DEVORA group but also more broadly within the school for example helping out on the international school of rock, where teachers from all over the world came to Auckland for a 10 day course on teaching Earth Science practise.

He certainly puts his heart and soul into creating a sense of community, camaraderie and support for his fellow PhD students- it really helps them get off to a good start and their group does all kinds of learning and peer support activities as well such as preparation for the PhD confirmation events and for conference presentations. Geoff is very deserving of this award.

 

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