View recipients of the Charles Fleming Senior Scientist Award.
Professor Tim Stern FRSNZ, Victoria University of Wellington, was awarded $10,000 to undertake a programme of controlled source seismic reflection experiments in Wellington city. This work will be directed to mapping the thickness of sediments that underlie the city for the ultimate purpose of predicting the shaking response to large earthquakes.
Emeritus Professor Robert Jackson FRSNZ, University of Canterbury, was awarded $10,000 to study a spider's innate aptitude for numbers, and whether numbers are abstract products of our minds and nothing more, or are they instead abstract ‘natural kinds’ existing external to our mental processes.
Professor Wendy Nelson FRSNZ, NIWA and University of Auckland, was allocated $10,000 towards her study of coraline algae. Her research will involve travel to European herbaria collections for repatriation and identification of New Zealand coralline algal type material.
Dr Cherie Blenkiron, University of Auckland, received the Senior Scientist Award for her proposal for a year-long project to develop a photographic annotation iPad app to combat issues that are experienced globally by tissue-banking facilities. Tissue banking is the collection and storage of specimens surgically removed from patients, with their approval, for use in scientific research.
Dr Pascal Sirguey received $8,043.00 to assist with his research expenses for his project to resolve key physical processes governing the distribution and evolution of New Zealand's snowpack by leveraging the state-of-the-art CROCUS snowpack model developed and maintained by the Centre d'Etude de la Neige of Meteo France.
Dr Marta Camps Arbestain, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North, was allocated $9,981 towards research expenses for her study of soil organic matter which will allow the selection of adequate pasture mixtures in volcanic soils based on the knowledge of their soil organic matter chemistry.
Associate Professor Simon Davy, Victoria University of Wellington, was allocated $10,000 to assist with research expenses, while carrying out research in a laboratory at the Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, into the molecular and cellular basis of the coral-algal symbiosis.
Dr Sebastian Leuzinger, Institute of Applied Ecology, Auckland University of Technology, was allocated $6,000 to assist with costs associated with an 8-week experiment over summer 2014/15 on the Mangawhai Harbour Estuary, investigating water transport in the temperate New Zealand mangrove species Avicennia marina.
Professor Ewan Fordyce, Department of Geology, University of Otago, was allocated $9,843 to assist with the costs for the preliminary preparation of plaster-jacketed fossil Cetacean already recovered from the Otekaike Limestone, Hakataramea Valley.
Associate Professor Phil Lester, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, was allocated $10,000 to assist with costs for research into the European origin of populations of the invasive common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) in New Zealand.
Dr Lloyd Donaldson, Scion, was allocated $7,700 to assist with costs associated with travel and use of instrumentation at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
No award was made.
Associate Professor Kathleen Campbell, School of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science, The University of Auckland was allocated $7,000 to assist with the costs of her fieldtrip to the Yellowstone National Park, USA.
Dr Mark Hampton, Department of Pathology, University of Otago has been allocated $3,000 to support travel costs for his visit to the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge, UK.
Associate Professor Andrew Jeffs at the University of Auckland was allocated $10,000 to assist him in undertaking research examining the importance of distinctive sound signals being generated from various underwater habitats.
No award was made.
Dr Daphne Lee, University of Otago, to continue her research on the Lauraceae fossils and fossil insects ($7,122).
Dr Jack Grant-Mackie, to assist his work at the University of Kiel, Germany, in May-June 2006 ($3,450), and to Professor Neil McNaughton, to assist with the maintenance, update and expansion of the reference system for his forthcoming book ($6,550).