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Sir Ernest Marsden

CREST 150th Celebration investigations

Sir Ernest Marsden CMG CBE MC FRS (1889 –1970) was a leading scientist, lecturer and science administrator.

In 1926, he became the permanent secretary of the newly established DSIR. Among his priorities were New Zealand’s agriculture and pastoral farming communities, so as part of his new role he established the plant research and soil bureaus. He played a very personal part in promoting these agencies, and they continue to play an important role in New Zealand today under the name Landcare Research. 

Project guidelines 

Be inspired by Sir Ernest Marsden, and for a 150th First, Team FirstBronze, Team BronzeSilver,Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge award:

Investigate the soil type and in and around  your school/local area and  devise a “ natural” method of enriching the soil.   


Links to teaching and learning programmes

This investigation could contribute to teaching and learning programmes involving:

Science   Levels 1-8 : Living World/Ecology, Nature of Science/Participating and Contributing

Science: Living World 1.10

Biology: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1

Chemistry: 2.2

Efs: 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.5