Marsden Fund panels
Definitions of panels and details of panel members
There are ten discipline-based assessment panels which make funding recommendations to the Marsden Fund Council. The panels are made up of researchers who are experts in their field. They are appointed by the Royal Society Te Apārangi after being recommended by the Fund Council and usually serve for a maximum of three years.
On this page:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology
- Earth Sciences and Astronomy
- Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
- Economics and Human and Behavioural Sciences
- Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences
- Mathematical and Information Sciences
- Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Social Sciences
- Social Sciences Fast-Start Panel
Research related to human health and disease in: physiology, pathology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology; neurobiology (including animals as a model species for humans); human genomics and related bioinformatics.
|Professor Colin Brown (Convenor)||University of Otago|
|Dr Monica Acosta||University of Auckland|
|Professor Murray Cox||Massey University|
|Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp||University of Otago|
|Professor Robin McAllen||University of Melbourne / Florey Institute|
|Associate Professor Wayne Patrick||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Ruth Pidsley||Garvan Institute of Medical Research|
|Associate Professor Thomas Proft||University of Auckland|
Studies related to understanding the activities that occur in cells and tissues, and their integration within living organisms across the biological, agricultural and veterinary and biochemical sciences. This includes: plant physiology; animal physiology; cell biology; plant and animal genetics; molecular biology and molecular genetics; functional genomics and related bioinformatics; microbiology excluding microbial ecology; animal and plant pathology.
|Professor Richard Newcomb (Convenor)||Plant & Food Research|
|Dr Julie Dalziel||AgResearch|
|Professor Renwick Dobson||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Monica Gerth||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Peter Mace||University of Otago|
|Professor Anthony Poole||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Sarah Pilkington||Plant & Food Research|
|Dr Megan Wilson||University of Otago|
Including: geology; geophysics; physical geography; oceanography; hydrology; meteorology; atmospheric science; earth sciences; astronomy and astrophysics; also cross-disciplinary topics which include substantial components in some of these areas.
|Professor Kathleen Campbell (Convenor)||University of Auckland|
|Emeritus Professor Richard Arculus||Australian National University|
|Dr Rebecca Carey||University of Tasmania|
|Dr Daniel Carl Henare Hikuroa||University of Auckland|
|Professor Pat Langhorne||University of Otago|
|Professor David Prior||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Mark Quigley||University of Melbourne|
|Associate Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Jenni Adams||University of Canterbury|
|Professor Karin Bryan||University of Waikato|
Studies related to the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, evolution and behaviour. This includes: animal, plant and microbial ecology; biogeography; biodiversity; phylogenetics; systematics and evolution; population biology and genetics; animal behaviour; physiological plant ecology; biostatistics and modelling. Note that proposals seeking to establish the molecular basis of processes or traits are better sent to CMP or BMS panels, unless they materially concern the evolution of those processes or traits.
|Associate Professor Janet Wilmshurst (Convenor)||Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research|
|Professor Elissa Cameron||University of Canterbury|
|Professor Craig Cary||University of Waikato|
|Dr Vonda Cummings||NIWA|
|Professor Chris Johnson||University of Tasmania|
|Dr Nick Matzke||University of Auckland|
|Professor Philip Seddon||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Peter Vesk||University of Melbourne|
|Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther||Plant and Food Research|
|Dr David Whitehead||Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research|
Including: economics; psychology (experimental, cognitive, neuro-); cognitive science; cognitive linguistics; archaeology; physical anthropology; business studies; commerce; management studies; marketing; communication science and demography.
|Professor Jarrod Haar (Convenor)||Auckland University of Technology|
|Professor David Fielding||University of Otago|
|Professor Jennifer Hay||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Val Hooper||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Judith Littleton||University of Auckland|
|Professor Colleen Mills||University of Canterbury|
|Professor Gail Pacheco||Auckland University of Technology|
|Professor John Perrone||University of Waikato|
|Professor Richard Walter||University of Otago|
Including: fundamentals of engineering (biomedical, bioprocessing, civil, chemical, electrical, electronic, environmental, materials, mechanical and robotics); and cross-disciplinary research relating to engineering.
|Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase (Convenor)||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Alys Clark||University of Auckland|
|Professor Haiping Du||University of Wollongong|
|Professor Mike Duke||University of Waikato|
|Professor Wei Gao||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Daniel Holland||University of Canterbury|
|Dr John Vedamuthu Kennedy||GNS Science|
|Professor Nicole Kessissoglou||University of New South Wales|
|Associate Professor Tim Woodfield||University of Otago|
Including: English; languages; history; religion; philosophy; law; classics; linguistics; literature; cultural studies; media studies; art history; film.
|Professor Cynthia White (Convenor)||Massey University|
|Associate Professor Alex Calder||University of Auckland|
|Professor Catharine Coleborne||The University of Newcastle|
|Professor Tim Dare||University of Auckland|
|Professor Jon Hall||University of Otago|
|Dr Cherie Lacey||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Elizabeth Toomey||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla||University of Otago|
Including: pure mathematics; applied mathematics; statistics; operations research; logic; computer science; information systems; and software engineering.
|Professor Gillian Dobbie (Convenor)||University of Auckland|
|Professor Peter Forrester||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Jörg Frauendiener||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Ivy Liu||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Stephen MacDonell||Auckland University of Technology / University of Otago|
|Professor Gaven Martin||Massey University|
|Professor Alistair Moffat||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Iain Raeburn||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Scott Sisson||University of New South Wales|
Including: materials science; physics; chemistry; biophysics, chemical biology and biochemistry.
|Professor Penny Brothers (Convenor)||University of Auckland / Australian National University|
|Professor Elisabetta Barberio||University of Melbourne|
|Associate Professor David Barker||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Nigel Lucas||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Megan Maher||University of Melbourne|
|Professor Emily Parker||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop||University of Queensland|
|Dr Harald Schwefel||University of Otago|
|Professor David Wiltshire||University of Canterbury|
Including: sociology; Māori studies; indigenous studies; sociology; social, developmental, organisational, community and health psychology; social, cultural and human geography; social anthropology; education; urban design and environmental studies; public health; nursing; public policy; political science; socio-linguistics; architecture.
|Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley (Convenor)||Massey University|
|Dr Melani Anae||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Maria Bargh||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Professor Samuel Charlton||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Sharon Harvey||Auckland University of Technology|
|Professor Robyn Longhurst||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Ruth McManus||University of Canterbury|
|Associate Professor Gareth Treharne||University of Otago|
Because of the large numbers of applications to the Social Sciences panel in previous years, preliminary Fast-Start SOC proposals will be assessed by a second panel. Proposals invited to the full application round will be assessed along with the Standard proposals by the full Social Sciences panel.
|Associate Professor Rachel Zajac (Convenor)*||University of Otago|
|Dr Allen Bartley||University of Auckland|
|Associate Professor Bethan Greener||Massey University|
|Professor Lynda Johnston||University of Waikato|
|Associate Professor Melinda Webber*||University of Auckland|
|Professor Poia Rewi||University of Otago|
|Associate Professor Tamasailau Suaalii||University of Auckland|
* To go on to the Social Sciences standard panel at full round
The Marsden Fund secretariat at the Royal Society Te Apārangi maintains a list of potential panellists. If individuals wish to signal their availability to serve on a Marsden Fund Panel in 2020 or beyond, they should contact Dr Rachel Averill at the Royal Society Te Apārangi with their contact details, affiliation, a clear preference for which panel they would be suitable for, and ideally a link to their institutional web page.
Panellists are appointed by the Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi based on the recommendation of the Marsden Fund panel Convenor. Appointments are made on a year-by-year basis for each calendar year. Panellists must be experienced researchers in an appropriate field and may be drawn from outside New Zealand if necessary.
In considering the suitability of potential panellists, the following requirements for panel composition should be taken into account as appropriate:
- mix of discipline expertise;
- institutional balance;
- geographic representation; and
- diversity/gender balance.
Panellists may not apply as a named as Principal or Associate Investigators to the panel they are serving on in that year. The Royal Society Te Apārangi will call for nominations from interested parties. Individuals can nominate themselves or institutes can nominate staff to serve on panels. All nominations received will be passed on to the relevant Convenor for consideration.