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New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research Prize

New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research Prize

The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research awards this prize in alternate years at the annual NZ Freshwater or Marine Society conference and the award is for a poster that places emphasis on originality and presentation.

Current prizewinner

Congratulations to Willemien de Kock on receiving this year’s New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research (NZJMFWR) prize.

The 2016 NZJMFWR prize was presented to Willemien for her poster entitled: Flowering patterns for seagrass in Raglan Harbour. Willemien’s poster told the story of her research simply and with striking visual impact.

The award was presented at the closing ceremony of the recent joint NZMSS /AMSA conference held at Victoria University of Wellington. 

Willemien has just completed a BSc (Biology) at the University of Waikato in 2015. In the latter part of her studies she developed a passion for the New Zealand seagrass Zostera muelleri. Last summer Willemien was fortunate enough to be awarded a Summer Research Scholarship by the University of Waikato, which allowed her to conduct this collaborative work with NIWA Hamilton over a 10 week period. The $500 poster award will be used towards travel to Scotland, as Willemien has received a scholarship to study for her master’s degree at the ‘Aquaculture, Environment and Society’ (ACES) consortium in Oban.

View the winning poster


Previous prizewinners

2015 – Awarded to Eimear Egan, from Canterbury University, for her poster entitled: Torrentfish tales—Insights into larval dispersal using otolith morphology.

2014 – Awarded to Jan Hesse, from the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Lab, for his poster entitled: The Lobster in a Bottle: a novel predation observation technique on juvenile lobsters, Jasus edwardii.