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Source: University of Waikato

Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity and the University of Waikato are collaborating to offer a research opportunity for a student in Hawke’s Bay over the 2019/20 summer.

The project tasks will improve how regional and local councils can support environmental and conservation focused groups doing conservation, ecological restoration and environmental enhancement in their areas. Specifically, there is a need to communicate better the range of potential activities available. This summer research project aims to improve communication about potential projects by:

  • Refining existing spatial data so that it is easier for conservation groups to locate sites that would benefit from enhancement projects
  • Developing the concept of a Biodiversity Hub – a platform for sharing information and coordinating activities

This opportunity would suit a student majoring in ecology (preferably terrestrial and/or botanical) and/or spatial ecology, and with sufficient computing skills to work with existing spatial data; GIS skills are not essential but preferable.

The project is being offered as part of the University’s Summer Research Scholarship programme, which gives students an insight into what doing a research project is like, whilst they earn money and make some great career contacts.

To get more information about this project please contact Belinda Sleight (belinda.sleight@waikato.ac.nz). As applications for other projects within the Summer Research Scholarship programme are now closed, please apply directly to Belinda, by sending your CV, and a cover letter describing what interests you about the project. Additionally, please nominate a referee who can attest to your academic ability and research capability; referees should send a written reference to the above email address.

Applications are due by Wednesday 9 October 2019.

Key facts:

  • 10-week (~400 hours) research project under the guidance and support of a supervisor
  • Hawke’s Bay –based
  • Scholars are paid a $6000 tax-free stipend
  • Must be a currently-enrolled University student (Bachelors degree or first year of a Masters degree (taught papers only))
  • Plan and conduct the research, write it up as a poster and have the chance to present to an audience

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