Antarctica New Zealand recognises the value of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as a unique environment for scientific research. We are committed to the valuable contribution that Antarctic science can make to the international knowledge base and understanding of Antarctica and global ecosystems and processes. The Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme is designed to encourage researchers to pursue interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Antarctica New Zealand, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, and New Zealand Post are generously supporting this scholarship programme.
|Ben Jolly is a PhD student studying Antarctic atmospheric physics at the University of Canterbury. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at Massey University he spent two years working as a Research Associate at AgResearch Ltd where he wrote software for the Farm Systems Modelling team.
He found an opportunity to put his engineering skills to good use in the field of atmospheric physics at the University of Canterbury’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ben’s research focuses on surface meteorology near Ross Island – the location of New Zealand’s Antarctic research station, Scott Base. To capture data for his PhD, Ben has been assisting with the design, development, and construction of SNOWWEB – a wireless network of weather stations designed and built at the University of Canterbury specifically to capture high resolution weather observations in Antarctica.
He is preparing to return to the ice again for the 2014-15 season to collect more data on the ‘Ross Ice Shelf Airstream’ – a form of southerly storm that carries air from the interior of Antarctica out past Scott Base and Ross Island into the Ross Sea. Read more about the SNOWWEB project here: www.snowweb.org
|Clare Beet is a Master's student at the University of Waikato. She studies the consequences of environmental temperature changes on the genetic diversity of tiny insect-like animals in Antarctica. Her primary focus is the springtails or Collembola, which at 1.5 – 2 mm are the largest year-round inhabitants of the Antarctic continent. Clare will be visiting the Mackay Glacier and Dry Valleys region during the 2014/15 season.
Transitions naturally occur between one ecosystem type and another such as along shorelines of oceans, or at forest edges. These transitions are called ‘ecotones’ and are ideal for studying the physical, chemical and biological responses to climate changes. This project will focus on assessing the Mackay Glacier ecotone, which sits between two biogeographic regions at the northern edge of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. We will examine the distribution and genetic variability among populations for a range of invertebrates.
Using this information we can enhance our capacity to detect subtle biotic responses resulting from climate changes. More information on the invertebrates project can be found here: http://www.ictar.aq/invertebrates.cfm.
Sir Robin Irvine Scholarship
Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Scholarship
New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
The scholarship award is expected to contribute towards research costs, travel, fees and living expenses incurred during the scholarship period.
Antarctica New Zealand will cover the costs for the scholar’s transport between Antarctica and Christchurch, living costs at Scott Base or in the field, reasonable transport needs in Antarctica, field equipment supplied at Scott Base, clothing hire and e-mail communications.
Accepted proposals may require alterations to logistics requests in order to be supported.
Applicants must be:
Applicants must provide: