As part of the Paddy Pallin Science Grants, FNPW annually offers up to two $7,000 grants to support marine research in partnership with the Paddy Pallin Foundation.
The objective of FNPW's Marine Science Grants is to provide financial support for conservation-based research of Australian marine ecosystems that will ultimately lead to tangible outcomes for conservation and management. The scope of the research is open to marine research on threatened or migratory EPBC listed species and communities in the marine environment.
These grants are open to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers (within 3 years of completing a PhD).
Also on offer are two grants funded by the Paddy Pallin Foundation (up to $7,000 each). These grants are for marine, terrestrial or freswater systems, with a preference for ecosystem benefits.
The grants are administered by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.
Eligability criteria, selection criteria and application forms for FNPW's Marine Science Grant and other grants, can be found at the Royal Zoological Society of NSW website - click to find out more.
The science grant program was initiated by the Paddy Pallin Foundation. It is supported by funding from the Paddy Pallin Foundation and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife. It is administered by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.
Luciana Ferreira, PhD candidate of the University of Western Australia and
Dr Andrew Olds, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
In 2014, FNPW awarded two Marine Science Grants. Luciana Ferreira is researching Tiger Shark movements and behaviour. Dr Andrew Olds is researching the impact of coastal conservation initiatives, such as marine reserves and National Parks, on the fish of Australia’s surf beaches.
Kennedy Wolfe of the University of Sydney, New South Wales and
Ms Blanche D’Anastasi, PhD Candidate and Science Ambassador of James Cook University, Queensland
In 2013, FNPW awarded two Marine Science Grants. Mr Kennedy Wolfe is researching the feeding biology, bioturbation, sediment processing and population ecology of sea cucumbers common on the Great Barrier Reef. Ms Blanche D’Anastasi is researching the conservation status of Western Australia’s sea snakes, and aims to find out if species are disappearing before they have been discovered.
Dr Timothy Smith, of Deakin University Victoria and
PhD Candidate Deborah Bowden of the University of Queensland
In 2012, FNPW awarded two Marine Science Grants. Dr Smith is researching the population structure of the Southern Calamari Squid. Miss Bowden is researching the gestation sites used by the Critically Endangered east coast population of the Grey Nurse Shark with the support of the Grey Nurse Shark Research and Community Engagement Program.
Libby Liggins, University of Queensland PhD Candidate
Each year FNPW offers a Marine Science Grant of up to $7,000 for a PhD student or early career researcher (within 3 years of completing a PhD) conducting research into Australian marine ecoystems. Libby Liggins of Brisbane's University of Queensland is the lucky 2011 recipient. Congratulations, Libby! She will be undertaking research into reef fish populations.
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