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Students who are planning on studying environmental or conservation topics may wish to consider the following research topics.

The International Union for Conservation (IUCN) have highlighted some conservation actions that are needed and identified the following research topics for some of our endangered taonga species which live in Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui.

Conservation Actions Needed
  • Land/water management.
  • Site/area management.
  • Species management.
  • Species recovery.
Research Needed
  • Population size, distribution and trends.
  • Life history and ecology.
  • Threats.
  • Actions.
  • Monitoring.
Conservation Actions Needed
  • Site/area protection.
  • Species re-introduction.
  • Awareness and communications.
  • Legislation.
  • Private sector standards and codes.
  • Conservation actions in detail
Research Needed
  • Population size, distribution and trends.
  • Threats.
  • Monitoring.
Conservation Actions Needed
  • Invasive/problematic species control.
  • Species recovery.
  • Species re-introduction.
  • Awareness and communications.
  • Legislation
  • Conservation actions in detail.
Research Needed
  • Population size, distribution and trends.
  • Life history and ecology.
  • Threats.
  • Actions.
  • Monitoring.
Conservation Actions Needed
  • Site/area protection and management.
  • Resource and habitat protection.
  • Awareness and communications.
  • Species re-introduction.
  • Invasive/problematic species control.
  • Habitat and natural process restoration.
  • Training.
  • Policies and regulations.
  • Linked enterprises and livelihood alternatives.
  • Non-monetary values.
  • Conservation actions in detail.
Research Needed
  • Population size, distribution and trends.
  • Threats.
  • Actions.
  • Monitoring.
Conservation Actions Needed
  • Resource and habitat protection.
  • Awareness and communications.
  • Invasive/problematic species control.
  • Conservation actions in detail.
Research Needed
  • Population size, distribution and trends.
  • Threats.
  • Actions.
  • Monitoring.
Conservation Actions Needed
  • Ex-situ conservation.
  • Awareness and communications.
  • Invasive/problematic species control.
  • Conservation actions in detail.
Research Needed
  • Population size, distribution and trends.
  • Threats.
  • Actions.
  • Monitoring.

Scholarships in Environmental or Conservation Topics

University of Auckland

Ken Lim Memorial Scholarship in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Science Masters Awards.
Stanley Wishart Low Memorial Scholarship in Marine Science.
Jim Dart Urban Planning Prize relating to environmental, conservation, resilience or sustainability issues.
Heather Leaity Memorial Award in Marine Science.
Craig Memorial Scholarship.
R J Mowat Memorial Award in Earth Sciences.
Norman Thom Prize for Environmental Management.
Marian Cranwell Prize focussing on environmental or ecological science.

Auckland University of Technology

Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust – Dame Dorothy Winstone Doctoral Completion Awards.

University of Waikato

TAPA (Tertiary Achievement in Pacific Ako) Awards Open.
Anne Shannon Scholarship in Ecology & Biodiversity or Molecular & Cellular Biology.
Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders’ Scholarship.
Dr Zena Daysh Fellowship in Sustainable Development.

Massey University

Undergraduate Scholarships in Quantitative Marine Biology
Heseltine Ecology Bursary in conservation biology, ecology or zoology.
Julie Alley Bursary in the Wildlife and Ecology Group.
Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation Scholarship.
New Zealand Coastal Society Māori & Pacific Island Research Scholarship – focus within the coastal environment.
New Zealand Plant Protection Society Research Scholarship.

Victoria University of Wellington

Alison Morton Scholarship in Ecology/Marine Biology.
Heine Research Scholarship in Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.
W R Lauder Memorial Scholarship in Geology.
Dan F Jones Scholarship in Science.
Averil Brent Scholarship in Science.
Te Manawa O Te Ika A Maui Scholarship.
Wetland Care New Zealand Scholarship.

Lincoln University

Gordon Williams Postgraduate Scholarship in Ecological Sciences.
Southern Environmental Trust Scholarship.
Hugh McDougall Rankin Education Scholarship.
Department of Conservation Parks and Outdoor Recreation Scholarship.
The Peter Skellerup Plant Conservation Scholarship.
Department of Conservation Postgraduate Scholarship programme.
Tu Mai Grants and Awards.

University of Canterbury

Sir Neil Isaac Scholarship in Environmental Science.
Stan and Jessie Holland Memorial Scholarship in Ecology and Environmental Science.
Laura J Clad Memorial Scholarship on a topic related to the preservation of ecology and environment.
Stantec Jim Bradley Scholarship.
Owen Browning Scholarships in Forestry.
Geographical Society (Canterbury Branch) Research Grant.
John Waller Memorial Scholarship (School-Leaver Scholarship)
Vida Stout Scholarship.
Leigh and Judith Pownall Scholarship (School-Leaver Scholarship).
Roland Stead Postgraduate Scholarship in Biology.
The Edward & Isabel Kidson Scholarship.
Hugh McDougall Rankin Education Scholarship.

University of Otago

Diane Campbell-Hunt Memorial Award contribution to New Zealand conservation.

Any New Zealand University

Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) Postgraduate Scholarships
Ernest William File Scholarship.
KiwiRail Scholarships.
Maritime Union Scholarship.
Shirtcliffe Fellowship.
The list above is a selection of scholarships available. For further details and eligibility criteria contact the individual organisations.
If you would like to offer a scholarship please contact us.

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The animals and plants of Tōtaranui need your help now!