Taniwha and ‘kiwi’ microorganisms are among 13 research projects funded by UC Marsden – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News

A total of $8.652 million in funding has been awarded to UC researchers for projects as diverse and important as Dr. Pascale Hatcher’s research into the local and international impacts of deep sea mining on the Pacific, or Associate Professor Matthew Stott’s research into why a hot spring microorganism is only found in Aotearoa New Zealand and how working with Ngāti Tahu–Ngāti Whaoa whenua mana can help conservation efforts.

Eight Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden “standard” grants worth $6.852 million have been awarded to leading and emerging researchers to develop “blue sky thinking” – innovative research that can address the grand challenges of society, and Marsden Fast-Start grants worth $1.8 million have been awarded to help emerging scholars leverage their research and connect internationally.

Professor Ian Wright Tumu Tuarua Rangahau | The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation is excited about the research that is being supported in a highly competitive process through the awarding of these Marsden Grants.

“UC’s ambition is to develop and support innovative and emerging research to address local and global challenges, and the list of funded projects and the diversity of research are examples of this. Marsden funding is essential to developing new areas of research at the international forefront of science, and these projects will produce exciting results that are timely and solve key problems now. said Professor Wright.

Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack was awarded $929,000 for his research on predicting sea ice trends and what this means for sea level rise and global warming.

Professor Renwick Dobson’s $937,000 ‘TRAPed in a lift’ project will investigate membrane transport proteins used by pathogenic bacteria during infection as potential targets for new, much-needed antimicrobial drugs.

Dr. Dineke Schokkin’s Fast-Start Grant will help fund his exploration of how words are stored in our memory and constructed for use. Dr. Schokkin will explore a Papuan language in his research, in which most words are made up of many different parts in very complex ways.

While Dr Kirsty Dunn was awarded $360,000 for her research celebrating Maori knowledge, experiences and perspectives through taniwha, using taniwha stories to explain the complexities and challenges here in Aotearoa New Zealand and in the world.

Marsden Fellowships are awarded to support excellent research in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, mātauranga, mathematics and engineering, with the aim of helping us better understand who we are and discover solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.

Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden is run by the Royal Society Te Apārangi on behalf of the New Zealand Government with funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Marsden funded projects led by researchers at the University of Canterbury

Marsden Fast-Start Grants

Dr. Joe Chen – Deciphering Molecular Structures Using Diffuse X-Ray Scattering from Disordered Crystals ($360,000)

Dr. Dineke Schokkin – Can word duration in a morphologically complex language tell us whether words are stored whole or constructed from parts? ($360,000)

Dr. Ryan Ridden – What physics powers the fastest explosions in the universe? ($360,000)

Dr. Matthew Scobie – Indigenous Reconstruction: Rebuilding Indigenous Economies from the Ground Up ($360,000)

Dr. Kirsty Dunn – Taniwha: A Cultural History ($360,000)

Te Putea Rangahau in Marsden

Dr. Pascale Hatcher – Into the Deep: Analysis of the actors and controversies behind the adoption of the world’s first governance of deep sea mining ($870,000)

Dr. Brendon Creutz with Principal Investigator Prof. Felipe Voloch – Rational Points and Anabelian Geometry ($713,000)

Professor Jennifer Hay – Te reo Māori Vowel Sequences Within and Across Morpheme Boundaries ($647,000)

Associate Professor Matthew Stott – Stuck at Home: The Puzzle of a Locally Abundant Thermophilic Bacterial Genus that Didn’t Disperse Beyond Aotearoa-New Zealand ($958,000)

Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack – How does Antarctic sea ice defy the odds of climate change? ($929,000)

Professor Randolph Grace with Principal Investigator Emeritus Professor Simon Kemp – Is Algebraic Structure Inherent in Perception? ($870,000)

Associate Professor Laura Revell – The Longevity of Airborne Microplastic Climate Forcing Due to Legacy Plastic Pollution ($928,000)

Professor Renwick Dobson – TRAPPED in an elevator ($937,000)

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