I am keen to hear from potential graduate students who are interested in exciting Antarctic environmental science- soil-related research projects. I welcome new ideas, especially if they align with my current research. I am particularly keen to hear from students with a strong soil chemistry or soil physics background, with an interest in environmental impact assessment, conservation, soil contaminants or environmental protection of sensitive (Antarctic, sub-Antarctic or other) environments. When you do contact me it is critical to be specific about your interests rather than asking for me to generically look at your CV.
I currently do not have funding for specific projects but there are limited post-graduate scholarships available for both New Zealanders and international students through the general MSc and PhD University of Waikato scholarships (more details here) but these are extremely competitive, especially for international students (where straight A grades or a very high GPA are usually required).
- Microplastics and anthropogenic contaminants in gannet colonies (MSc)
- The effects of foraging behaviour on microplastics and anthropogenic contaminants in little blue penguin colonies (MSc or PhD)
- Soil microplastic contamination under different land-uses in New Zealand
I am also part of a research team known as WaiBER, led by Louis Schipper, Dave Campbell, and Aaron Wall from the University of Waikato. Our group works on a variety of projects covering soil quality, carbon exchange and budgets in pastures and wetlands and nitrogen removal from agricultural ecosystems. Check out our webpage with possible projects. We can only support a few applicants and our support does not guarantee success in obtaining a scholarship. Consequently, if you are interested in one of these projects it is important that you demonstrate to us that you understand and are genuinely engaged in the topic.
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
“Utility of DUALEM sensors to quantify spatial variation of hydrological processes in forested systems”
“Nutrient and heavy metal fluxes from penguin colonies, Cape Bird, Antarctica”
PAST GRADUATE STUDENTS
“Arsenic contamination from historic sheep dips in New Zealand”
DAU ZETANG HAWNG
“Distribution of trace elements in urban soils at Kukutaaruhe Gully, Fairfield, Hamilton”
“Pasture and irrigation modelling for improved productive and environmental outcomes”
“The role of native plantings to mitigate freshwater contamination at Lake Waikare near Huntly in the Waikato region of New Zealand”
“Spatial and temporal changes in soil climate and active layer depth in the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica, 1999-2018”
Annette’s MSc research cake and MSc research paper
“The effects of varying intensity cultivation on soil quality in a maize cropping system”
“The effects of irrigation on soil carbon and nitrogen stocks of pumice soils”
“Temperature and moisture sensitivity of soil microbial respiration in adjacent irrigated and non-irrigated soils”
Olivia’s MSc research cake and MSc research paper
“Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration”
Jasmine’s MSc research paper
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Madison Farrant (2022). Acid mine drainage, Tararu Valley, Hauraki (SCIEN589 co-supervised with Megan Grainger).
- Louise McKain (2022). Work placement report: Core logging geologist at OceanaGold Corporation (SCIEN371-21X science work placement with OceanaGold).
- Madison Farrant (2021). Analysis of heavy metal contamination in Tararu Stream from historic mining of the Hauraki Goldfield, New Zealand (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Megan Grainger).
- Svenja David (2021). Microplastic occurrence in kororā (Eudyptula minor) faeces at Mount Maunganui (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Joanne Ellis).
- Leeza Speranskaya (2021). Redox poising of bioreactors to reduce pollution swapping (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Dorisel Torres-Rojas)..
- Charlotte Ferrier-Kerr (2020). The efficiency of different functional materials in adsorbing nitrate (NO3–) from contaminated water solutions (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Dorisel Torres-Rojas).
- Iris Ronald (2020). The effect of cultivation intensity on soil microbial respiration (SCIEN303).
- Joshua Hughes (2019). Evaluating the Arable Mark version 1 pasture probe (SCIE371-19C work placement with Grant Anderson, LIC).
- Sultana Shah (2019). Nitrogen leaching and greenhouse gas emissions from intensively grazed pastures in the Waikato region, New Zealand (SCIEN589).
- Renata Sawyer (2019). The effect of kiwifruit copper sprays on soil microbial respiration in two contrasting allophanic and gley soils, Waikato region, New Zealand (SCIEN303).
- Liam Crockett-Swanson (2019). Winter cover crops to reduce herbacide inputs and maintain maize yields. (SCIEN271_18C work placement with AgResearch).