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Research into killer weeds and sustainable tourism awarded Governor’s Scholarships

Two University of Tasmania students have been awarded prestigious scholarships to continue research into some of the state’s most pressing environmental issues.

Bachelor of Science with Honours student Nicholas Broadfield, 22, from Ulverstone, and Master of Applied Science student Mark Williams, 38, of Mount Nelson, are the 2018 recipients of the Governor’s Environment Scholarship.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC will present Nicholas and Mark with the award at a ceremony at Government House today (6 April).

·        Nicholas’ honours project aims to research and develop solutions to the problem of gorse, a weed posing significant threats to Tasmania’s environment and agriculture.

·        Mark, currently in the final year of his Master’s degree, is evaluating the geodiversity of Wellington Park, and its potential to become a geopark as part of the UNESCO Geopark program, by assessing geosites of significance and using landscape mapping techniques including GIS (geographic information systems) and remote sensing.

University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black congratulated Nicholas and Mark on their achievements in securing the coveted scholarship.

“Both of their projects are tackling challenges and questions that are particularly relevant to our island home,” Professor Black said.

“Their work will help us to protect and conserve our natural environment, thanks in part to this scholarship and the generous industry bodies who support it.”

The scholarship, valued at $7500 for one year, is presented annually to a student undertaking an honours or masters project, in any faculty, which relates to management of the environment.

The Governor is patron of the award, which is supported by leaders in environmental policy in Tasmania.

Current donors include Bell Bay Aluminium, Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks, Nyrstar Hobart and Norske Skog.

Published on: 06 Apr 2018 12:19pm