New Zealand Marine Science Society success for Marine Science

06 July 2018

The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) celebrated not one, but three successes at the New Zealand Marine Science Society conference this year.

The New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) encourages and assists marine science and related research across a wide range of disciplines in New Zealand.

Every year they organise an annual Marine Science Conference with the 2018 conference Weaving the Strands held on 3-5 July 2018 in Napier.

Professor Simon Thrush, Head of the IMS, would like to congratulate Dr Nicholas Shears on his success in becoming the new President of the NZMSS – announced during the conference.

“Standing on a platform of Making our Oceans Great again, Nick rode a wave of support to become President,” he says.

“Nick values the diversity of the society and its role in connecting marine scientists and post-graduate students across New Zealand.  With stalled policy and inaction on many critical issues, never has it been more important for the New Zealand Marine Sciences to offer independent and rigorous scientific advice to improve the state of our coasts and oceans.”

Dr Shears, in turn, congratulates all University of Auckland postgraduate students for their exceptional showing at the conference. They received four of the seven possible awards:

  • Rikki Taylor (Marine Science) | Best student presentation for her presentation Developing fish based indicators for Ecosystem Based Fishery Management: A Chatham Rise case study
  • Emily Frost (Biological Science) | Runner-up Best student presentation for her presentation on the Impact of long-term near future ocean acidification on the physiology of adult evechinus chloroticus
  • India Merrick (Marine Science) | Department of Conservation Award for best Marine Protected Area talk Establishing new marine reserves: Using species presence data to increase conservation of biodiversity
  • Rikki Taylor (Marine Science) | Ministry for Primary Industries Award for best Quantitative presentation

The University of Auckland also took out the inaugural "Battle of the Labs" trophy, for the highest average quality of presentations across all institutions.

Finally Dr Roger Grace (an alumnus, who conducted the first diving-based PhD at the Leigh Marine Campus) received the John Morton Medal for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of marine conservation and sustainability in New Zealand.

The 2019 NZMSS Conference will be in Dunedin and we look forward to another strong showing from the University of Auckland staff and students.

Battle of the Labs Trophy, NZMSS
NZMSS Battle of the Labs Trophy
Dr Roger Grace receiving his NZMSS award from new NZMSS President Dr Nick Shears,
Dr Roger Grace receiving his NZMSS award from new NZMSS President Dr Nick Shears,
University of Auckland Biological Sciences and Marine Science students with their awards
University of Auckland Biological Sciences and Marine Science students with their awards