CMS Awards News

Three members of the Centre for Marine Socioecology have been recognised with different awards for their research projects.

Associate Professor Gretta Pecl and her team – including national coordinator Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith, communications officer Yvette Barry and senior technical advisor Peter Walsh – are finalists for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science for their Redmap Australia project. Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping) encourages citizen scientists around Australia to upload photos and sightings of marine life not commonly found at their local fishing, diving and swimming spots. Each photo is then verified by a taxonomic expert. These community observations help scientists track which species may be moving away from their usual home range in response to warming seas. Professor Pecl said the shortlisting was a welcome acknowledgement of the significant contributions many fishers, divers, boaters and scientists around Australia had made towards understanding the effects of marine climate change.  “Redmap Australia is an innovative collaboration between over 80 scientists, thousands of citizen scientists and 15 institutes around the country, which is providing an early indication of how our marine ecosystems are changing so we are better prepared to adapt to these changes,” she said. The 2016 awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on 31 August.

Associate Professor Julia Blanchard has been awarded the Founders’ Prize of the British Ecological Society. The Founders’ Prize commemorates the enthusiasm and vision of our founders. It is awarded to an outstanding ecologist, early in their career who is making a significant contribution to ecology.

Dr Kirsty Nash, a postdoctoral fellow at the CMS, was awarded the 3rd Prize in the Peer Prize for Women in Science: Earth, Environmental & Space Science Prize (Watch video The Peer Prize for Women aimed to be a catalyst for inspiring women researchers in Australia. Over a 4-week period, they received 40 inspiring research entries from across Australia. After a 10-day researcher verification and voting period, they had over 50,000 unique views & 1,474 of some the world’s top researchers from 250 different research organisations across the world voted on the awards.

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