And the winner is….

The Awards Committee had a very tough job of judging this year’s NZFSS medal award as the calibre of all nominees was, without exception, outstanding.

Notwithstanding this, the Awards Committee are delighted to award the 2019 NZFSS medal to Dr Susie Wood for her outstanding contribution to freshwater science and management, and her leadership of women in science.  Susie is the nation’s foremost expert in toxic cyanobacteria, leading the global research community with a stellar research and publication record over her relatively short career thus far – congratulations Susie!  We look forward to Susie’s award presentation at INTECOL Wetlands next year.

The executive is also extremely pleased to recognise and acknowledge the mahi of Dr Don Jellyman by making him an Honorary Member of NZFSS for his lifetime contribution and commitment to freshwater sciences and the Society.  Don’s research encompasses a wide range of indigenous and introduced fish, although his passions are tuna (eels) and piharau/kanakana (lamprey).  Don is a force in advancing our knowledge, and ensuring the viability, of these taonga.

Congratulations also to the student award winners at the recent NZFSS conference in Geelong.

SIL Trust Prize: Best Oral Presentation
Andrew Watson (University of Canterbury): How does whitebait fishing affect common galaxias (Galaxias maculatus) populations?

SIL Trust Prize: Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation
Chloe Price (University of Auckland): Destruction and Reconstruction: is freshwater offsetting achieving no net loss of biodiversity values?.

SIL Trust Prize: Best Poster
Finnbar Lee (University of Auckland): Modelling the influence of environmental and disturbance spatial structure on trait trade-offs in freshwater fish communities.

NZFSS Best Student Paper
Finnbar Lee (University of Auckland): “Assessing the role of off‐take and source–sink dynamics in the extinction of the amphidromous New Zealand grayling (Prototroctes oxyrhynchus)”. by F. Lee and G.L.W. Perry. Freshwater Biology (2019), 64, 1747–1754. doi:10.1111/fwb.13366