Student Conference Awards

Conference Awards

The following student awards are awarded at the Society’s annual conference each year:

  • NZFSS Best Student Paper Award ($500).
  • SIL Trust Prize Best Oral Presentation ($500)
  • SIL Trust Prize Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation ($150)
  • SIL Trust Prize Best Poster ($150)

In addition, a number of sponsored prizes may be presented each year such as the following awards:

  • Department of Conservation – Best Conservation Paper
  • Department of Conservation – Best Conservation Poster
  • Fish and Game – Best Fish and Game Presentation
  • Golder NZ – Best Applied Paper
  • Golder NZ – Best Applied Poster

V.H. Jolly Conference Travel Awards

NZFSS offers funding to assist students with travel costs to the annual Freshwater Sciences conference through the V.H. Jolly Travel Fund. Violet Hilary Jolly was a pioneering freshwater scientist and founder member of the Society who did much to encourage student participation in the Society’s early years.

There is $100 per person available up to a total amount each year equivalent to half of the interest earned on NZFSS bank accounts. If there are more than applicants than funds available, those that have travelled the furthest get first priority. Funds are usually distributed after the conference. To be considered for a V.H. Jolly Conference Travel Award, you must be

  • presenting either a talk or a poster, and
  • a current NZFSS member.

Recent Conference Award Recipients

2018 Nelson

The following student awards were presented at the NZFSS conference in Nelson:

SIL Trust Prize: Best Oral Presentation – $500
Laura Kelly (Victoria University of Wellington): A toxic puzzle – unravelling the relationship between anatoxin production & strain dominance in Microcoleus autumnalis (Phormidium autumnale).

SIL Trust Prize: Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation – $150
Lena Schallenberg (University of Otago): Spatial abundance and diversity of picocyanobacteria in two lakes with contrasting geomorphology and trophic status.

SIL Trust Prize: Best Poster – $150
Isabelle Barrett (University of Canterbury): Resilience isn’t always healthy: using stressors to overcome negative resistance and resilience in stream restoration.

Department of Conservation Best Freshwater Management Talk – $250
Chris Meijer (University of Canterbury): Trophic interactions of kōwaro (Canterbury mudfsh) across a gradient of drying intensity.

Department of Conservation Best Freshwater Management Poster – $250
Katie Collins (University of Canterbury): Rethinking riparian buffer design to control macrophyte growth
in small agricultural streams.


2017 Hamilton

The following student awards were presented at the NZFSS conference in Hamilton:

SIL Trust Prize: Best Oral Presentation – $500
Tara McAllister (University of Canterbury): Phormidium growth responses along hydrological gradients in three South Canterbury rivers.

SIL Trust Prize: Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation – $150
Michelle Melchior (The University of Waikato): Effects of water temperature on the release and viability of glochidia of the freshwater mussel, Echyridella menziesii.

SIL Trust Prize: Best Poster – $150
Katie Collins (University of Canterbury): Persistence and ecological consequences of glyphosate to control aquatic macrophytes in Canterbury lowland streams, South Island, New Zealand.

Department of Conservation Best Conservation Talk – $250
Nixie Boddy (University of Canterbury): Confluence configuration controls spatial patterns in fish assemblages.

Dan Fake (Hawke’s Bay Regional Council): Floating fish ramps: a tool new in the fish passage toolbox.


2016 Invercargill

The following student awards were presented at the NZFSS conference in Invercargill:

SIL Trust Prize: Best Oral Presentation – $500
Laura Kelly (Victoria University of Wellington)

SIL Trust Prize: Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation – $150
Emily Martin (Victoria University)
Finnbar Lee (University of Auckland)

SIL Trust Prize: Best Poster – $150
Christopher Meijer (University of Canterbury)


2015 Wellington

The following student awards were presented at the NZFSS conference in Wellington:

SIL Trust Prize: Best Oral Presentation – $500
Tara McAllister (University of Canterbury)

SIL Trust Prize: Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation – $150
Josie Crawshaw (University of Otago)

SIL Trust Prize: Best Poster – $150
Emily Martin (Victoria University)


2014 Blenheim

The following student awards were presented at the NZFSS conference in Blenheim:

SIL Trust Prize: Best Oral Presentation – $500
Mark Galatowitsch (University of Canterbury): “Will generalist life-history strategies used to persist in unpredictable ponds be an asset under climate warming?”

SIL Trust Prize: Best Masters or Honours Oral Presentation – $150
Sophie Hunt (University of Canterbury): “Climate- and habitat-mediation of predator-prey interactions”

SIL Trust Prize: Best Poster – $150
Tara McAllister (University of Canterbury): “Elevated nitrogen, low phosphorus – a recipe for Phormidium success?”

Department of Conservation – Best Conservation Oral Presentation – $250
Matt Jarvis (University of Otago): Temporal and spatial patterns of larval drift and mortality in an amphidromas fish, the bluegill bully (Gobiomorphus hubbsi)”

Department of Conservation – Best Conservation Poster – $250
Eimear Egan (University of Canterbury): “Using environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect New Zealand Whio (blue duck)”

Fish & Game – Best Fish & Game Presentation – $250
Morgan Trotter (University of Otago): “An investigation of juvenile trout movement and mortality during the summer/autumn low flow period in the Lindis River, Central Otago”

Golder Associates – Best Applied Oral Presentation – $200
Alex Sean Waters (University of Canterbury): “Sedimentary phosphorus release in Te Roto O Wairewa / Lake Forsyth”

Golder Associates – Best Applied Poster Presentation – $200
Stephen Pohe (University of Canterbury): “How effective are different lights for collecting adult aquatic insects?”