Māori Studentships - He Tautāwhi Tauira to Manaaki Whenua
Landcare Research seeks applications from Māori tertiary students seeking experience in working with researchers on biodiversity, biosecurity and land use management. We are offering a $5,000 stipend to students wishing to spend 10 weeks based in our Hamilton or Lincoln offices and hosted by a group of researchers actively participating in hapu/iwi-driven projects.
We will be seeking one summer student to work on each of the following two projects (at the office indicated):
Developing Māori Research Capability and Fostering Closer Links between Science with Iwi (Hamilton)
The student will be assisting members of the Landcare Research’s Governance and Policy (GAP) team with Māori interaction and participation. Specifically the intern will attend seminars and briefings for Iwi and provide support for members of the team.
It is envisaged that by the end of this project the student will have highlighted the importance of Māori participation in science and the valuable contribution that engagement by Māori researchers can provide to Science. Our aim is that at the end of the project the student will have greater understanding and be able to specify some tangible benefits to both Māori and the wider science community that Māori participation in science provides.
Habitat utilisation by black swans (Cygnus atratus) in Canterbury (Lincoln)
Our objective is to investigate the direct and indirect effects of Ngāi Tahu customary approaches and practices on black swan population growth rates and wetland structure and processes. The first step is to determine the home range (utilisation distribution) of black swans breeding at Te Waihora? We will deploy GPS units on 46 adult black swan breeding at Te Waihora during the January moult period to track their movements over the non-breeding season. The Ngāi Tahu student will assist us with the capture of birds, banding, measuring and deployment of GPS devices on the swans. The work will be conducted under the auspices of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, “Customary approaches and practices to protect, restore and use biodiversity” project.