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Biology student wins Fellowship in marine science



4 May 2010

Ana Bugnot, winner of 2010 SIMS Doctoral Fellowship, receiving her fellowship from SIMS director Professor Peter Steinberg, at an awards ceremony held on Thursday 29th April at SIMS in Chowder Bay.
Ana Bugnot, winner of 2010 SIMS Doctoral Fellowship, receiving her fellowship from SIMS director Professor Peter Steinberg, at an awards ceremony held on Thursday 29th April at SIMS in Chowder Bay.

Ana Bugnot, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a 2010 Doctoral Fellowship to do research at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS).

Bugnot, a postgraduate student working within the centre for Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities, was awarded the 2010 Fellowship for her study on the ecology of an invasive marine slater, which is abundant in Sydney Harbour. Since the ecological effects of this exotic slater are unknown, Bugnot's study will evaluate it's impact on native communities and will determine if this impact is positive or negative.

Bugnot, who won one of three 2010 Doctoral Fellowships, was awarded the funding based on her academic record, the quality of her research project and the relevance it has to the research areas undertaken in SIMS.

"I am glad and thankful for the opportunity SIMS has given to me," Bugnot said. "Winning this fellowship gives me a great opportunity to travel to courses and conferences, which are not only important to my professional development, but also enable me to contact specialists in invasive species and make my research known worldwide. It will also help me to buy the equipment I need to do my research."

This is the first year that SIMS has awarded Doctoral Fellowships, which are designed specifically to encourage PhD students to undertake marine science research in Sydney at the institute of marine science.

Bugnot, whose research is supervised by Associate Professor Ross Coleman and Dr Will Figueira, said "I think these kind of fellowships are really important for any Ph.D. student, they contribute greatly to the development of scientific researchers."

The 2010 Doctoral Fellowships were presented by the SIMS's director, Professor Peter Steinberg, at an awards ceremony held on Thursday 29th April at SIMS in Chowder Bay.

There were two full scholarships and one half scholarship awarded, with Ana receiving a full scholarship to the value of $37,500 over three years. Other winners were Osmar Luiz, of Macquarie University, and Gwenael Cadiou, of the University of Technology, Sydney.

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald featuring Ana Bugnot's win can be found here.

About SIMS

Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) is a collaborative research and training institute bringing together the scientists from six NSW universities plus state and federal marine and environmental agencies. SIMS conducts multidisciplinary marine research on impacts of climate change and urbanisation, biological diversity, fisheries, tourism, coastal development, and marine disease. By bringing together NSW's leading marine scientists at one collaborative site, SIMS will maximise the efficient use of resources for research on Australia's critical coastal environments.


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