University of Melbourne students lead American-Australian Fellowships

16 September 2014

Five University of Melbourne students have been awarded American Australian Association Education Fund Fellowships for up to US$40,000 to undertake advanced research at prestigious American institutions.

The largest source of privately funded educational fellowships between Australia and the United States, the Education Fund was established to support the study and two-way flow of emerging innovators between the two countries in fields of sustainability, engineering and medicine.

Only sixteen students across Australia received the 2014 fellowships. Two of these are from the Faculty of Science:

  • Ashleigh Hood from the Department of Earth Sciences, who recently completed her PhD in Geology studying the oxygenation of Earth’s early oceans, will be working at Yale University as a post doctoral researcher, extending our understanding of ocean evolution back over 2.5 billion years using new geo-chemical techniques.
  • Petter Nyman from the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science seeks to develop models that enable land and water managers to better predict the effects of climate change, wildfire and drought on water supply from forested catchment. He will be working with the Eco-hydrology Research Group at the University of Washington to build a catchment evolution model framework for fire-prone Eucalyptus forests in south east Australia.

Congratulations to both Ashleigh and Petter, plus all other award winners.

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