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Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships

Bill Borthwick Student Scholarships 2024

VEAC has established the annual scholarships for Honours, Masters or PhD tertiary students to assist in the costs of research relating to public land in Victoria, including terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Relevant fields of study include natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, economics, law and politics.

The scholarships were established in March 2011 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of the Land Conservation Council (LCC) and to honour the vision of the Hon Bill Borthwick, a central figure in establishing the LCC to advise government on the use of Victoria’s public land.

More information and a copy of the application form can be found here.

VEAC awarded ten scholarships in 2023, the recipients were:

Aaron Heap, University of Melbourne 
Values of forests in an alternative state – A case study of Wilson Promontory 

Aindreeya Alcova, University of Melbourne
Biodiversity of Collectotrichum spp. associated with Australian native plants in Victoria 

Allison Menzies, La Trobe University
Using novel eDNA approaches to assess invertebrate pollinator communities in an endangered grassland

Brady Hamilton, Deakin University
Pesticide monitoring of Australian streams using citizen science 

Chloe Stringer, University of Melbourne
Towards a holistic understanding of past human-mollusc-environment relationships in northwest Victoria 

Claudia Geraldo Escobar, University of Melbourne
Phenology and distribution of two stringybarks, vital for an endangered cockatoo 

Felix Powrie, University of Melbourne 
Facilitating 16s rDNA metabarcoding of southern Australian Algal Turf

Joelle Hervic, Monash University
Colonialism of People and Country: Opportunities for Self-Determination in Australia

Katherine Horsfall, University of Melbourne
Seed pre-treatment to enhance the functional diversity of direct-seeded grassy ecosystems 

Stacey Phillips, La Trobe University
The effects of urbanisation on the genetic diversity of White’s Skink (Liopholis whitii)


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