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Meet the 2022/23 Neville Shulman Award winners – pioneers in environmental research

The Neville Shulman Earthwatch Awards give individuals from across the world the opportunity to receive funding from us that will enable them to implement exciting new research, increase local community engagement in environmental projects and tackle some of the planet’s biggest environmental challenges.

In particular we look for applications from early career scientists that address one or more of the following areas of research:

  • The impacts of climate change
  • The loss of wildlife and habitats
  • Nature in cities
  • Freshwater pollution

Our winners of the 2022/23 Neville Shulman Awards have now been chosen so we are thrilled to be able to introduce them to you! They are three early career scientists undertaking research in Thailand, Tanzania and India. They will be receiving grants from the Neville Shulman Awards to enable them to start work on their proposed projects.

Their research will be focusing on impacts on wildlife, monitoring freshwater pollution and tackling the impacts of climate change. Through their work, they also seek to empower their local communities to create solutions to some of the challenges these communities are facing.

A huge congratulations to all our award winners. Earthwatch is looking forward to seeing your projects develop over the next year!

Read on to find out more about our talented winners and their vital work.

 

Chanchanok Sudta: undertaking wildlife research and engaging with rural communities in Thailand

Chanchanok Sudta is currently a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno and she will be using the award to take her insect research further.

 

"I am a Ph.D. student, working on understanding the dietary specialization of Lepidoptera and how environmental disturbances impact plant-insect networks. Through the 2022 Earthwatch Neville Shulman Award, I am excited to start a caterpillar-host plan survey with impactful outreach activities in rural Thailand."

 

Happiness Anold Moshi: exploring the role of citizen scientists in monitoring Lake Tanganyika water quality

Happiness Anold Moshi is an environmental Research Officer, working for Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute. She will be looking at the role of citizen scientists in monitoring Lake Tanganyika water quality using mini-secchi disk, turbidity tube and freshwater kits.

"My project works focuses on community water quality monitoring with respect to pollution and climate change using citizen science approach. I’m interested and motivated to work in conservation to ensure protection of aquatic biodiversity, ecosystems and ensure safe and sustainable environmental development for safe human livelihood at large.

I feel very privileged and thankful to receive this award which will open new doors to develop and expand my career as an environmental conservationist."

 

Kiran Keswani: understanding the impact of shade from trees and integrating nature into urban planning

Kiran Keswani is an urban designer and co-founder of Everyday City Lab based in Bangalore. The Neville Shulman Award will allow her to understand how the shade from trees can impact micro-climates, as well as explore how to develop a model for green networks at the neighbourhood level and integrate nature into city-making.

"I am totally delighted to receive this award. It will allow us to understand how to integrate nature into contemporary city-making based on the cultural and ecological values of traditional neighbourhoods in Bangalore, India. I am grateful to Earthwatch Europe for having faith in our idea."

 

 

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