1854 Scholarships announced

17 May, 2009

Lebbeus spp.
Two new species of decapod crustaceans (Lebbeus spp.) recently described by Anna McCallum.
Image: Karen Gowlett-Holmes
Source: CSIRO Wealth from Oceans

Museum Victoria is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s 1854 Scholarships.

The 1854 Scholarships were established in 2004 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the museum. They are awarded to students undertaking an Honours, Masters or PhD research project related to Museum Victoria’s collections, or in association with a Museum researcher. Scholarships may be awarded in the fields of Natural Sciences, Australian History & Technology, and Indigenous Cultures. 

The 2009 recipients are:

Tim Holland (Monash University)
Tim will travel to the Queensland Museum and the Western Australian Museum to examine fleshy-finned, tetrapodomorph fish fossils, the ancestral stock from which tetrapods (four-limbed vertebrates) are derived. He will compare them with Museum Victoria’s Gogonasus specimen to further his research into the evolutionary history of these fishes. Tim’s PhD thesis includes the first complete internal braincase description of a tetrapodomorph fish using an X-ray technique called micro-tomography.

Anna McCallum (University of Melbourne)
Anna’s scholarship will allow her to attend the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference to present her PhD work on the decapod crustacean biodiversity of the continental margin. She has also co-authored a report on this topic with Museum Victoria researchers Gary Poore and Joanne Taylor. Approximately 30% of the animals in her research are new to science, including two species of shrimp that she recently described.  In an environment that has scarcely been explored, her research will help to understand how and why diversity varies in the deeper parts of the ocean.

Cherie McKeich (Deakin University)
Cherie's Masters research explores Museum Victoria's Indian collections that were acquired from international exhibitions in the 1880s. This includes the economic botany collection presented by the Government of India after the Calcutta International Exhibition of 1883, and the collection of  ethnographic models displayed at the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880. Her scholarship will support her return to Kolkata to further investigate key material at the Indian Museum Archives, the National Library Archives and the Asiatic Society Library.

Zoe Squires (University of Melbourne)
Zoe will use her scholarship to purchase a powerful dive torch that will help her find Southern Dumpling Squid (Euprymna tasmanica) at night. Her PhD research examines the costs and benefits of multiple-mating strategies in this little known native squid species.


The next round of 1854 Scholarships will open in March 2010.


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