Crid's role as Associate Dean Research is to support research across the Division of Sciences. She is available to assist with applications for research funding. Crid also represents the Division of Sciences on the University's Research Committee and the Divisional Research Infrastructure Governance Group of the Division of Health Sciences.
Ceridwen (Crid) is a researcher in the Marine Science department, and her work focuses on biodiversity dynamics of the high-latitude ecosystems of the Southern Hemisphere (the sub-Antarctic and Antarctica). Her group's research often combines molecular ecology (e.g. phylogenomics) with aspects of earth sciences (e.g. oceanography, geology, and spatial environmental modelling) to understand the processes that shape broad-scale patterns of biodiversity. She has, for example, studied the evolutionary impacts of volcanoes in Antarctica, and earthquakes in New Zealand, as well as the role of long distance dispersal of various organisms (including seaweeds, marine invertebrates, penguin parasites, and mosses) in biogeography. Crid did her PhD at Otago (2006–2009), but has also worked or studied at five other universities around Australia and Europe. She was an Associate Professor at the Australian National University, where she won several awards for her research at state, national and international levels, until 2019 when she returned to Otago to take up a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.
Kate has been a Research Advisor in the Division of Sciences since September 2005. Kate provides advice to academic staff regarding the development of research funding applications and the management of the subsequent research contracts.
Kate is responsible for Chemistry, Centre for Materials Science and Technology, Computer Science, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Education, Sport & Exercise Sciences, Physics, and Psychology.
Melanie joined the Sciences Division as a Research Advisor in July 2017. She provides advice to academic staff regarding the development of research funding applications and the management of the subsequent research contracts. Melanie is responsible for Botany, Geology, Marine Science, Surveying and Zoology.
Previously, Melanie worked in the USA and New Zealand as an academic research librarian since receiving her MA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) in 1999.
The Division of Sciences has a Research Strategy Group which meets on a regular basis. The group aims to break down the barriers between research disciplines, improving support and communication for Researchers, sharing best practice and improving the research culture within the Division. If you wish to contact the group please do so via Kate and Melanie.