Established in 2022 by the University of Otago Council from a generous donation by Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark, the Marks' Ecology Award was created to support promising University of Otago students undertaking Ecology research.
The Marks' donation honours the original contribution to the Ecology Fund in 1966 by M J and B J Marples, former staff members of the Departments of Biochemistry and Zoology respectively, along with the other donors, alumni and friends who have continue to make contributions to the Ecology Fund.
The Award supports attendance of conferences or workshops, field and lab work expenses, and visits to overseas research institutes.
Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark are esteemed members of the University of Otago community. Lady Patricia held numerous volunteer and board roles through the local community and was recognised for this service with a Queen's Service Order in 2002. Sir Alan, a revered academic, teacher and environmentalist, has been a staunch advocate for protecting Aotearoa New Zealand's precious environment for decades and was a founding member of the Save Manapouri Campaign. His life's work was acknowledged through numerous awards, and culminated in his acceptance of the Distinguished Companion of the Order of Merit in 2009, thereby becoming a Knight Companion.
Applicants must be:
- a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand Residence Class Visa Holder
- enrolled fulltime in a Doctoral, Masters, Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Science research programme in Botany, Ecology, Marine Science or Zoology. Enrolment in a Master's research programme includes students undertaking a coursework programme with a research component worth 40 points or more