Big wins at Forestry awards

Congratulations to our UC students who won New Zealand Institute of Forestry awards last week.

The awards encourage and support forestry-related education, training and research through the provision of grants, scholarships and prizes; promoting the acquisition, development and dissemination of forestry-related knowledge and information and other activities.

A Future Forest Scholarship of $10,000 was awarded to Fei Guo, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury looking at the use of spectroscopy of cellulose and wood to predict growth-stress levels in standing trees and logs. This is a new award for the Foundation, made possible by a donation of $70,000 from the forest investment company New Forests.

The Otago/Southland Award of $1,500 went to Luke Holmes, a Bachelor of Forest Engineering Honours student at University of Canterbury whose research topic is the productivity of fully mechanised cable logging operations. He is studying a cable logging operation in Southland using an innovative method of cable logging.

Michael Pay, a second year Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury received the Frank Hutchinson Scholarship of $1,000 for a postgraduate student. Michael’s project is estate modelling of a multi species, multi-objective forest.

A University undergraduate scholarship of $1,000 was received by Morgan Scragg, a first year Bachelor of Forestry Science student at the University of Canterbury.

UC winners of the student poster competition held at the NZIF Conference were:

Okey Francis Obi, a PhD student at University of Canterbury, for a poster on the efficiency of logging crews (second prize of $500)

Michael Pay, a Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury for a poster on outcomes from management of a marginal hill country forest property (third prize of $200).

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