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Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Horacio Brown

Where have you come from and what do you teach?
I worked at the Faculty of Forestry & Nature Conservation, Universidad de Chile since 1991. I did my B.Sc. Forestry at Universidad de Chile (1992), while my M.Sc. (1996) and Ph.D. (2007) at the University of Canterbury.  My teaching and research focuses on carbon, water and nutrient fluxes in forest ecosystems applied to sustainable forest management and ecological restoration.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
This is my second time as an Erskine fellow (2014, 2018), and I think the Erskine Programme provides a great opportunity to interact with colleagues, and explore and discuss new research and teaching ideas. Also to interact with other Erskine fellows and to open to new disciplines. Personally having a sabbatical in New Zealand, also provides me with the opportunity to benchmark my work identifying weaknesses and strengths, while also opportunities, which might be difficult to see while being at my home institution for a long time.

What have you been doing at UC?
At the moment, I’m teaching a three-week module about plant ecophysiology for the FORE219 course “Introduction to Silviculture”, and also interacting with postgraduate students at the School of Forestry. I’m co-supervising a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. student, and I’m interested to contribute towards refining their research ideas and the methods to test them while at the same time keeping them within the time frame of their studies.

Professor Bown (centre) with doctoral students Serajis Salekin (left) and Cristian Higuera (right)

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
I’m enjoying University life enormously; just to name a few, the interaction with colleagues and students, the coffee breaks, the interesting conversations and challenges, having more time to read the forestry literature and also reading in my leisure time, the time to share with friends, and last but not least, the time talking with my teenage daughter while cooking together.

 

 

Recent Erskine Programme Visiting Fellows – Semester Two

The Erskine Programme would like to  welcome more of our Semester Two Visiting Fellows.

Arrived 13 July:

  • Professor Mark Olver from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada will be visiting the Department of Psychology
  • Professor Stefano De Marchi from the University of Padova, Italy will be visiting the School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr Gabor Erdelyi from the University of Siegen, Germany will be visiting the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Associate Professor Amy Neel from the University of New Mexico, USA will be visiting the Department of Communication Disorders.

Arrived 14 July:

  • Professor Jacob Rose from Oregon State University will be visiting the Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Dr Natasha Hodgson from Nottingham Trent University, UK will be visiting the Department of History
  • Professor Toby Greany from University College London Institute of Education, UK will be visiting the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Arrived 15 July:

  • Professor Timothy Weihs from John Hopkins University, USA will be visiting the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor Richard Watson from The University of Georgia – Athens, USA will be visiting the Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Professor Carl Posy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel will be visiting the Department of Philosophy.

Arrived 19 July:

  • Dr Eujin Pei from Brunel University, UK will be visiting the School of Product Design.

Arrived 20 July:

  • Professor George Noblit  from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be visiting the School of Teacher Education.

We hope all our Visiting Fellows and their families enjoy their time at UC.

More Erskine Programme Arrivals for Semester Two

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome more of our Visiting Fellows who have arrived in the past two weeks:

  • Professor Daniel Schreier from Universitat Zurich, Switzerland arrived on the 3rd July and will be visiting the Department of Linguistics,
  • Distinguished Professor Ralph Miller from Binghamton University, USA arrived on the 8th July and will be visiting the Department of Psychology,
  • Professor Susan Masten from Michigan State University, USA also arrived on the 8th July and will be visiting the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering,
  • Associate Professor Ryan Whitby from Utah State University, USA arrived on the 9th July and will be visiting the Department of Economics and Finance,
  • Professor Don Hine from the University of New England, Australia also arrived on 9th July and will be visiting the Department of Psychology,
  • Professor Horacio Bown from the University of Chile, Chile also arrived on 9th July and will be visiting the School of Forestry,
  • Professor Christopher Bose from the University of Victoria, Canada arrived on the 10th July and will be visiting the School of Mathematics and Statistics,
  • Professor Aron Fenton from the University of Kansas Medical Center, USA also arrived on the 10th July and will be visiting the School of Biological Sciences,
  • Professor Gyan Nyaupane from Arizona State University, USA also arrived on the 10th July and will be visiting the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
  • Carola Fellenz Thompson from Splunk, Inc., USA arrived on the 11th July and will be visiting the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering,
  • Professor Sungdeok Cha from Korea University, South Korea also arrived on the 11th July and will also be visiting the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering,
  • Alastair McDonald from the University of Southampton, UK also arrived on the 11th July and will be visiting the School of Product Design,
  • Professor Lynne Hewitt from Bowling Green State University, USA also arrived on the 11th July and will be visiting the Department of Communication Disorders,
  • Professor Ehud Ronn from the University of Texas, USA arrived on the 12th July and will be visiting the Department of Economics and Finance,
  • Finally, Associate Professor Matthew Liberatore from the University of Toledo, USA also arrived on the 12th July and will be visiting the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

We hope all of our visitors and their families enjoy their stay.

UC Marine Scientist awarded prestigious fellowship

UC Distinguished Professor David Schiel was elected a Fellow at the annual meeting of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) of the United Kingdom earlier this year.

Prof. Schiel is the only New Zealand scientist to have been awarded the title of FMBA, which came at the behest and support of Professor Stephen Hawkins, a former Director of the Marine Biological Association, and a visiting Erskine Fellow at Canterbury University in 2017.

Professor Hawkins noted Prof. Schiel’s scientific contributions as one of the most prolific and internationally regarded rocky shore ecologists (for example, his work in Kaikōura following the 2016 earthquake), and was delighted that his achievements were recognised by the MBA.

Prof. Schiel visited the MBA in 2018 as part of an Erskine Fellowship, and was hosted there by Prof Hawkins.

Established in 1884, the MBA is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific associations in marine science worldwide, it has a rich history, and has seen many highly significant scientific discoveries at its Citadel Hill laboratory in Plymouth England.

Today, MBA scientists deliver an internationally-renowned programme of scientific research.  

Find more information on the Marine Biological Association here>