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Reaching new research heights

With support from WWF, a group of aspiring environmental practitioners will be advancing their careers and their contribution to science and research this year.

Three research fellowships and two scholarships have been awarded to post graduate students and in service professionals aiming to make valuable contributions to conservation and environment management.

WWF’s Research Fellowship connects students to real life environmental challenges. The research they will undertake, linked to WWF’s environmental goals, makes a significant contribution to our work and responses to these complex challenges. The fellowship also includes a financial award to cover course fees, the purchase of equipment, research related field work and living expenses.

Sheroma Surajnarayan from Pretoria, is planning her Masters degree in Conservation Biology with South African National Parks and the City of Cape Town. With a Marine Research Fellowship she will investigate the nesting and breeding patterns of the African penguin to inform conservation planning at the Boulders Conservation Area in Simonstown.

Loyiso Dunga from Cape Town is registered for a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Supported by a Marine Research Fellowship he is currently mapping and assessing kelp forests to better understand its role in improving marine ecosystems functioning and restoring marine fish stocks.

Michelle Lee, also from Cape Town, was awarded the Marine Research Fellowship to pursue a Masters degree in Marine Biology and has an interest in researching the use of cameras to monitor bycatch on fishing vessels that impact stock viability.

The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships provide financial support to individuals who wish to pursue short-term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country. Each scholarship empowers a dedicated environmental professional to build his or her capacity.

Dephney Thembisile Kabini, from Bloemfontein, was awarded one of the 2018 Prince Bernhard Scholarships. She has a Bachelor of Technology in Water Care. As part of her ongoing professional development, she will do a short course to help her improve water resource management in her current job at the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State to better secure benefits for people and the environment.

Sive Dingwayo, from Cape Town, was also awarded a Prince Bernhard Scholarship and is registered for a Master of Technology in Environmental Management. His proposed study seeks to explore the sustainable use of a particular plant species.
WWF awards Research Fellowships to Honours and Masters students, which contributes to WWF’s environmental goals.

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