Top UC researchers elected Fellows of RSNZ

29 October 2014

Two top University of Canterbury researchers - Professor Alison Downard and Professor David Schiel - have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Professor Alison Downard

Two top University of Canterbury researchers have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Professor Alison Downard (Chemistry) is an internationally acclaimed scientist working in the fields of electrochemistry, materials chemistry and surface science. She has
made pioneering discoveries involving the chemical modification of surfaces at
the nanoscale, leading to new electrodes with applications in energy storage
and conversion.

Professor David Schiel (Biological Sciences) is a marine ecologist and one
of New Zealand’s top marine scientists. His marine research covers aquaculture,
fisheries, and the diversity and functioning of coastal ecosystems. He is a
world expert on kelp forests and temperate reefs, such as those in New Zealand
and overseas environmental assessments of coastal developments.

Professor Downard and Professor Schiel are among 12 new Fellows announced today.

Chair of the Society’s Academy, Dr John Caradus FRSNZ, said being elected as a Fellow, “is an honour given to our top researchers for showing exceptional distinction in research or in the advancement of science, technology or the humanities”.

The Royal Society of New Zealand now has 399 Fellows. Fellows are involved in providing expert advice, promoting best and innovative research practice and disseminating information on the sciences and humanities.

 

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