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Student assistance to attend ASBS conferences

Student assistance is available for most conferences of which the Australasian Systematic Botany Society is a sponsor. The amount available for student assistance is generally based on the early-bird student registration for the conference. Assistance will only be paid to student members of the Society who present either a talk or poster at the conference.

If you wish to apply for student assistance to attend an ASBS conference please download and complete an application form (Word document) and submit it to the Secretary at least 4 weeks prior to the conference.

ABRS National Taxonomy Research Student Travel Bursary Program

The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) offers small grants to Honours, Masters and Ph.D. students in Australian institutions who wish to travel to national or international conferences relevant to both the student’s research program in taxonomy or systematics and ABRS Research Priorities. Applicants must be enrolled at an Australian institution in post-graduate studies in taxonomy or systematics.

Evidence of registration at the Conference and evidence that a poster or oral paper presentation was submitted to the organisers of the conference must be provided to ABRS. This evidence can be provided upon submission of the application or must be provided to ABRS with submission of the final report, if it has not been provided at an earlier date.

Further information about the bursaries is available at:
http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/funding-and-research/bursaries/index.html

Opportunities

Some options for students are also posted on our 'Jobs & Opportunities' website, check it out.

Pauline Ladiges Prize

Pauline LadigesThe Pauline Ladiges Prize is awarded to the best oral presentation by a student at an ASBS conference. The prize is sponsored by CSIRO.

The Inaugural award was given in 2008.

The award is named in honour of Professor Pauline Yvonne Ladiges AO FAA in acknowledgement of her dedication to teaching, students and systematics. Pauline is a Professorial Fellow of the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne where from 5ffi€e 1992 to 2010 she was has been the Head of the School of Botany, The University of Melbourne. Professor Ladiges was appointed to a "Personal Chair" at the University of Melbourne in recognition of her scientific discoveries and leadership within the university.

She has published more than 120 scientific articles in refereed journals of international standing, published eight book chapters, edited four special volumes, co-authored two biology textbooks for secondary education, and co-edited and co-authored the first substantial Australian biology textbook used in tertiary institutions. These three books have won prizes for Best Australian Textbook and Awards for Excellence in Australian Publishing.

Her research is in the field of plant ecology (predominantly 1974-1982) and phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography (1983- present). She studies the evolutionary relationships and history of the Australian flora, particularly in relation to the botanical differentiation of geographic areas during the geological history of the continent. Lately Professor Ladiges and her research group have been elucidating the phylogeny of large Australian plant genera, including the eucalypts and acacias using molecular (DNA) and morphological techniques.

Pauline has had a distinguished career which has been recognised by a number of awards which include:

  • Awarded the Nancy T. Burbidge Medal by the Australasian Systematic Botany Society (2011)
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division (2009)
  • Elected Fellow Australian Academy of Science (2002)
  • Awarded Royal Society of Victoria 2005 Research Medal (biological sciences, non-human)
  • Awarded Australian Centenary Medal (2003)

The above is an extract from ASBS Newsletter 137: 4-5 (2008); 138: 21 (2009).

Recipients

Year

Recipient

Institution

Conference

Title of Presentation

Newsletter

Photo
2019 Helen Kennedy University of New England, New South Wales, Australia Wellington Revising Melichrus: a deep dive into the past, present and future of the urn heaths

181: 1

 
2018 Jessica Bruce Edith Cowan University, Western Australia Brisbane Reedia spathacea phylogeography and population structure

178: 1

 
2017 Elizabeth Joyce James Cook University, Cairns Adelaide Origins of the northern Australian flora: role of the Sunda-Sahul floristic exchange

173: 21

2016 Tim Collins University of New England Alice Springs Would you like a new species and a fertile hybrid with that? Eucalyptus magnificata is not just an endangered species

168–169: 1

 
2015 Ben Anderson University of Western Australia Canberra Using genotyping by sequencing to resolve the evolutionary relationships in a species complex of Australian arid zone grasses (Triodia)

165: 1

2014 Jessie Prebble Massey University and Te Papa Palmerston North, NZ The population genetics of rarity in New Zealand plants: a case study delimiting species in recent radiations using Myosotis (Boraginaceae) 161: 28  
2013 Kaylene Bransgrove Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University Sydney Mountain-top fungal endophytes of the wet tropics, Queensland: biodiversity, host specificity, biogeography and systematics 157: 22  
2012 Lalita Simpson Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University Perth Mind the gap: phylogeography and
taxonomy of the
Dendrobium
speciosum
complex
(Orchidaceae)
153: 3  
2011 ASBS Conference was held as part of the International Botanical Congress and no student prizes were offered
2010 Caroline Puente-Lelievre Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University Lincoln, NZ Crossing the ditch? Historical biogeography of the trans-Tasman Styphelieae (Styphelioideae, Ericaceae) 144–5: 18

2009

Mark Wallace

University of Western Australia

Armidale

Using flow cytometry to investigate ploidy distribution: an example from the Lepidosperma costale (Cyperaceae) species complex

141: 26

2008

Trevor Wilson

University of Sydney

Adelaide

Does traditional classification of Prostanthera dictate how pollination has evolved?

137: 5

Trevor Wilson

 

 

ASBS Poster Prize

The Poster Prize is awarded to the best poster presentation by a student at an ASBS conference.
The prize is sponsored by CSIRO.

Recipients

Year

Recipients

Institution

Conference

Title of Poster

Newsletter

Photo

2019

Francis Nge University of Adelaide, Australia Wellington Biogeography of Pomaderris (Rhamnaceae) across the ditch

 

 

2018

Helen Kennedy University of New England Brisbane Integrative taxonomic revision of Melichrus (Ericaceae)

 

 

2017

No Poster Prize awarded

2016

Charles Foster University of Sydney Alice Springs There goes Thecanthes: molecular systematics expands the circumscription of Pimelea

168–169: 1

 

2015

Charles Foster University of Sydney Canberra Estimating the evolutionary timescale of flowering plants using complete cp genome sequences

165: 1

2014

Sarah Wright University of Canterbury, New Zealand Palmerston North, NZ Connecting the dots: a population genetic study of the disjunctly distributed species Pittosporum obcordatum

161: 28

 

2013

Sook-Ngoh Phoon Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University Sydney How many taxa in the West Malesian Elaeocarpus polystachyus group? Evidence from morphometric analysis

157: 22

 

2012

Benjamin Anderson University of Western Australia Perth A revision of Rhynchotechum (Gesneriaceae)

153: 3

 

2011

ASBS Conference was held as part of the IBC and no student prizes were offered

2010

Austin Brown National Herbarium of Victoria and The University of Adelaide Lincoln, NZ Morphological comparisons in Lachnagrostis across the ditch

144–5: 18

2009

Bort Edwards

 

University of Queensland

Armidale

 

Drawing a line in the sand: differentiation between Melaleuca argentea and M. fluviatilis, two ecologically similar members of the broadleaf paperbark complex

 

141: 27

 

 

Bob Anderson Memorial Student Award

A student from a developing country who presents a talk or poster at the annual conference of the Australasian Systematic Botany Society is eligible for The Bob Anderson Memorial Student Award. This award is judged and awarded to an eligible student attending the conference and no application is required.

Recipients

Year

Recipient

Institution

Conference

2019

Raees Khan University of Adelaide, Australia Wellington

2018

Chapa Manawaduge Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Brisbane

2017

Rismita Sari James Cook University, Cairns Adelaide

2016

Isaac Kerr University of Adelaide Alice Springs

2015

Janet Gagul James Cook University, Cairns Canberra

2014

Hernan Retamales

Queensland University of Technology Palmerston North, NZ

2013

Joshua Buru

Queensland University of Technology Sydney

 

 

Previously-Offered Awards

Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award

The Australian Conservation Taxonomy Awards were designed to foster research by young scientists into important taxonomic problems that have significant implications for conservation in Australia. The Nature Conservancy created these awards, thanks to generous support from The Thomas Foundation. Awards were offered from 2012–2016, with support for plant systematics projects in 2012 and 2013 and with separate Botany and Zoology awards from 2014–2016.

Both the Botany and Zoology awards included $5000 toward research costs. The Botany award also included up to $2000 to assist with attendance at two ASBS conferences. Judging of awards was conducted by The Nature Conservancy with the assistance of the ASBS Research Committee (Botany Award) and Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (Zoology Award).

Past Australian Conservation Taxonomy Award Recipients

2016
Zoology award:

  • Danielle Stringer, The University of Adelaide, "Investigating the evolution and systematics of endemic Haloniscus isopods (Oniscidea: Scyphacidae) from arid zone groundwater-dependent ecosystems using next generation sequencing techniques".
Botany award:
  • Charles Foster, University of Sydney, "Using high-throughput sequencing to resolve the complicated evolutionary history of rice flowers (Pimelea: Thymelaeaceae)".

2015
Zoology award:

  • Kirilee Chaplin, The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria, "Taxonomy, ecology and conservation genetics of grassland earless dragons (Agamidae: Tympanocryptis spp.) in north-eastern Australia".
Botany awards:
  • James Clugston, RBG Sydney (enrolled at the University of Edinburgh), "Exploring new approaches for conservation genetics of Cycas calcicola Maconochie (Cycadaceae) in Australia".
  • Rachael Fowler, The University of Melbourne and RBG Victoria, "The genus Eremophila in Australia's arid zone: phylogeny and biogeography in South Australia".

2014
Zoology award:

  • James Shelley, The University of Melbourne, "The Kimberley Ark: assessing and conserving freshwater fish biodiversity in Australia’s last pristine river systems".
[Note: No botany applications were funded in the 2014 round.]

2013:
Botany award:

  • Lalita Simpson, James Cook University, "What is at risk? Phylogeography and taxonomy of orchids endemic to Queensland’s mountain top biodiversity hotspots".

2012:
Botany award:

  • Todd McLay, The University of Melbourne, "Classification, phylogeny and conservation of Xanthorrhoea in Western Australia".

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