Awards And Recognition - June 2016


Awards offer a range of benefits and recognition. At HIE, we recognise the excellence and talents of our researchers and students as they build professional profiles in research collaborations.


Dr Brendan Choat Awarded Time At Australian Synchrotron

Water flow in tomato stems

Brendan was awarded time at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne to conduct imaging tests that non-destructively image water flow in vessels of plants. Access to beam time is a competitive process and this time means that Brendan can have costs of three days' of imaging covered.

Dr Jonathan Plett Sponsored For Science At The Shine Dome 2016

Science At The Shine Dome

The Australian Academy of Science sponsored Jonathan to attend this year's Science At The Shine Dome in Canberra as an Early-Mid Career Researcher.

This provided an excellent development and networking opportunity for Jonathan.

Dr Kelly Hamonts Awarded Sugar Research Australia Travel Grant

Kelly was awarded travel funding from Sugar Research Australia to attend the American Phytopathological Society’s annual meeting in Tampa, Florida, USA. Kelly will present her research conducted for the project "A novel polyphasic framework to resolve the Yellow Canopy Syndrome paradox".

Jules Wright Wins Chris Russell Medal of Excellence Award

Former BSc Honours student Jules Wright won the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence award. Coordinated by the AG Institute Australia, the award is open to undergraduate students who are completing their agriculture, natural resource management and/or animal science studies and are undertaking a research project as part of their studies.

Chris Todd Wins The Prestigious 2016 F.G. Swain Award

The Hawkesbury Foundation awarded its prestigious annual prize to Christopher Todd with funds to support his PhD research project about the ecology and conservation of the critically endangered Christmas Island flying fox. This flying fox faces a number of threats - destruction of its forest habitat reduces the availability of roosting sites and the animal is hunted by man for food.

Guomin Huang Awarded China Research Scholarship

Former HDR student Guomin Huang awarded a China Scholarship Council PhD award, moving directly into a position as Lecturer in China. Guomin's recently compledted PhD was titled "Differential response to climate change among populations for woody plant species: An ecological and physiological approach".

Johanna Wong Awarded 2016 Val Williams Prize For Botany

Congratulations to student Johanna Wong on receiving the annual Val Williams Scholarship In Botany from the Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd. This year, Johanna is the prize’s sole recipient. Johanna’s project is titled "Developing metabolic 'biomarkers' for the early diagnosis of Armillaria root rot in eucalypts of the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland".

James Ryalls Awarded 2015 John Cairney Award

James has been awarded the HIE’s 2015 John Cairney Award for Outstanding Student Publication. This award is given annually to a published student paper that is chosen as the best publication of the HIE HDR cohort in one year.James Ryall's article was about insect-plant interactions below and above-ground under predicted CO2 and elevated temperature conditions, published in the Journal of Botany in February 2015.

Deane Woruba Wins Two Plant Biosecurity CRC Sponsorships

PhD student Deane Woruba has won two sponsorships by Plant Biosecurity CRC: first, to travel to Kansas State University, USA, to attend the Plant Biosecurity in Theory and Practice course/workshop from 23-27 May 2016. Second, Deane has been invited and sponsored to give a talk about his PhD research results at the upcoming Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia and Oceania (TAAO) 2016 Conference at the University of Putra, Malaysia.

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