Tauranga carbon capture researcher awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

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University of Waikato researcher Dr. Terry Isson has been awarded a prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Photo / Provided

The goal of understanding the deep history of the carbon cycle on earth and how or if it will work in the fight against climate change has won University of Waikato researcher Dr. Terry Isson a prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

Isson’s research to date aims to piece together a picture of climate regulation on Earth over its billion-year history, by studying the complex processes of the global carbon cycle.

This involves an examination of changes in the Earth’s climatic state both over large time scales and also during more specific climatic events and mass extinctions.

The Rutherford Fellowship means that this research into the role that silicate minerals play in regulating the natural carbon cycle can expand.

Above all, Isson aims to reconstruct the multi-billion year history of what natural carbon capture and release looks like.

“The fellowship will allow me to further investigate how the Earth’s coupled carbon-silicon cycle works – its efficiency, its response to climate change, and the role biology plays in returning carbon to the atmosphere.”

Another aspect of Isson’s research focuses on how silicate minerals can help absorb carbon directly from the atmosphere.

A partnership with Tauranga iwi Ngāti Pūkenga examined how dunite can be used on farmland to capture carbon and reduce emissions.

“I may consider exploiting other natural processes for large-scale carbon capture as well as intensifying my research on rock weathering.”

Isson’s two-pronged approach aims to reveal the potential of silicate minerals to help restore balance to Earth’s climate.

The weathering of silicate minerals, such as olivine, extracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while the formation of silicate minerals releases this carbon back into the air.

“It is time for us to radically reinvent the way we live on this planet.

“By combining field studies with new geochemical models and machine learning techniques, we can better understand how silicate minerals naturally regulate our climate, and then see what we can do to improve this process to combat climate change. climate change.

“This project will test the idea that we may be able to harness the power of silicate minerals to curb the escalation of planetary fever and potentially move closer to carbon neutrality.”

Keynote speakers from the World Avocado Congress will address the changing world of supply and demand

A stellar list of keynote speakers has been announced for the 10th World Avocado Congress in Auckland from April 2-5 next year.

Jen Scoular, Managing Director of NZ Avocado and Chair of the World Avocado Congress Committee, said the congress represented a unique opportunity for members of the avocado community from around the world to come together under one roof and ask questions about the risks and opportunities facing the industry.

“To answer some of these questions, we are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the convention.”

The list of keynote speakers includes International Fresh Produce Association Chief Executive Cathy Burns, Director of the Center for Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing at the University of New England in Australia, Professor Andrew Robson, and Senior Scientist of Plant & Food Research NZ and President of the Royal Society in New Zealand Brent Clothier.

The line-up also includes sustainability manager at NZ Trade and Enterprise Florence Van Dyke, partner at GAMA in Chile Francisco Mena Völker, former managing director of Zespri International and co-chair of Te Puna Whakaaronui – a food and fibers, Lain Jäger.

Sarah McLaren, Director of the New Zealand Center for Life Cycle Management, and Jen Scoular, Managing Director of NZ Avocado, are also keynote speakers.

“Speakers will address a wide range of relevant and thought-provoking topics vital to the changing world of avocado production and the sustainable growth of the global avocado industry,” said Scoular.

The theme of the 10th World Avocado Congress is Respectful: respect for people, respect for the environment and respect for our future.

Scion People Recognized for Excellence at 75th Anniversary

A Christchurch scientist whose pioneering research is making work safer for those on the front lines of forest and rural firefighting has been recognized by his peers at Scion.

Richard Parker received the Roger Newman Award for Excellence in Science or Engineering – one of 12 awards given to more than 30 Scion employees at the 2022 Crown Research Institute (CRI) Employee Recognition Awards.

The awards coincide with Scion’s 75th anniversary and celebrate not only individual scientific achievement, but also team success, respect for mātauranga Māori, and the values ​​of ingenuity, collaboration, excellence and manaakitanga that are at the heart of how Scion delivers impactful science for New Zealand.

Three other Scion Prize winners are among the nominees in three categories who will be recognized for their contributions at the 2022 Science New Zealand Awards to be held in Parliament on December 6. Scientists from the seven CRIs are represented.

Scion staff outside Te Whare Nui o Tuteata in Rotorua.  Photo / Provided
Scion staff outside Te Whare Nui o Tuteata in Rotorua. Photo / Provided

Dr Angelique Greene has been nominated for Science New Zealand’s Early Career Researcher category after becoming one of Scion’s most creative and productive emerging scientists since joining the Biopolymers and Chemicals team. Four years ago.

Scion’s CVC Biotech team has been nominated in the Science New Zealand Team Award category for working with a New Zealand company to accelerate production of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine prototype.

Scion Principal Investigator Dr. Mike Watt, whose distinguished scientific career spans more than two decades, is nominated for the Science New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year, Scion introduced a new category, Partnership with Three Hapū Award, to recognize individuals who have contributed to the partnership between Scion and Ngāti Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Taeotu and Ngāti Te Kahu o Ngāti Whakaue.

The prizes recognize the principles of Kawenata (MOU): whakapapa, rangatiratanga and manaakitanga. Marketing and Communications Manager Jenha Phillips, Mechanical Engineer Rob Whitton and Scion’s Te Ao Māori team took home the awards respectively.

Wharehuia Evans received the Recognition of Contribution to Māori Award for consistently seeking approaches and solutions to problems that suit both mana whenua and Scion, as well as evaluating ways to create significant impact for partners Scion’s whenua mana.

Rosie Sargent is this year’s Leadership Award recipient. She leads Scion’s High Risk Committee and interactions with Forest Growers Research’s Specialty Wood Products group.

Lead scientist Dr. Jianming Xue, whose research includes soil fertility and nutrient management, received the Scion Publication Success Recognition Award. He has published 72 peer-reviewed articles since 1996, which have been cited 1122 times.

Scion’s Zespri packaging team won the Industry/Stakeholder/External Customer Engagement award and UAV Operations Manager Peter Massam won the Health and Safety award.

The executive assistant team and Senior Events and Communications Advisor, Kylie Gunn, received the Enabling Scion Awards for “exceeding expectations” for Scion. The recipients of this year’s Scion Values ​​Awards went to Diego Elustondo, Kirsty Watt, Honey Estarija and Jo MacKenzie, with 2022 marking Jo’s 40th year of service with Scion.

Celebrity Cruises returns to Tauranga

Continuing its voyage on the first sail of the 2022-23 season, the luxury cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse was welcomed into Tauranga on Sunday October 30.

Guests on board left Sydney on October 22 for a 12-night round trip around New Zealand – the first of 17 sailings from Sydney and Auckland through April 2023.

Throughout the 2022-23 season, Celebrity Eclipse will run a series of three- to 13-night itineraries across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Celebrity Cruises also offered the opportunity to visit Te Puia.

MBIE releases first long-term business future briefing for Aotearoa New Zealand

The Department of Business, Innovation and Jobs has released its first long-term outlook briefing which explores the future of business for Aotearoa New Zealand across two trends, purpose-driven business and l use of blockchain technology.

Managing Director, Carolyn Tremain, said: “The briefing was enriched by a wide range of people who contributed their ideas, and we are very happy to share the final product.

The development of the Briefing included MBIE organizing a series of meetings and two public consultations. The team also focused on collaborating with subject matter experts, purpose-driven organizations, and business representative organizations.

“Purpose-driven enterprises refer to where companies balance profit with achieving a broader social and environmental good. Blockchain is a potentially disruptive technology and one that few people know about. There is also a general lack of understanding of the opportunity blockchain technology represents for business and how the technology itself can change over time,” Tremain said.

“We have seen that the way companies approach their role in society and how they organize themselves is changing. This provides new opportunities for government, business and communities to work together to address the great challenges of our time.

Briefings on the long-term outlook are to be produced every three years by the directors general of the ministries.

They do not contain political recommendations and are not influenced by the government in place.

They aim to provoke thought and spark debate by exploring issues that matter to New Zealand’s future.

The Briefing can be viewed on its website.

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