2016 Awards

Project Project ID Contact Investigator Institution Panel Funding (GST excl)
Blooming buddies: Explaining the co-existence of toxic and non-toxic strains in algal blooms 16-CAW-002 Dr J Puddick Cawthron Institute EEB  $        300,000
Early birds: insights from the fossil record into the evolutionary and ecological histories of shorebirds. 16-CTM-001 Dr VL De Pietri Canterbury Museum EEB  $        300,000
A new approach to studying Legionella mobility and persistence in engineered water systems 16-ESR-001 Dr L Pang Institute of Environmental Science and Research EIS  $        830,000
Exposing New Zealand’s hidden faults: Strain distribution across the South Island’s faulted crust 16-GNS-006 Dr IJ Hamling GNS Science ESA  $        300,000
Methanotroph’s dirty little secret: they are not metabolically monogamous! 16-GNS-035 Dr CR Carere GNS Science CMP  $        300,000
In one end out the other: using ancient dung to reconstruct the transformation of prehistoric island ecosystems by invasive rats 16-LCR-001 Associate Professor JM Wilmshurst Landcare Research EEB  $        830,000
Reindigenising the Biosecurity System 16-LIU-011 Dr A Black Lincoln University SOC  $        300,000
Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families 16-MAU-023 Dr LS Liu Massey University SOC  $        300,000
‘A Union of Hearts and Wills’? Second World War Conscription and New Zealand Society 16-MAU-028 Dr DC Littlewood Massey University HUM  $        300,000
Exploring Māori Social Justice Concepts 16-MAU-034 Dr KPM Watene Massey University HUM  $        300,000
Playing dice with Fermi: Full configuration interaction quantum Monte Carlo for fermionic superfluids 16-MAU-073 Professor J Brand Massey University PCB  $        870,000
Hearing the Difference: New Strategies for Listening in Contemporary Politics 16-MAU-097 Dr EJ Beausoleil Massey University SOC  $        300,000
Why fly when you can walk? Genetic pathways to flightlessness 16-MAU-107 Dr GC Gibb Massey University CMP  $        300,000
“The land has eyes and teeth”: customary landowners’ entanglements with economic systems in the Pacific 16-MAU-113 Professor RA Scheyvens Massey University SOC  $        735,000
Corals, currents, and phytoplankton: Reconstructing 3000 years of circulation and marine productivity in the world’s largest ocean gyre 16-NIW-021 Dr HL Neil National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd ESA  $        850,000
The ocean vacuum-cleaner: Salp effects on the marine carbon cycle 16-NIW-025 Dr MR Decima National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd EEB  $        300,000
Active submarine landslides ride on gas pockets 16-NIW-027 Dr JJ Mountjoy National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd ESA  $        870,000
PilVax: a novel peptide delivery strategy for the development of vaccines 16-UOA-016 Associate Professor TK Proft The University of Auckland BMS  $        825,000
Does rapid evolutionary adaptation to temperature heat up the role of consumer body size in ecosystems? 16-UOA-023 Dr KS Simon The University of Auckland EEB  $        675,000
Coronary blood flow survives the heartbeat: How? 16-UOA-029 Professor NP Smith The University of Auckland EIS  $        830,000
Welfare capital and the new welfare state: A comparative study of privately financed welfare services in the Anglophone world 16-UOA-030 Dr T Baker The University of Auckland SOC  $        300,000
Semiconductor Catenation using Catalysis 16-UOA-042 Dr EM Leitao The University of Auckland PCB  $        300,000
Symmetry, group structure, algorithms and representations 16-UOA-043 Professor MDE Conder The University of Auckland MIS  $        500,000
Geometric structures critical for analysis and physical theories 16-UOA-051 Professor AR Gover The University of Auckland MIS  $        525,000
Stop or go? Unravelling the mechanisms behind lymphatic vessel patterning. 16-UOA-054 Dr JW Astin The University of Auckland BMS  $        820,000
A fire in the belly of Hineāmaru – Ngāpuhi distinctiveness 16-UOA-063 Dr MJ Webber The University of Auckland SOC  $        300,000
Dependence Logic and Its Applications 16-UOA-084 Dr MJ Hannula The University of Auckland MIS  $        300,000
Novel Decomposition Techniques for Multiobjective Optimisation 16-UOA-086 Dr A Raith The University of Auckland MIS  $        300,000
Sight unseen: penetrating the enigma of unconscious vision. 16-UOA-101 Associate Professor AJ Lambert The University of Auckland EHB  $        675,000
Power Politics: Electricity and Sustainability in Post-Disaster Ōtautahi (Christchurch) 16-UOA-118 Associate Professor SD Matthewman The University of Auckland SOC  $        630,000
Implicit Language Aptitude: How to Learn a Second Language Unconsciously 16-UOA-119 Dr S Li The University of Auckland EHB  $        300,000
Mum, you are what your babies make you! 16-UOA-123 Professor LW Chamley The University of Auckland CMP  $        800,000
Naturally biased? Exploring neuropeptide signal pathway bias in neurons. 16-UOA-143 Dr CS Walker The University of Auckland CMP  $        300,000
Advanced mathematical and cryptographical tools for software protection 16-UOA-144 Professor SD Galbraith The University of Auckland MIS  $        590,000
Making receptors fly: using mass spectrometry to reveal mechanisms of G protein-coupled receptor function 16-UOA-175 Professor DL Hay The University of Auckland CMP  $        810,000
Measuring in vivo activity in the prefrontal cortex and its link to Autism Spectrum Disorders 16-UOA-182 Dr JE Cheyne The University of Auckland BMS  $        300,000
Power to the People? Investigating the Politics and Resilience of Community Energy Initiatives in New Zealand, the UK, and Denmark 16-UOA-185 Dr JL MacArthur The University of Auckland SOC  $        300,000
Beyond the Jury Paradox: Collective Decision-Making without Common Priors 16-UOA-190 Dr S Lippert The University of Auckland EHB  $        705,000
Māori, Pasifika Youth and Justice: International Comparisons 16-UOA-225 Dr RD Webb The University of Auckland SOC  $        695,000
Determining the potential of the corneal Transition Zone as corneal endothelial transplants 16-UOA-227 Dr J Zhang The University of Auckland BMS  $        300,000
New Methods of Panel Data Forecasting Applied to New Zealand’s Property Market 16-UOA-239 Dr RT Greenaway-McGrevy The University of Auckland EHB  $        705,000
A Law Beyond Democracy: The Insulation of Private Law from Democratic Change 16-UOA-242 Dr A Rosen The University of Auckland HUM  $        300,000
Nano-containers for signals to cells – when and where they are needed 16-UOA-246 Dr J Malmstrom The University of Auckland EIS  $        300,000
Spectacles in a bottle: Pharmacological regulation of the physiological optics of the ocular lens 16-UOA-251 Professor PJ Donaldson The University of Auckland CMP  $        810,000
The making of Maori society: an archaeological analysis of social networks and geo-political interaction. 16-UOA-261 Professor TN Ladefoged The University of Auckland EHB  $        705,000
Melt inclusions as a ‘window’ through the crust: What drives the most productive region of silicic volcanism on Earth? 16-UOA-267 Dr SJ Barker The University of Auckland ESA  $        300,000
Understanding internal communication within proteins 16-UOA-269 Dr JM Johnston The University of Auckland PCB  $        870,000
Genomes, phenotypes and fossils: integrative models of species evolution 16-UOA-277 Professor AJ Drummond The University of Auckland EEB  $        830,000
Ancient Futures: Late 18th and early 19th century Tongan arts and their legacies 16-UOA-281 Dr PS Herda The University of Auckland HUM  $        530,000
Understanding the geometry of dynamics: invariant manifolds and their interactions 16-UOA-286 Professor HM Osinga The University of Auckland MIS  $        590,000
New Optical Sensors for Geophysical Applications 16-UOA-296 Professor NGR Broderick The University of Auckland EIS  $        830,000
The mechanics of mitochondrial derived peptides (MDP) 16-UOA-313 Dr TL Merry The University of Auckland BMS  $        300,000
New Phosphors for White Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) 16-UOA-318 Dr SF Huang The University of Auckland EIS  $        300,000
Why don’t orchid pollinators go extinct? A new mechanism for the maintenance of coevolutionary relationships 16-UOA-321 Dr AC Gaskett The University of Auckland EEB  $        300,000
Opening Nature’s vaults: speleothem archives of volcanic eruptions 16-UOA-333 Professor JA Baker The University of Auckland ESA  $        870,000
Quantifying the importance of non-additive competition in diverse natural plant communities 16-UOC-008 Associate Professor DB Stouffer University of Canterbury EEB  $        795,000
A new paradigm for organelle targeting 16-UOC-009 Professor AJ Fairbanks University of Canterbury PCB  $        870,000
Brain inspired on-chip computation using self-assembled nanoparticles 16-UOC-057 Dr SK Bose University of Canterbury EIS  $        300,000
What is the Southland accent? 16-UOC-058 Dr L Clark University of Canterbury HUM  $        530,000
Counting the number and distribution of planets in the Galaxy. 16-UOC-063 Associate Professor MD Albrow University of Canterbury ESA  $        870,000
New methods for imaging biological macromolecules using x-ray free-electron lasers 16-UOC-069 Professor RP Millane University of Canterbury EIS  $        830,000
Unique Acoustic Signatures to Diagnose Impending DOOM (Dysfunction Of Osteo-Mechanics) 16-UOC-076 Dr GW Rodgers University of Canterbury EIS  $        300,000
An Artificial Algebra for Implicit Learning of Mathematical Structure 16-UOC-079 Professor RC Grace University of Canterbury EHB  $        705,000
Drinking for two: Central resetting of water balance in pregnancy and lactation 16-UOO-005 Professor CH Brown University of Otago BMS  $        825,000
Remembering together: Collective memory and collective intentionality 16-UOO-016 Dr KH Michaelian University of Otago HUM  $        300,000
The origins and development of pre-European contact musical instruments in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Rekohu and Rangiaotea (Chatham and Pitt Islands). 16-UOO-045 Dr JA Cattermole University of Otago SOC  $        530,000
Unraveling the key role of cytochrome bd oxidase in antimicrobial lethality in tuberculosis 16-UOO-061 Professor GM Cook University of Otago BMS  $        825,000
Bones under pressure. How does the skeleton sense gravity? 16-UOO-071 Professor SP Robertson University of Otago BMS  $        825,000
Becoming master of your destiny: insights into genome activation from nuclear structure 16-UOO-072 Associate Professor JA Horsfield University of Otago CMP  $        810,000
Acute Mental Health Wards: Therapeutic Spaces or Stigmatising Places ? 16-UOO-088 Dr GLS Jenkin University of Otago SOC  $        300,000
Do glaciers drive diversity? Using ancient DNA to retrace the history of New Zealand’s biodiversity 16-UOO-096 Dr NJ Rawlence University of Otago EEB  $        300,000
Epigenetics and Evolutionary Theory 16-UOO-106 Professor HG Spencer University of Otago EEB  $        825,000
How does the Earth stop Global Warming? Testing climate stabilisation during ‘hyperthermal’ events. 16-UOO-110 Dr MO Clarkson University of Otago ESA  $        300,000
Splitting up the farm? A cross-cultural history of land and inheritance in Aotearoa 16-UOO-112 Dr JM McCabe University of Otago HUM  $        300,000
Digging into the biggest explosive submarine eruption ever “seen” to understand seafloor volcanism 16-UOO-134 Professor JDL White University of Otago ESA  $        855,000
Parasitic Puppeteers – How do They Pull the Strings? 16-UOO-152 Professor NJ Gemmell University of Otago EEB  $        830,000
Optical Network-on-Chips (ONoCs): Architectures and Routing Algorithms for Ultra High-Throughput and Energy-Efficient On-Chip Communications 16-UOO-164 Dr YC Chen University of Otago MIS  $        300,000
The genes of life and death: a role for placental-specific genes in cancer? 16-UOO-178 Professor MR Eccles University of Otago BMS  $        825,000
Uncovering the physiological roles of the multiple NDH2 in bacterial genomes 16-UOO-185 Dr Y Nakatani University of Otago CMP  $        300,000
Quit or persist? The neural mechanisms of forfeit behaviour 16-UOO-190 Dr KL Hillman University of Otago EHB  $        705,000
Why do inbred males fire blanks? Unravelling the relationship between inbreeding and infertility 16-UOO-199 Dr HR Taylor University of Otago EEB  $        300,000
In vivo gene editing with CRISPR to define estrogen feedback in the brain 16-UOO-201 Professor AE Herbison University of Otago BMS  $        825,000
Silencing unwanted expression in molecular circuits using naturally evolved solutions 16-UOO-207 Professor CW Ronson University of Otago CMP  $        750,000
A green approach to denitrification of water 16-UOO-216 Dr AL Garden University of Otago PCB  $        300,000
Hypothalamic Inflammation: Cause of leptin resistance and obesity? 16-UOO-233 Dr A Tups University of Otago BMS  $        795,000
Growth factors mediating prolactin-induced neurogenesis in the adult brain 16-UOO-236 Professor DR Grattan University of Otago CMP  $        810,000
The dating game of loanwords: linguistic and sociolinguistic characteristics influencing loanword usage 16-UOW-015 Dr AS Calude University of Waikato HUM  $        300,000
Macromolecular rate theory (MMRT) and the catalytic power of enzymes 16-UOW-027 Professor VL Arcus University of Waikato PCB  $        870,000
Using New Zealand’s divaricate plants to test a new hypothesis about the evolution of anti-browsing defences 16-UOW-029 Dr CH Lusk University of Waikato EEB  $        830,000
While you were sleeping: Nap-dependent emotional memory processing in infants 16-UOW-061 Dr S Seehagen University of Waikato EHB  $        300,000
Counting our Tūpuna: Colonisation and Indigenous Survivorship in Aotearoa NZ 16-UOW-064 Associate Professor TH Kukutai University of Waikato SOC  $        735,000
From parasitism to mutualism: symbiosis interaction states and the adaptability of reef corals to climate change 16-VUW-002 Associate Professor SK Davy Victoria University of Wellington EEB  $        830,000
East Side Orchestras: Music, Poverty, and Social Change 16-VUW-028 Dr L Gibson Victoria University of Wellington SOC  $        300,000
Citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand: Young people, belonging and changing times 16-VUW-030 Dr BE Wood Victoria University of Wellington SOC  $        300,000
Probing the optical absorption of molecules adsorbed on metallic nanoparticles 16-VUW-035 Professor EC Le Ru Victoria University of Wellington PCB  $        840,000
Testing for Fishing-Induced Evolution using DNA from Ancient and Modern Snapper 16-VUW-040 Dr PA Ritchie Victoria University of Wellington EEB  $        830,000
The missing link: A traceless linking strategy for the conjugation of complex carbohydrates to proteins and peptides 16-VUW-050 Dr MSM Timmer Victoria University of Wellington PCB  $        870,000
War and peace in the Nursery: How do young children negotiate conflict to establish belonging and well-being in a multi-ethnic NZ early childhood centre? 16-VUW-053 Professor MC Dalli Victoria University of Wellington SOC  $        735,000
‘Woe is me’: women and complaint in the English Renaissance 16-VUW-057 Dr SCE Ross Victoria University of Wellington HUM  $        450,000
Dimension reduction for mixed type multivariate data 16-VUW-062 Dr I Liu Victoria University of Wellington MIS  $        550,000
Nanostructuring in iron-based wires for ultra-high current density 16-VUW-063 Dr SV Chong Victoria University of Wellington EIS  $        720,000
Automatic Design of Heuristics for Dynamic Arc Routing Problem with Genetic Programming 16-VUW-079 Dr Y Mei Victoria University of Wellington MIS  $        300,000
A ‘Big Data’ Approach to the Problem of Electoral Turnout 16-VUW-100 Professor J Vowles Victoria University of Wellington SOC  $        635,000
Mapping the Cosmic Web with the Murchison Widefield Array 16-VUW-104 Associate Professor M Johnston-Hollitt Victoria University of Wellington ESA  $        870,000
Finding the needle by removing the haystack: modeling diffuse foregrounds to detect the Epoch of Reionization 16-VUW-105 Dr QC Zheng Victoria University of Wellington ESA  $        300,000
Large-scale Evolutionary Feature Selection for Classification 16-VUW-111 Dr B Xue Victoria University of Wellington MIS  $        300,000
The origin of UV photoprotection in the brown skin pigment eumelanin 16-VUW-115 Dr JM Hodgkiss Victoria University of Wellington PCB  $        870,000
On the theory of distribution-free tests for statistical hypothesis and unitary operators in functional spaces 16-VUW-124 Professor EV Khmaladze Victoria University of Wellington MIS  $        585,000
The Mathematics of Computation 16-VUW-131 Professor RG Downey Victoria University of Wellington MIS  $        565,000
Distributed Processing with Information Privacy in Sensor Networks 16-VUW-140 Professor WB Kleijn Victoria University of Wellington EIS  $        790,000
The Mysterious Disappearance of Tuuaahu 16-VUW-145 Associate Professor JD Sissons Victoria University of Wellington HUM  $        390,000
Stretching the celluloid ceiling: women’s creative agency in the emergent Pacific film industry. 16-VUW-156 Dr PT Stupples Victoria University of Wellington SOC  $        300,000
Establishing natural baselines of glacier variability in a warm world 16-VUW-171 Dr SR Eaves Victoria University of Wellington ESA  $        300,000
Fractionating face blindness: Creating a taxonomy for developmental prosopagnosia 16-VUW-175 Dr T Susilo Victoria University of Wellington EHB  $        300,000
Ngā Takahuringā ō te ao- The effect of Climate Change on Traditional Māori Calendars 16-VUW-177 Dr PL Harris Victoria University of Wellington SOC  $        720,000
Constituent Power and the Law 16-VUW-193 Dr I Colon-Rios Victoria University of Wellington HUM  $        420,000
Children’s understanding of shared knowledge and its importance for effective communication 16-VUW-204 Dr A Martin Victoria University of Wellington EHB  $        300,000

 

You can download an Excel spreadsheet of these results, including abstracts of all projects, here: 2016 Marsden Fund Awards (Excel 2007, 97 kB)

Last updated 17:08 3/11/2016