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Marsden Fund panels

Definitions of panels and details of panel members

There are ten discipline-based assessment panels which make funding recommendations to the Marsden Fund Council.  The panels are made up of researchers who are experts in their field. They are appointed by the Royal Society Te Apārangi after being recommended by the Fund Council and usually serve for a maximum of three years.

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Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

Research related to human health and disease in: physiology, pathology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology; neurobiology (including animals as a model species for humans); human genomics and related bioinformatics.

 

NameInstitution
Associate Professor Julia Horsfield (Convenor) University of Otago 
Dr Jacqui Keenan University of Otago
Dr Megan Maher La Trobe University
Dr Jonathan Marshall Massey University
Professor Robin McAllen University of Melbourne 
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Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology (CMP)

Studies related to understanding the activities that occur in cells and tissues, and their integration within living organisms across the biological, agricultural and veterinary and biochemical sciences. This includes: plant physiology; animal physiology; cell biology; plant and animal genetics; molecular biology and molecular genetics; functional genomics and related bioinformatics; microbiology excluding microbial ecology; animal and plant pathology.

 

NameInstitution
Professor Richard Newcomb (Convenor) Plant & Food Research 
Dr Kevin Davies Plant & Food Research
Dr Helen Fitzsimons Massey University
Associate Professor James Murphy Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Professor Anthony Poole The University of Auckland
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Earth Sciences and Astronomy (ESA)

Including: geology; geophysics; physical geography; oceanography; hydrology; meteorology; atmospheric science; earth sciences; astronomy and astrophysics; also cross-disciplinary topics which include substantial components in some of these areas.

 

NameInstitution
Professor Richard Easther (Convenor) The University of Auckland 
Professor Warrick Couch
Australian Astronomical Observatory
Professor Cliff Law NIWA/University of Otago 
Professor David J Prior University of Otago
Associate Professor Mark Quigley University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza University of Canterbury
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Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (EEB)

Studies related to the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, evolution and behaviour. This includes: animal, plant and microbial ecology; biogeography; biodiversity; phylogenetics; systematics and evolution; population biology and genetics; animal behaviour; physiological plant ecology; biostatistics and modelling. Note that proposals seeking to establish the molecular basis of processes or traits are better sent to CMP or BMS panels, unless they materially concern the evolution of those processes or traits.

 

NameInstitution
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Professor Corey Bradshaw Flinders University
Associate Prof Elissa Cameron University of Canterbury
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Dr Vonda Cummings NIWA
Professor Peter Dearden University of Otago
Professor Phil Lester Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Nic Rawlence
University of Otago
Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther Plant and Food Research
Dr David Whitehead Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research 

 

Economics and Human and Behavioural Sciences (EHB)

Including: economics; psychology (experimental, cognitive, neuro-); cognitive science; cognitive linguistics; archaeology; physical anthropology; business studies; commerce; management studies; marketing; communication science and demography.

 

NameInstitution
Professor Jarrod Haar (Convenor) Auckland University of Technology
Professor Fiona Alpass Massey University 
Professor Ananish Chaudhuri  The University of Auckland
Professor Gail Pacheco Auckland University of Technology 
Professor Richard Walter University of Otago 
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Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS)

Including: fundamentals of engineering (biomedical, bioprocessing, civil, chemical, electrical, electronic, environmental, materials, mechanical and robotics); and cross-disciplinary research relating to engineering.

 

NameInstitution
Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase (Convenor) University of Canterbury 
Dr John Vedamuthu Kennedy GNS 
Professor Peter Pivonka Queensland Institute of Technology
Professor Cather Simpson
University of Auckland
Associate Professor Tim Woodfield University of Otago
Professor Mathieu Sellier University of Canterbury
Dr Alys Clark University of Auckland
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Humanities (HUM)

Including: English; languages; history; religion; philosophy; law; classics; linguistics; literature; cultural studies; media studies; art history; film.

 

NameInstitution
Professor Cynthia White (Convenor) Massey University
Associate Professor Alex Calder University of Auckland
Professor Paul Clark University of Auckland
Associate Professor Vijay Devadas Auckland University of Technology
Professor Jeanette Kennett Macquarie University
Professor Jacinta Ruru University of Otago
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Mathematical and Information Sciences (MIS)

Including: pure mathematics; applied mathematics; statistics; operations research; logic; computer science; information systems; and software engineering.

 

NameInstitution
Professor Gillian Dobbie (Convenor) University of Auckland
Professor Andrew Bassom University of Tasmania 
Professor Jörg Frauendiener​  University of Otago
Associate Professor Igor Klep University of Auckland
Professor Stephen MacDonell

Auckland University of Technology / University of Otago

Professor Charles Semple University of Canterbury 
Professor Scott Sisson University of New South Wales
Associate Professor Peter Strazdins Australian National University
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Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry (PCB)

Including: materials science; physics; chemistry; biophysics, chemical biology and biochemistry.

 

NameInstitution
Professor Penny Brothers (Convenor) University of Auckland
Associate Professor David Barker University of Auckland
Dr Carla Meledandri University of Otago 
Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop University of Queensland 
Associate Professor Andrew Sutherland-Smith Massey University
Professor Rachel Webster University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Nigel Lucas University of Otago
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Social Sciences (SOC)

Including: sociology; Māori studies; indigenous studies; sociology; social, developmental, organisational, community and health psychology; social, cultural and human geography; social anthropology; education; urban design and environmental studies; public health; nursing; public policy; political science; socio-linguistics; architecture.

 

NameInstitution

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley (Convenor)

Massey University
Dr April Henderson Victoria University of Wellington
Associate Professor Ruth McManus University of Canterbury
Associate Professor Rachel Zajac University of Otago 
Professor Robyn Longhurst  University of Waikato
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Social Sciences Fast-Start Panel

Because of the large numbers of applications to the Social Sciences panel in previous years, preliminary Fast-Start SOC proposals will be assessed by a second panel. Proposals invited to the full application round will be assessed along with the Standard proposals by the full Social Sciences panel.

 

NameInstitution
Dr Allen Bartley University of Auckland
Professor Samuel Charlton University of Waikato
Associate Professor Sara Kindon Victoria University of Wellington
Associate Professor Tamasailau Suaalii University of Auckland
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Potential Panellists

The Marsden Fund secretariat at the Royal Society Te Apārangi maintains a list of potential panellists. If individuals wish to signal their availability to serve on a Marsden Fund Panel in 2018 or beyond, they should contact Dr Rachel Averill at the Royal Society Te Apārangi with their contact details, affiliation, a clear preference for which panel they would be suitable for, and ideally a link to their institutional web page.