Post-graduate Scholarship

Coastal Restoration Trust Post-graduate Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funds to assist with an individual’s post-graduate level research to improve knowledge in the field of coastal restoration. The scholarship is usually $2,000 plus expenses to travel and present at the annual Coastal Restoration Trust Conference.

For the next round applications are due on 31 January 2024 at the latest. Here is more information about the scholarship and you can download the application form in Word or PDF.


  • 2024 Sanne Vaassen, Waikato University.
  • 2023 Madeleine Brown, The University of Otago.
  • 2022 Alasdair Hall, Massey University.
  • 2021 Cassandra Newman, Auckland University of Technology. Using Historic Satellite and 3D UAV Imagery to Map the Dynamics of the Coast at Sites with Anthropogenic Debris in Southland, New Zealand - Thesis summary. For full thesis check our database or [Enable JavaScript to view protected content].
  • 2020 Cate Ryan, Auckland University of Technology.
  • 2019 Boonyanuj (TK) Yukate, Lincoln University.
  • 2017 Aidan McLean, Victoria University. Histories and Mechanisms of Change in the Development of Shore Platforms at Kaikōura and Rodney, New Zealand: Application of Cosmogenic Nuclides and Numerical Modelling on Exposed Coastal Surfaces
  • 2016 Johannes Fischer, Victoria University. South Georgian Diving Petrel/ Whenua Hou Diving Petrel: Nest selection, Artificial nests, New Species, Pest Control, Lizards and diving petrel burrow correlation, A tale of two taonga, Year-round offshore distribution, behaviour, and overlap with commercial fisheries, Translocations
  • 2015 Shane Orchard, University of Canterbury. Coastal & Marine Citizen Science in New Zealand, Development of a fine-scale salinity model for the Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai
  • 2014 Michael Fake, Lincoln University. Unmanned Aerial System derived Multi-Spectral Imagery for the Monitoring of Coastal Dune Plant Communities
  • 2013 Renee Johansen, University of Auckland. unformatted versions or abstracts: Scattered far and wide: A broadly distributed temperate dune grass finds familiar fungal root associates in its invasive range, A coastal sand dune in New Zealand reveals high arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity, A native and an invasive dune grass share similar, patchily distributed, root-associated fungal communities
  • 2012 Susanne Krejcek, University of Wellington. Direct and indirect interactions of native and introduced species in coastal habitats