University of Otago, New Zealand


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PM's Science Prize awarded to researchers

Friday 16 December 2011

Chemical and Physical Oceanography
Members of the Otago’s award winning Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography:
Dr Evelyn Armstrong, Dr Sylvia Sander, Associate Russell Frew, Professor Philip Boyd, Professor Keith Hunter, Dr Kim Currie

One of New Zealand's highest honours, the Prime Minister's Science Prize, has been awarded to Otago's Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography.

The centre, a collaboration between the University of Otago's Chemistry Department and NIWA, has been investigating how the ocean controls Earth's climate and evaluating ways to reduce greenhouse gases.

Co-director and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Hunter says the honour projects the centre onto the world stage. “It's the top prize in science in the country and it’s an outstanding award for science at Otago.”

He stresses that the partnership with NIWA has been crucial to their joint success since it began in 1996.

“The spirit of complementary collaboration has been there right through and has worked out very well.”

Principal scientist Professor Philip Boyd of NIWA is based in the Chemistry Department. He says the win was unexpected as there was impressive competition from more mainstream branches of science.

“Ocean science is a bit of a rarity, so we are thrilled and a bit surprised – it really hasn’t sunk in yet.

Read the full article on the University of Otago website.