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A South African Researcher is awarded a SCAR Fellowship

Dr Ryan Reisinger, a marine mammalogist and a SANCOR (South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research) post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University  (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa has been awarded a Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) 2016 Fellowship, announced today at the SCAR Open Science Conference being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week.

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SCAR Fellowship awardees on display in Kuala Lumpur

The Fellowships are worth up to US$15 000 each.  Fifty-five applications were received and four fellowships were awarded.  SCAR has been offering scientific fellowships to early career scientists since 2005. “The Fellowships support the scientific goals of SCAR … to develop and promote best practice in managing the support to Antarctic science. The Fellowships enable the early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.”

Ryan undertook his MSc and PhD field work on Marion Island  studying Orcas or Killer Whales Orca orca with the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria.  In 2012 his MSc won him the South African Academy of Science and Art Junior Captain Scott Memorial Medal (click here).  See a list of Ryan’s publications here.

John Cooper, Principal Investigator, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 23 August 2016

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