ARC researchers do it again! A fourth Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

ARC researchers do it again! A fourth Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

Dr Huw Horgan, a senior lecturer in the Antarctic Research Centre and School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences is among a small group of emerging New Zealand scientists to receive a highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Huw Horgan

Dr Huw Horgan, a senior lecturer in the Antarctic Research Centre and School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences is among a small group of emerging New Zealand scientists to receive a highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Huw is one of three Victoria University of Wellington researchers from the Faculty of Science who have each been awarded funding of $800,000 over five years. All ten fellowships were announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, which are designed to support future leaders in the New Zealand science and innovation system by encouraging their career development and enabling them to establish a solid track record in their field of expertise.

Huw's research will investigate the processes that allow the rapid flow of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet into the world’s oceans.

“Using remote sensing, geophysical methods and direct access, we will examine the conditions at the base of the ice sheet that will determine the rate and magnitude of sea level rise over the coming centuries.

“I feel immensely privileged to receive this fellowship, and excited about the opportunity to undertake the research.” says Huw.

Professor Mike Wilson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Victoria’s Faculty of Science, says the awards are a significant achievement.

“It is immensely satisfying to see these researchers being supported to reach their potential, and make a contribution to New Zealand. It’s also fantastic national recognition of the calibre of scientific research capability at Victoria.”

Huw is now the fourth recipient of a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship within the ARC, joining Nancy Bertler, Rob McKay, and Nick Golledge who were awarded their fellowships in 2011, 2013, and 2015 respectively.

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