Royal Society Teacher Fellowships

Graeme Worner, Royal Society Teacher Fellow 2008

Recipients of the Royal Society Teacher Fellowships


Susan Yardley, 2012

Susan developed an online key to various species found at the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve in Christchurch.

For each of the plants, algae, invertebrates, mammals, lizards & birds included in the guide there are images and a factsheet, as well as an indication of their place in the ecosystem's food web.

You can learn more about this key, and access it on the Landcare Research Site button below.

Go to Landcare Research

Sue Pearch, Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti, 2008

The Styx Web

Peter Cooper, Christ's College, 2008

Brooklands Lagoon - Past, Present & Future. A Sedimentation Study

Graeme Worner, Christ's College, 2008

How do salt marshes age? Temporal and spatial changes in structure and composition. 

Studies conducted at Brooklands Lagoon.

Also completed during this fellowship was a publication, that can be downloaded below in the related research section:

The Salt Marsh Plants of Brooklands Lagoon, An identification guide.

Willem C van den Ende, Burnside High School, 2007

Bill van den Ende, Head of the Biology Department at Burnside High School, was awarded a New Zealand Sciences, Mathematics and Technology Fellowship administered by the Royal Society of NZ.

This meant that for one year Bill left the classroom behind and worked in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council and the Styx Living Laboratory Trust to complete an aquatic vegetation and environmental survey of the Styx River.

The data generated was then statistically analysed and the findings used to determine the most suitable management options for the river. Once this work is completed it will form a model for similar surveys of the Avon and Heathcote rivers and their tributaries.

One of Bill’s tasks was to identify sites that can be used for future monitoring of macrophytes in the Christchurch area and to develop methodology for community monitoring programmes.

The definition of a macrophyte being, “any plant that can be seen with the unaided eye, such as aquatic mosses, ferns, liverworts, or rooted plants.”

Community volunteers are needed to continue the work by regularly collecting data in order that comparisons and changes can be recorded and analysed.

Bill explains that after 30 years teaching science in the classroom this was a wonderful opportunity for him to do some “hands on practical research that will bring benefit to the community.”

The final document for this fellowship, Freshwater Aquatic Macrophytes in Christchurch Waterways, may be downloaded in the related research section below.

Julia Tu'ineau, 2002

The Styx Living Laboratory

Margaret Yorke, Middleton Grange, 2000

Creation of learning programmes for school waterway restoration projects

The Styx Living Laboratory Trust has actively supported teachers who are interested in applying for a Royal Society Teacher Fellowship in, or associated with, the Styx catchment.

This Scheme is funded by the Government and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand. It offers primary, intermediate and secondary teachers the opportunity to improve their teaching through experience in technological, scientific or social sciences practice.

During their fellowship, teachers fully immerse themselves into the discovery of knowledge or the transformation of it into useful products or systems and, as a consequence, become more skilled in the communication of sciences and technology.

More information about the programme can be found at the Royal Society of New Zealand website 

If you are interested in applying for a teaching fellowship, fulfil the requirements of the Royal Society, and would like to work in the Styx catchment, please contact the Styx Living Laboratory Trust Secretary.

Royal Society Funds & Opportunities

Contact SLLT Secretary