A love of all things eel has seen a Hamilton freshwater fisheries ecologist scoop one of the top prizes at the National Insitutue of Water and Atmospheric (NIWA) Excellence Awards announced in Auckland last night.
Ecologist Jacques Boubee received the Science Communication Excellence Award for his research into freshwater eels and the communication of this body of knowledge and his passion for eels to the wider community.
He is universally acknowledged for his expertise on freshwater eels and is central to NIWA’s “tuna training workshops” – an initiative that transfers knowledge to the public about eels living in community streams.
Three other Hamiltonians were also honoured at the awards ceremony.
John Quinn, programme leader for Freshwater and Estuaries was given the Applied Science Excellence Award for using freshwater research to guide policy-makers in management of water issues.
His role in helping freshwater policy and resource management is enviable and includes applying 20 years of research into forestry impacts on streams to help develop New Zealand’s environmental standards for forestry, being lead author of the Waikato River Scoping Study and helping work out competing interests in water storage and irrigation in Canterbury, Southland and Waikato.
Drew Lohrer, group manager for marine ecology, Hamilton, was runner up in this category for his leadership and being a role-model within the successful Hamilton Marine Ecology Team.
Geoff Latimer, IT projects manager, Hamilton, received the Support Services Excellence Award for managing the migration from Novell to Microsoft without NIWA needing to stop operating.
The project was likened to performing a heart transplant on a marathon runner while he was running.
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