Image courtesy of Tanith Hackney-Huck
University of Sheffield Zoology undergraduate student Tanith Hackney-Huck is one of two students to be awarded the Henrietta Hutton Research Grant in 2018. These grants were founded in 1964 in memory of Henrietta Hutton, née Cooke, a keen ornithologist, Chairperson of the Oxford ornithologist Society and a founding member of the University of Oxford Women's Exploration Club. Up to three grants of £500 are given every year to undergraduate or postgraduate students undertaking overseas field research as an individual or part of a team.
Tanith's grant supported her involvement in a fieldwork project investigating the impacts of selective logging on avian biodiversity in Borneo. Based at the Danum Valley Field Centre in the Malaysian state of Sabah, and working closely with Dr Suzan Benedick and research students from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Tanith's fieldwork involves sampling the understorey bird communities in primary and logged forests using mist-netting. The data she has helped collect will form part of a four-year study on avian demographics and species resilience in response to logging, and will address questions around how much habitat quality can be maintained and restored in selectively logged areas, and whether protecting selectively logged forest is an effective conservation strategy. She returns to the UK in September.
Find out more about funding for student fieldwork
From 2020, the Peter Smith Award of £1,000 will be awarded biannually as part of our Geographical Fieldwork Grants.
28 October 2019
Our 2019 Geographical Fieldwork Grant recipients are heading out into the field to begin their summer fieldwork.
10 July 2019
Dr Maria Beger from the University of Leeds has received this year’s Ralph Brown Expedition Award to explore whether subtropical coral reef ecosystems could be a refuge for tropical coral communities.
3 April 2019
The Society’s annual Explore weekend - an unmissable opportunity to gain advice, inspiration and contacts for your own research project or expedition - is fast approaching . Early Bird discounts end on 15 October.
12 October 2018
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