Up to three grants of £500 are offered annually to undergraduate or postgraduate students undertaking overseas field research as an individual or as part of a team.
The Henrietta Hutton Memorial Fund was established in 1964, in memory of Henrietta Hutton, née Cooke, a University of Oxford student of Lady Margaret Hall. Henrietta was a keen ornithologist, Chair of the Oxford Ornithologist Society and a founding member of the University of Oxford Women's Exploration Club.
Preference will be given to support field research with a significant geographical, social and/or environmental science, or natural history element. Applicants should be undertaking an independent field research project. This should be made clear in the application. Where the applicant is part of a larger, organised expedition it should be made clear how the applicant’s field research is distinct from that of the wider project. Applicants should show strong evidence of host country participation. The field research must last longer than four weeks, but does not have to be related to the student’s academic studies. Applicants must be registered at a UK Higher Education Institution.
Deadline: 3 February annually
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Natalie Anderson (University of York): 'Pemba Island’s Unexpectedly Resilient Reefs' (subject to final approval)
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to coral reefs globally, making it vital to identify and protect reefs which are better adapted or less vulnerable to thermal stress and ocean acidification so that they can be protected and managed. Preliminary studies suggest that the coral reefs of Pemba may be climate resilient due to the presence of cool-water upwellings along the western coast. This study examines the current status of these reefs by exploring the characteristics, mechanisms and processes which are making them unusually resilient, and restoration measures suited to this unique location.
Oliver Baines (University of Nottingham): 'Does geodiversity buffer biodiversity? Spatiotemporal geodiversity–biodiversity relationships in the Arctic' (subject to final approval)
The importance of geodiversity – the diversity of the abiotic environment – is increasingly being recognised within ecology. However, questions remain concerning which scales geodiversity acts at, and whether it can provide a buffering effect against biodiversity responses to climate change. This is particularly pertinent in the Arctic, whereby the impact of climatic changes may be mitigated in areas of higher geodiversity. Using fine-scale topographical, pedological, hydrological and geomorphological datasets from fieldwork and remote sensing across a network of tundra vegetation plots, geodiversity–biodiversity relationships will be assessed.
Download list of recipients 1964-2019
Grants of £1,500 for first year undergraduate geography students to participate in a fieldwork project.
Grants of up to £3,000 to help teams of students and researchers undertake overseas fieldwork.
An annual grant of £1,000 for a physical geography undergraduate or postgraduate student.
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