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
All prospective grant applicants are encouraged to read our Advice and Resources pages, which include more information about the grants programme, its conditions, how to apply for a grant and what is expected if your application is successful. Please read this information carefully and send your application, or any enquiries, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jasmine Brown (University of Glasgow): 'Investigation into the abundance, distribution, richness and evenness of invertebrates in several habitat types'
This study aims to expand on previous invertebrate data collected in Iceland. Arctic invertebrates are an essential part of northern ecosystems due to their roles in soil nutrient cycling, pollination, decomposition and linking terrestrial and aquatic environments. Arctic invertebrate populations are in decline and are particularly susceptible to climate change. Further baseline information on the distribution, relative abundance, species richness and evenness of arctic invertebrate information is essential to understand how invertebrate communities may be affected by anthropogenic threats and how this can be compensated through conservation efforts.
Holly Elgar (University of Essex): 'Conducting baseline assessment for new seagrass conservation area'
This project will collate field data on seagrass distribution and species richness/abundance off the Vanga coastline, with the aim to provide a baseline assessment to be used to help implement a locally managed protected area for this ecosystem. This is in addition to the existing and well established Mikoko Pamoja project in Kenya, and the fieldwork for this project will focus on characterising the seagrass meadows in the Vanga province.
Aavika Dhanda (University of Oxford): 'Evaluating the impacts of land-use land-cover changes on eastern Indian Himalayan birds'
Land-use land-cover change severely impacts forest-dependent birds by altering vegetation and microclimate. The effects are expected to be more prominent in tropical mountain areas which are centres of tremendously high biodiversity, yet often understudied. Using field data, I aim to investigate how changes in vegetation structure, microclimatic conditions, and human-induced disturbances due to land-use land-cover change shape bird diversity and community patterns in eastern Indian Himalaya (Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh), a global biodiversity hotspot. The project will expand our existing knowledge on Himalayan species and their environments. This is the first comprehensive study on birds of Dibang Valley.
Dominic Phillips (University of Southampton): 'Investigating the effects of fragmentation and environmental change on tropical montane Lepidoptera'
Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) play a crucial role as pollinators, providing an important ecosystem service in the habitats they reside within. Furthermore, they can act as bioindicators due to their vulnerability to changes in the environment coupled with their reliance on a host-plant species. This has contributed to them being used to predict changes in a variety of ecosystems since they are very widespread and fill a host of ecological niches. By investigating how habitat fragmentation and environmental changes effect communities of moths we can determine how best to mitigate biodiversity loss in Peninsular Malaysia.
Sophie Plant (University of Glasgow): 'Investigating intraspecific variation in geochemical tracers of past bleaching in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System'
Mass coral bleaching events - the large-scale breakdown of the algal-coral symbiosis in response to prolonged high sea surface temperatures - threaten the functional diversity of coral reef ecosystems. This project aims to reconstruct past bleaching events and contribute to our understanding of coral resilience and recovery prospects under future climate change. Individual colony-scale variability will be investigated by different geochemical tracers recorded in the coral skeleton. Short-core samples will be taken from single colonies on the Belize Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in collaboration with local NGOs, then brought back to the University of Glasgow to undergo growth rate and isotopic analyses.
Natalie Anderson (University of York): 'Pemba Island’s Unexpectedly Resilient Reefs'
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' (awarded but unable to take up)
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.
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An award of £1,000 to support a team of second year undergraduate geography students undertaking fieldwork overseas.
Grants of up to £3,000 to help teams of students and researchers undertake overseas fieldwork.
Grants of £1,500 for first and second year undergraduate geography students to participate in a fieldwork project.
An annual grant of £1,000 for a physical geography undergraduate or postgraduate student.
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