Academy awards travelling fellowships to international researchers

September 21, 2017
 (from left) Dr Christina Kellogg, Professor Stefanie Dimmeler and Dr Graham Nugent 

Prominent international scientists  Dr Christina Kellogg, Professor Stefanie Dimmeler and Dr Graham Nugent have been awarded Australian Academy of Science Travelling Fellowships. The Fellowships foster the international exchange of scientific ideas and support lectures for the general public.

Professor Stefanie Dimmeler, a cell biologist based at Goethe University in Germany, has been awarded the Academy’s 2018 Selby Fellowship. Her research is focused on understanding the basic mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and vessel growth.

The Fellowship will see Professor Dimmeler based at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. From there she will present lectures in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Dr Christina Kellogg, a research microbiologist with the United States Geological Survey, has been awarded the 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship.

Dr Kellogg studies microorganisms within deep water coral ecosystems. As part of her Fellowship she plans to compare US deep sea coral samples with those found on the Great Barrier Reef to better understand bacterial organisms on coral reefs.

Dr Kellogg will work with coral reef experts at James Cook University, The Australian Institute of Marine Science, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and present lectures in Townsville, Brisbane and potentially also in either Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne.

Dr Graham Nugent, a wildlife ecologist with Landcare Research in New Zealand, has been awarded the 2018 Graeme Caughley Fellowship. His research is focused on the management, control, and eradication of introduced mammals in New Zealand, particularly deer, pigs, brush tail possums and rats.

Dr Nugent will travel to Canada, Mexico, Spain and the USA to collaborate on wildlife management and ecology in the fields of large scale mammal pest disease surveillance and eradication, primarily in relation to bovine tuberculosis.

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