OceanaGold has two research opportunities available for University of Otago students or recent graduates this summer (preferably Dec-Feb) or possibly early Autumn (subject to agreement). $5K for each project; 8-10 weeks anticipated duration. Would suit 3-year student or recent graduate.
1. Generation of a biodiversity database. This would require becoming familiar with some freeware (Biota), and then obtaining data from reports and consultants to upload into Biota. At the end of this project good to not only get the data base but for the researcher/student to provide some training to OceanaGold staff on its use.
2. A Field Guide to Biodiversity of Significance at Macraes. Starting with Birds but, time permitting other fauna and flora, prepare a field guide for use by Macraes Staff.
There is a certain amount of overlap between these two projects, so if it is two students then it is likely they will work together. As part of the work they will need their own computer, and would not have access to OceanaGold’s system. They would also need to sign an NDA.
Please contact Mara Wolkenhauer directly at the University of Otago Research and Enterprise Office if interested.