5 September 2022

Most weed research has been focused on single weed species. However, the impact of multiple weeds within one site can be complex and managers need research to determine whether weeds help or hinder each other – and to make decisions on the order of weed removal without having unintended consequences on socio-cultural-ecological values.

This project will be aligned to an existing PhD project on multiple weed impacts in mānuka/kānuka ecosystems and will involve a combination of shadehouse experiments and fieldwork. There may be an opportunity to work with Māori growers and nurseries in the Bay of Plenty as part of the Bioprotection Aotearoa Centre of Research Excellence’s focus on ecosystem restoration underpinning community wellbeing.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within our larger, supportive research team. Training will include horticulture skill development in establishing and maintaining competition experiments with potted plants. Field skill development will include weed surveys (weed and native plant identification) and establishing sampling plots. The exact project will depend on the interests of the candidate.

Scholarship Amount

A total of $6000 tax free is available for each scholarship. Fortnightly payments will be made for the duration of the scholarship, with the final payment of $1000 on receipt of the approved student project report.

Application Process

Please download and complete the BA Summer scholar student application form 2022 (Word doc).  Send your completed application form, along with a CV and a Cover Letter detailing why you feel you wouldbe suitable for this position.

Email applications to Elena Johnson [email protected] before the closing date 23 September, 2022. 


Location:  Auckland
Institution: University of Auckland
Supervisor(s): Assoc. Prof. Margaret Stanley & Dr. Nick Waipara
Pou:  Pou 3: Nuku-a-rangi
Project: Project 3.2: Designing future forestry: native nuseries or invader incubators?
Application Form:  Download and complete the BA Summer scholar student application form 2022 (Word doc)
Apply to:  Email completed applications including a CV and Cover Letter to Elena Johnson [email protected]
Applications close:  Friday 23rd September 2022