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Hamilton Kirikiriroa Medal Recipient – Dr Beverley Clarkson

Image of Mayor Southgate and Dr Beverly Clarkson, recipient of the Hamilton Kirikiriroa Medal

Before focusing on their individual efforts and achievements, it bears mentioning that Dr Beverley and Professor Bruce Clark are each nationally renowned for their contribution to the natural environment. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Combined, they have successfully sought millions in research funding, written hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, supervised more than 25 postgraduate students. They have also supported many community projects and environmental/conservation advisory organisations.

Individually and together, the Clarksons’ commitment to focusing on research that matters, and their dedication to making a difference, is truly inspirational.

Following the early work on New Zealand’s volcanic landscapes, Dr Beverley Clarkson established the New Zealand National Wetland Database, gathering data from over a thousand research plots.

Dr Clarkson has been a member of the Waikato Conservation Board. She is currently a member of the International Mire Conservation Group, the International Society of Wetland Scientists, and the National Wetland Trust. This incredible professional is well-known for her ‘best practice’ handbook on wetland restoration.

Alongside her role as an honorary lecturer at The University of Waikato, Dr Clarkson is a wetland plant ecologist at one of our region’s prominent science providers: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Hamilton. It’s here that she leads a Government-funded research project on the functioning and restoration of New Zealand wetlands.

We are proud to recognise Dr Beverley Clarkson’s work and achievements with the Hamilton/Kirikiriroa medal.

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