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.
Professor Bruce Clarkson’s resume is equally impressive. Based at the University of Waikato (where he was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor), he currently leads a Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment-funded research programme – ‘People, Cities, and Nature.’ This programme focuses on restoring highly damaged or depleted indigenous ecosystems in cites.
Professor Clarkson was a key contributor to the New Zealand Biological Survey of Reserves and the New Zealand Protected Natural Areas Programme. He is also co-author of an independent review assessing progress on New Zealand’s Biodiversity Strategy. His research has had a direct impact on Hamilton’s gully restoration initiatives and the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park project near Hamilton Zoo.
In 2006, Professor Clarkson was awarded the Loder Cup, New Zealand’s premier conservation award. In 2016, he received the Royal Society of New Zealand Charles Fleming medal for environmental achievement. He is chair of the Australasian chapter and a board member for the International Society for Ecological Restoration. Professor Clarkson is also an ambassador for the New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.
We congratulate and take great pleasure in awarding Professor Bruce Clarkson the Hamilton/Kirikiriroa medal.