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Pullar-Vucetich Prize

The prize shall be awarded to the author or co-authors of the most meritorious contribution to tephrochronological research in the New Zealand region published in the previous 3 years. Tephrochronological research shall be deemed to include its applications in any field of science, such as archaeology, geomorphology, oceanography, paleobotany, petrology, soil science, stratigraphy, neotectonics, wherein tephra studies are used to elucidate past events.

Nomination template link below.

Rules

1. To commemorate the pioneering work of William Alexander (Alan) Pullar (1912-1982) and Colin George Vucetich (1918-2007) in the study of volcanic ash layers and their use in dating past geological events and landscapes (tephrochronology), the Society has instituted an award known as the Pullar-Vucetich Prize ("the Prize"). Initial funds for this prize were donated by family and colleagues of Alan Pullar and Colin Vucetich for this specific purpose.

2. The prize shall be awarded to the author or authors of the most meritorious contribution to tephrochronology research in the New Zealand region published in the previous three years. Tephrochronology research shall be deemed to include its applications in any field of science, such as archaeology, geomorphology, oceanography, paleobotany, petrology, soil science, stratigraphy, and/or neotectonics, wherein tephra studies are used to elucidate past events.

3. The Prize shall consist of an inscribed certificate together with a book or books with suitably inscribed bookplates, the total value of which shall be determined from time to time by the Committee of the Society. A monetary amount may be substituted where, in the opinion of the Committee of the Society, it would be impractical to award a book prize.

4. The funds of the Pullar-Vucetich Prize shall be accounted for in the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Awards Trust and administered separately from other funds in the Awards Trust.

5. The Prize shall not be awarded more frequently than once every two years, nor more than once to any one person. No prize shall be awarded if, in the opinion of the Awards Subcommittee, no suitable contribution has been published.

6. The award shall be announced, and if possible presented, at the Annual General Meeting, or Annual Conference, of the Society.

7.

(a) Any income, benefit or advantage shall be applied to the charitable purposes of the Awards Trust funds;

(b) No member of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand (Inc.) or any person associated with a member shall participate in or materially influence any decision made by the organisation in respect of the payment to or on behalf of that member or associated person of any income, benefit or advantage whatsoever;

(c) Any income paid shall be reasonable and relative to that which would be paid in an arm's length transaction (being an open market value);

(d) The provisions of subclauses (a)-(c) above shall not be removed from this document and shall be included and implied in any document replacing this document.

The nomination template is here.
Due date September 1.

Pullar-Vucetich Award recipients

Year

Person

From

For work on

2018
Magret Damaschke
Massey University
Tephrostratigraphic research into the eruptive history of Mount Taranaki.
2016
Jenni Hopkins
Victoria
A new way for identifying cryptotephras in lacustrine sediment cores.
2012
Natalia Pardo Massey Reconstructing the largest explosive eruptions of Mt. Ruapehu.
2010 Michael Turner Macquarie University Oxidation states in titanomagnetites to distinguish the different eruption styles of Mt Taranaki.  

2008

Maria Gehrels

Plymouth University

Cryptotephras in northern New Zealand.

2006

Brad Pillans

ANU

Pleistocene silicic tephras of Wanganui Basin

2004

Alan Palmer

Massey

Onland and offshore tephra studies

2002

Vicki Smith

Auckland

Okataina Volcanic Centre

2000

Dennis Eden

Palmerston North

Multi-sourced distal tephras and landscape evolution, eastern North Island

1998

Shane Cronin

Massey

Tephra identification and Ruapehu and Tongariro ring plains

1996

Susan Donoghue

Massey/HKU

Tephrostratigraphic work on style of prehistoric eruptions, Mt Ruapehu

1994

Brent Alloway

Auckland

Tephrostratigraphy and chronology of the Taranaki and Wanganui regions

1992

Phil Shane

Victoria

Plio-Pleistocene tephrostratigraphic correlations in southern North Island

1988

No award made

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1986

David Lowe

Waikato

Quaternary tephrostratigraphy of the Waikato Basin