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Wellman Research Award

This award commemorates the huge contribution to New Zealand geology made by the late Harold Wellman. A sum of $4,500 is available for a geological or geophysical research project. The award will be based on a research proposal, with preference being given to a younger scientist.

 Nomination template link below.


1. To commemorate the contribution to New Zealand geology by Harold Wellman, the Society has established an award for the purpose of assisting quality New Zealand research in geoscience, especially by younger scientists. The capital sum for this award was presented to the Society by Joan and Harold Wellman in 1998.

2. A Deed of Gift between the Society and the Wellman family, dated 29th October 1998, sets out an agreement for the conditions of the Award. Any changes to the By-laws concerning the Wellman Research Award must be in accordance with this Deed of Gift.

3. The capital for the Wellman Research Award shall be invested prudently, and the interest earned shall be used as follows: at least one third shall be added to the capital sum, with the intention that the capital sum shall increase annually; up to two thirds may be available for a Research Award.

4. Applications shall be called for not more than once a year, and not necessarily every year, as decided by the Committee of the Society. Any interest that accumulates as a result of no award being made may, at the discretion of the Committee, be available for a Research Award in the following year, or may be added to the Capital sum.

5. The Committee shall advertise the availability of the Research Award in the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Newsletter.

6. An application for the Harold Wellman Research Award shall be a proposal to undertake specific research on any geoscience topic (including a topic that already has existing funding, provided that a specific objective is identified in the application).

7. The decision on making the Research Award shall be based on the calibre of the applicant and on the merits of the proposed research, with preference being given to younger scientists.

8. Selection of the successful applicant shall be made by the President of the Society after consulting such other persons as he/she feels appropriate. The decision is to be subject to the endorsement by the Committee. The Research Award may not be made to the President, a close colleague of the President, or any person who works in the specific research area of the President.

9. Apart from the conditions in paragraphs 5 to 8 (above), the selection process is to remain deliberately unspecified, in keeping with the express wishes of Harold Wellman.

10. The recipient of the Research Award will be expected to publish the results of the research in an appropriate scientific journal, and to publish a summary of the research findings in the Society's Newsletter.

11. The funds for the Harold Wellman Research Award shall be included in the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Awards Trust, but shall be accounted for and reported on separately from all other funds within the Trust.

12. (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 application form is here.
Date due is September 1.

Wellman Research Award recipients





Stephanie Junior
As to whether Au concentration, residence and mobility correlates to mantle chemistry, which may provide a new understanding of preferential emplacement of gold in Earth's crust.
James Veitch
To utilise 10Be concentrations in alluvial and dune sediments as a proxy for major catchment disturbance in the Ruamahanga catchment, Wairarapa, during the late-glacial to Holocene.
Rosie Cole
To experimentally reproduce interactions between deforming lava bodies and ice, to better understand processes involved with glaciovolcanic eruptions.
Jack Williams
Alpine Fault zone structure.
Eric Breard
Physical modelling of pyroclastic density currents.
Sarah Bastin
Palaeo-liquefaction research.
Paul Ashwell
Canterbury The collapse and inflation of erupting lava domes.
Felix Marx Otago Living & fossil baleen whales.
Greg De Pascale
Canterbury In-depth investigation to define the most recent dynamics of the Alpine Fault, the largest source of seismic hazard on the South Island.
William Ries Victoria Locating active faults in eroded landscapes (South Taranaki) by developing a GIS extension to digitally analyse various geomorphic features.


Alastair Clement


The geomorphic evolution of the lower Manawatu Valley, North Island.


Deborah Crowley


Late Miocene-Pliocene Rangiauria Breccia of Pitt and Mangere Islands, Chathams Island


no award made




Katherine Holt


Quaternary stratigraphy,Chatham Islands


Alex Winter-Billington


Hydrology and motion of Brewster Glacier


Philip Burge


Fossil beetles and timing of glaciation in New Zealand


Derek Birks


Volcanic events on SW flanks of Mount Taranaki


Richard Smith


Magma residence times by ion microprobe analyses of zircon