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Sea-level rise paper wins top award

Environment and Climate

GNS Science’s Dr Georgia Grant took out the 2020 Hatherton Award, from Royal Society Te Apārangi, for her paper on sea-level variability during the Pliocene Epoch, which was published in Nature in 2019.

The Hatherton Award is presented for the best scientific paper by a PhD student at any New Zealand university, across a range of physical, earth, and information sciences.

Her paper, ‘The amplitude and origin of sea-level variability during the Pliocene epoch’, includes research from coring sediments from the Whanganui Basin to recreate a picture of sea-level three million years ago – the last time Earth was 2°C warmer than current conditions.

Dr Grant is honoured to have been recognised for her achievement, how well-received her paper was globally, and to be published in Nature.

“Nature is the top scientific journal in the world, and to have been published in it so early in my career is so encouraging to me. It tells me I’m on the right path."

“Paleoclimate research plays an important role in understanding the current climate crisis.”

Dr Grant’s research was made possible with funding from the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant. Her PhD was completed at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Image caption: Dr Georgia Grant holds her Hatherton Award certificate. Credit: Royal Society Te Apārangi

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