Environmental study attracts scholarship

by Anonymous Author

A Lincoln University student has been recognised for his environmental work.

James Ranstead, who is in the third year of a Bachelor of Science degree with a conservation and ecology major, has been awarded a Southern Environmental Trust Scholarship, given to students undertaking studies which relate to environmental management and planning.

The Southern Environmental Trust is run by the Rotary Club of Christchurch South. 

Mr Ranstead, who was president of the Lincoln Environment Organisation in 2016, said his environmental interests are broad.

“My knowledge, experience and interests are heavily based around conservation,” he said. “On my semester break I volunteered on a kokako translocation from Pureora Forest Park to Pirongia Forest Park.

“Recently, I coordinated a stoat trapping trip, and was also involved in great spotted kiwi monitoring and transmitter removal in the Nina Valley of the Lewis Pass.

“I am currently a part of the DOC Growing Voices team, where we are planning some conservation based events for youth in Canterbury, following on from our youth submission on the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Management Plan late last year,” he said.