A young Science PhD student’s study of biodiversity has been given a boost thanks to the generosity of a corporate donor that recognises the importance of libraries in research.
Caitlin Kuempel from the UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science is the first recipient of the Taylor and Francis Group Library Excellence Award in Research. The award recognises the excellent use of library resources in progressing research.
As well as prize money Ms Kuempel receives personalised library assistance to maximise the impact of her research, including a metrics report and a strategy for publishing in high impact journals.
Caitlin’s thesis aims to differentiate the relationship between protected area expansion and other objectives, such as management of the protected areas or representing the full range of habitats and species, to determine how we can achieve greater outcomes for biodiversity.
Chair of the Selection Panel and Director of Learning and Research Services Ms Heather Todd was impressed with the calibre of applicants.
“It was a strong pool of candidates and we enjoyed reading about how each of the students was using the Library to progress their research,” Ms Todd said.
“Caitlin stood out as she had used a wide range of Library services and she had taken what she had learned and shared it with her fellow PhD students.”