The Lydia Press Memorial Fund - Interactive Location Map of Awarded Fieldwork Bursaries

Please click on the map points below to find out more information on each fieldwork project...

 

2016

Applications to apply to the Fund for 2016 are now closed; please keep refering back to this website for more information on future opportunities. Visit the Fieldwork Bursaries page for more information.

 

2015

Thomas Pienkowski - Thomas is undertaking a MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at the Central European University. His project explores the strength of the relationship between ecosystem service degradation and self-reported life satisfaction in Belize. For more information on Thomas' project click here. To view Thomas' project blog click here.

Shelby Matevich - Shelby's project focuses on the demographical and structual dynamics of Cape Mountain Zebra [Equus zebra zebra] sub-populations, with the intention of improving the future management of the animals. For more information on Shelby's project click here.

Mariana Mata Lara - Mariana has a BSc from the Autonomous University of Mexico in the Sustainable Management of Coastal Zones and is now undertaking a MESPOM MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management. Her project will identify the key features that have helped two Marine Protected Areas [the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in California and the Reserva de la Biósfera del Vizcaíno in Mexico] become successful. For more information on Mariana's project click here.

Jessica Gámez Trentanni - Jessica is from Venezuela and had a background in Chemical Engineering before undertaking the MESPOM course. Her project evaluates the social, political and technical feasibility of implimenting D4field technology for water pathogen removal in the Indigenous 'Cuncani' Community in Peru. To view Jessica's project blog click here.

Isabela Martins Machado - Isabela has a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasília and is undertaking a MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management. Her project focuses on rural poverty in Mozambique by evaluating sustainable small-scale agriculture as a rural development driver. For more information on Isabela's project click here. To view Isabela's project blog click here.

 

2014

Joel Gill - Joel is a postgraduate researcher at King’s College, London working on geo-hazards for his Ph.D. Geology for Global Development is a student-led organisation working to raise the profile of geoscience in development issues. The LPMF provided funding for Joel and some other GFGD members to travel to Ladakh and attend an international symposium on geohazards, as well as provide some basic education to local school children through workshops about geohazards in the region. For more information on Joel's project click here. Geology for Global Development (GFGD) website

Manavi Bhardwaj - Manavi is a MSc MESPOM student whose project evaluates the role of non-formal education in sustainable sheep farming in Lesvos, Greece. For more information on Manavi's project click here.

Jonathan Shawyer - Jonathan has a BSc in Human Sciences from Magdalen College, Oxford and is enrolled on the MESPOM Programme. The aim of his project is to improve conservation management by modelling the flow of resources across the border of a National Park in Kenya.

 

2013

Juliette Dixon - Juliette is from France and is completing a MSc in Economic and European Affairs. Her project focuses on whether gender has an impact on climate vulnerability in informal settlements situated in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information on Juliette’s project click here.

Sarah Beckham Hooff - Sarah is completing Environmental Studies at the Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA. Her project explores the visual opinions of the wind development conflict in the north Aegean. For more information on Sarah's project click here.

Manase Elisa Pallangyo - Manase has a BSc in Wildlife Management and is completing an MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at the University of Manchester and Central European University. His project assesses if water extraction is harmful to the watershed and ecological integrity in Arusha National Park in Tanzania. For more information on Manase's project click here.

Emily Djock - Emily has a BSc in Zoology and Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin, USA. Her project evaluates the use of invertebrates as bioindicators in Table Mountain National Park, South Africa.

 

2012

Mauro Ciriminna - is from Italy and has a BSc in economic development and international cooperation and worked on development projects in Romania, Spain, Croatia and Ecuador before undertaking the MESPOM course. His project concerned sustainable forest management practices in Peru. For more information on Mauro's project click here.

Zelalem Abate - is from Ethiopia where he obtained BSc in biology and MSc in dryland biodiversity before joining the MESPOM course. His project concerned the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on amphibians in the Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.

Saee Haldule - is from India and obtained a BSc in social sciences from Ritsumeikan University, Japan before joining MESPOM. Her research concerned seed networks in the Indian state of Maharashtra. For more information on Saee's project click here.

Lisa Lamb - is from the USA and obtained a BSc in biological sciences from University of California, Riverside, before joining MESPOM. Her research concerned seed rain assesment as part of long-term reforestation monitoing at the Cloud forest School, Monteverde, Costa Rica. For more information on Lisa's project click here.

 

2011

Emily Charlotte Dowding-Smith - is from New Zealand and studied for a Masters in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) at Central European; Lund and Aegean Universities. Emily has always had a strong interest in Latin America and for her project she travelled to Cuba to undertake a case study on the role that seeds play for urban gardeners and growers in the country. For more information on Emily’s project click here.

Emma Nicholson - Emma undertook this project when a third year undergraduate in Earth Science, at Oxford University. Emma investigated the eruptive behavior at Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. The aim of her project was to simultaneously compare seismic data with proxies for eruptive activity at both shallow levels and at depth within the conduit. For more information on Emma’s project click here.

Eva Kopataki - Eva studied for a Masters in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) at the Central European University in Hungary. She is also concurrently studied for a Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at Copenhagen University. Eva studied the environmental impacts on running water quality as a result of the sludge that was released from the depository of the Ajka Aluminium plant in Hungary. For more information on Eva’s project click here.

Rebecca Colvini - Rebecca studied for a Masters in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) at Central European University, Budapest. She also has a BSc in Geography. Rebecca investigated and assessed the current levels of soil contamination at selected sites proximate to Akja Aluminium plant via ICP-MS. She planned to determine the potential for leachate/metals mobilization from the soils, and the resultant effects this could have on groundwater quality via sequential extraction. For more information on Rebecca’s project click here. To view Rebecca's detailed powerpoint presentation on her project click here.

 

2010

Akua Addo-Boadu - Akua is from Zambia and studied Biology and Botany in Ghana, and studied the MESPOM course at CEU, Budapest. For her project she studied human-wildlife conflict in Ghana in relation to proposed ecotourism development by rural communities fringing national parks. For more information on Akua’s project click here.

Monica Coll Besa - Monica Coll Besa from Spain studied environmental sciences in Spain and Norway and studied on the MESPOM course at CEU, Budapest. For her project she studied local attitudes to dealing with climate change in rural Tanzania. For more information on Monica’s project click here.

Alvin Chandra - Alvin studied environmental science in Fiji, Australia and the USA and studied on the MESPOM course in Budapest. For his project Alvin studied governance issues in adaptation for climate change by small island developing states, using the Nadi River Basin (and its recent catastrophic flooding) in Fiji as a case study. For more information on Alvin’s project click here.

Jesse Eckert - Jesse is from Canada studied at the University of British Colombia and was a MESPOM student based in Lund. For his project Jesse studied the concept of RPT (Rural Premium feed-in Tariff) in developing electricity supply to rural areas of Tanzania. For more information on Jesse’s project click here.

Pragya Shrestha - Pragya from Nepal studied environmental science and management in Nepal and studied on the MESPOM course based in Manchester. For her project Pragya studied Multiple Use Water Services (MUS); their cost-effectiveness, sustainability and contribution to poverty reduction in Nepal. For more information on Pragya’s project click here.

 

2009

Dalia Bastyté - Dalia is from Lithuania and has a BSc in Biology and MSc in Ecology from Vilnius University. She studied for an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy & Management (MESPOM) at The Central European and Manchester Universities. For her project she went to Papua New Guinea and investigated the value of local biodiversity to communities in the Madang Province. For more information on Dalia’s project click here. To view Dalia's recent publication of her project click here.

Caitlin Burbage - Caitlin studied Geography at St Peter’s College, Oxford. In 2009 Caitlin went to Ghana and worked in village schools in order to study the effectiveness of the UNICEF Curriculum. For more information on Caitlin’s project click here.

Daniel Frost & Stefan Lachowycz - Daniel and Stefan both studied Earth Science at Oxford University. For their project they went to Mexico to work as field assistants with the Colima Volcanic Observatory in order to study the volcano’s activity. For more information on Daniel and Stefan’s project click here.

Huang He - Huang is a graduate in Environmental Science from Fudan University, China. He studied for the Master of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM) at the Central European University in Budapest, but is now based in Manchester. Huang visited rural villages in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of Western China to analyze opportunities and barriers to bio-energy development. For more information on Huang’s project click here.

Naomi Morris - Naomi worked for NGOs in Latin America before gaining a BSc in Earth Science at The University of Portsmouth. She studied for a PhD at Portsmouth and lectures in remote sensing at The University of Hertford. She is a GIS volunteer for the charity MapAction and for her project she went to Papua New Guinea to look at the developing geohazard vulnerability and risk mapping procedures. For more information on Naomi’s project click here.

Kuttappan Vijayakumar - Vijay is from Southern India, has a BSc in Forestry from Kerala Agricultural University and studied for an MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management (MESPOM) at The Central European & Manchester Universities. For his project Vijay investigated the value of the impact of Jatropha cultivation for bio-fuel in India. For more information on Vijay’s project click here.

Nicky Young - Nicky studied Earth Science at St Peter’s College, Oxford. For her project she studied the earthquake history and mechanisms around L’Aquila in Italy in the aftermath of the disastrous event there. For more information on Nicky’s project click here.