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$66 million in 2009 Marsden Fund grants – full details

Posted in In the News on October 7th, 2009.
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Contact PIInstitution Total

09-AGR-029Breaking the mould: a novel mechanism of hyphal growth   in fungal symbionts of grassesDr CR VoiseyAgResearch$825,000.00
09-AGR-003How air affects mutation and adaptation – a dissection of the evolutionary processDr CD MoonAgResearch$760,000.00
09-AUT-015Corporate chameleons, greenwashing and counter-narrativesDr H TregidgaAUT$300,000.00
09-ESR-006Epithelial cell wound repair: a  novel in vitro approach to   elucidate meningococcal virulence mechanismsDr JK MacKichanESR$300,000.00
09-GNS-011Blobs or slabs: how does the mantle lithosphere shorten during continental collision? Dr B FryGNS Science$300,000.00
09-GNS-018Subduction’s slippery slope: how fluid flow controls fault behaviour on the subduction interfaceDr SA HenrysGNS Science$956,000.00
09-GNS-014Revealing the role of surface states in PbSe nanocrystalsDr DA CarderGNS Science$300,000.00
09-IRL-008“The irony of spin” – complex and competing magnetic and electronic interactions in Fe-based compoundsDr GVM WilliamsIndustrial Research Ltd$750,000.00
09-LCR-001Evolution of cold tolerance in New Zealand alpine stick  insectsDr TR BuckleyLandcare Research$775,000.00
09-LCR-005Do mycorrhizal fungi determine ecosystem fate?Dr IA DickieLandcare Research$805,000.00
09-MAU-009Looking over a four-leaf clover: structural characterisation of  a critical picornaviral RNA clover  leaf and its interaction with a viral fusion proteinDr SM PascalMassey University$735,000.00
09-MAU-017Proteins from pieces: subdomain assembly in the evolution of   protein structureDr WM PatrickMassey University$740,000.00
09-MAU-114Gene function in context: from molecules to morphologyDr VV SymondsMassey University$300,000.00
09-MAU-140Optimal chemical and physical conditions for the origin of RNA life formsProfessor GB JamesonMassey University$860,000.00
09-MAU-037Untangling complex evolution: when the Tree of Life is not a tree at allDr BR HollandMassey University$519,000.00
09-MAU-111Exploding the pyroclastic-flow enigma with life-scalable experimentsAssoc Prof SJ CroninMassey University$789,000.00
09-MAU-084Advances in scattering theory and solvable modelsProfessor G J MartinMassey University$600,000.00
09-MAU-044Geodesics in diffeomorphism  groups: geometry and applicationsDr SR MarslandMassey University$525,000.00
09-MAU-110Lost in transit? Investigating the imbalanced world of  erosion and depositionDr G LubeMassey University$300,000.00
09-MAU-048Icy tornadoes in the quantum   world – Josephson junctions of Bose-Einstein condensatesDr J BrandMassey University$851,000.00
09-MAU-117Young adults, drinking stories and the cult of celebrityDr AC LyonsMassey University$864,000.00
09-MIM-003Towards better vaccines: investigating the role of langerin+CD8(alpha)+ dendritic cells in innate and adaptive immunity Dr IF HermansMalaghan Institute$804,000.00
09-NIW-005Double diffusion generated by vertical ice wallsDr CL StevensNIWA$609,000.00
09-PAF-008Channelling scent: how insects smell using ligand-gated calicum channelsAssoc Prof RD NewcombPlant and Food$960,000.00
09-UOA-067Teaching an old brain new tricksDr B ThompsonUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-078How are the correct synaptic connections maintained to ensure correct sensory function?Dr JM MontgomeryUniversity of Auckland$841,000.00
09-UOA-127Human anti-platelet auto-antibodies – are we overlooking their protective function?Dr ML Kalev-ZylinskaUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-204Finding the source of the stem cell streamDr MA CurtisUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-177Searching for sirtuins secrets  in skeletal muscleDr JA EdgeUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-107Ocean acidification: a physiological and environmental challenge for marine calcifiersDr MA SewellUniversity of Auckland$840,000.00
09-UOA-105Sound as an orientation cue: how far offshore can pre-settlement fish and crabs detect it from?Dr CA RadfordUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-001Do marine fishes break the rules of hindgut fermentation?Assoc Prof KD ClementsUniversity of Auckland$780,000.00
09-UOA-116Are all individuals created equal? Testing Hubbell’s neutral theoryDr G LearUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-121Does complex tool manufacture require specific cognitive and neural adaptations?Dr GR HuntUniversity of Auckland$795,000.00
09-UOA-130The evolution of animal genitalia: does sexual conflict drive the rapid evolution of complex male structures of moths?Dr GI HolwellUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-117Disasters and asset pricingProfessor H BerkmanUniversity of Auckland$367,000.00
09-UOA-171Determining the distribution  of prehistoric dryland agriculture throughout the Hawaiian IslandsAssoc Prof TN LadefogedUniversity of Auckland$527,000.00
09-UOA-173Redrawing the Polynesian  Triangle: Did Polynesian   settlement extend to South America?Professor E Matisoo-SmithUniversity of Otago$710,000.00
09-UOA-052Beethoven’s middle period string quartets in context: ideology, performance, receptionDr NR NovemberUniversity of Auckland$285,000.00
09-UOA-023Slavery in Maori society: myths  and realities to c. 1860Dr H PetrieUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-038Grace: the ethics of unmerited favourDr GA PettigroveUniversity of Auckland$270,000.00
09-UOA-099Optimal task scheduling on parallel systemsDr O SinnenUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-019Algebra for user interface customizationDr C LutterothUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-022Degenerate operatorsDr AFM ter ElstUniversity of Auckland$465,000.00
09-UOA-031Efficient analysis with biased samplesProfessor CJ WildUniversity of Auckland$600,000.00
09-UOA-098Probing the effects of oxidative stress on cellular membranesDr DJ McGillivrayUniversity of Auckland$300,000.00
09-UOA-076Exceptionally ductile magnesium alloysProfessor W GaoUniversity of Auckland$840,000.00
09-UOA-091Biological economies: knowing and making new rural value relationsProfessor R Le HeronUniversity of Auckland$761,000.00
09-UOA-046Te Ao Tawhito: the ancient Maori worldProf Dame Anne SalmondUniversity of Auckland$735,000.00
09-UOA-212Confronting the contradictions of New Zealand’s embedded neoliberalism in a post-neoliberal eraProfessor J KelseyUniversity of Auckland$336,000.00
09-UOC-013Evolution of the unnecessary: did a key step in translation in bacteria evolve from invading selfish DNA?Professor JA HeinemannUniversity of Canterbury$620,000.00
09-UOC-076Why is the most abundant enzyme in the world lacking specificity?Dr FG PearceUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOC-014Genetic diversity and recombination analysis of geminiviruses in AustralasiaDr A VarsaniUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOC-017Uncorking volcanoes – the textural evolution of volcanic plugsDr B KennedyUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOC-023Did Indonesian tectonic uplift change ocean circulation and global climate 3-4 Myr ago?Dr M QuigleyUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOC-008New mathematical tools to unravel complex ancestryAssoc Prof CA SempleUniversity of Canterbury$576,000.00
09-UOC-045Modelling gene trees in species trees and networksDr JH DegnanUniversity of Canterbury$282,000.00
09-UOC-066Extra dimensions, dark energy and mysteries of the Universe Dr I NeupaneUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOC-012Probing metal oxide surfaces: investigating the origins of electron accumulationAssoc Prof SM DurbinUniversity of Canterbury$780,000.00
09-UOC-102Glycosylation with endohexosaminidases; synthetic access to defined homogenous glycopeptides and glycoproteins Assoc Prof AF FairbanksUniversity of Canterbury$844,000.00
09-UOC-080Probing the structure and femtosecond dynamics of excited states of lanthanide phosphor materialsAssoc Prof MF ReidUniversity of Canterbury$900,000.00
09-UOC-085Spin crossover driven molecular switches triggered by external stimuli: toward spin-switching chemosensorsAssoc Prof PE KrugerUniversity of Canterbury$700,000.00
09-UOC-044A study of English identity in three British settler societies, circa 1854-1914Dr R VokesUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOC-099Prospective evaluation of the validity and nature of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) Dr BC McNeillUniversity of Canterbury$300,000.00
09-UOO-043The two faces of WTX in      human developmentProfessor SP RobertsonUniversity of Otago$840,000.00
09-UOO-063Sex steroids: new regulators of    brain SOCSDr GM AndersonUniversity of Otago$735,000.00
09-UOO-064New pathways for new      learning – probing a novel     brain circuit for associating environmental stimuli with rewardsAssoc Prof BI HylandUniversity of Otago$880,000.00
09-UOO-096Dopamine and learning – it’s all         in the timingDr JNJ ReynoldsUniversity of Otago$960,000.00
09-UOO-104Hormonal regulation of bodyweight in reproductionDr CH BrownUniversity of Otago$820,000.00
09-UOO-138Does stimulation of the vestibular inner ear enhance memory?Professor PF SmithUniversity of Otago$900,000.00
09-UOO-172Infertility, body fat and kisspeptin: making the connectionsDr JH QuennellUniversity of Otago$300,000.00
09-UOO-182The transcription factor code: maintaining neuronal identity      and function in the adult brainDr SM HughesUniversity of Otago$935,000.00
09-UOO-065Why are hydrogenases found      in the genomes of aerobic bacteria?Professor GM CookUniversity of Otago$810,000.00
09-UOO-136A bee-line into memory    mechanismsProfessor AR MercerUniversity of Otago$975,000.00
09-UOO-177Bacterial protection against phage infectionsDr PC FineranUniversity of Otago$753,000.00
09-UOO-118Regulation of photosynthetic   electron transport under low    oxygen conditionsDr TC SummerfieldUniversity of Otago$300,000.00
09-UOO-133Investigating the genetic basis for and adaptive significance of cryptic female choice in an external fertiliser – the    chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha)

Professor NJ GemmellUniversity of Otago$870,000.00
09-UOO-175Ocean acidification: calcifiers are only the tip of the icebergAssoc Prof CL HurdUniversity of Otago$915,000.00
09-UOO-012Health and social change in prehistoric Southeast AsiaDr SE HalcrowUniversity of Otago$300,000.00
09-UOO-074“Do you remember this?”  age-  related changes in the effect of  verbal remindersProfessor H HayneUniversity of Otago$865,000.00
09-UOO-106Lapita diet and health in Vanuatu: human adaptation     to a virgin island environmentDr HR BuckleyUniversity of Otago$604,000.00
09-UOO-164First contact: environmental shifts, faunal collapse and the Polynesian settlement of New ZealandMr C JacombUniversity of Otago$777,000.00
09-UOO-057Effect of fluids on the strength   of the mid-crustal coupling     zone on major faults: insights from New Zealand’s Alpine   FaultDr VG ToyUniversity of Otago$300,000.00
09-UOO-078Solving the mystery of sustained ocean fertility at the Subantarctic Front. Seismic oceanography gives   us the meansDr AR GormanUniversity of Otago$693,000.00
09-UOO-005A new paradigm of medieval literary anonymityDr SC MarshallUniversity of Otago$227,000.00
09-UOO-003Global simulation of gravitational waves from isolated systemsProfessor J FrauendienerUniversity of Otago$885,000.00
09-UOO-069Iron’s role in the enzyme cysteine dioxygenase: mechanism and biological relevanceDr GNL JamesonUniversity of Otago$810,000.00
09-UOO-093The quantum dipole gasDr PB BlakieUniversity of Otago$720,000.00
09-UOO-023Mothers’ darlings: children of indigenous women and World War Two American servicemen in New Zealand and South  Pacific societies

Assoc Prof JA BennettUniversity of Otago$917,000.00
09-UOW-035What counts as healthy food? balancing organizational tensions between private and public agendas.Dr AM HendersonUniversity of Waikato$300,000.00

Sustainability at the cross roads: examining the vulnerability of New Zealand’s global environmental positioningProfessor JP RoperUniversity of Waikato$773,000.00
09-UOW-041Sustainable citizenship: transforming public engagement  on new and emerging technologiesAssoc Prof P KurianUniversity of Waikato$559,000.00
09-UOW-072APAKURA: the Maori way of death.Professor N Te AwekotukuUniversity of Waikato$948,000.00
09-VUW-142Cracking the non-ribosomal codeDr DF AckerleyVictoria University$912,000.00
09-VUW-123Corals in a changing world: establishing a physiological mechanism for current and future patterns of reef distributionDr SK DavyVictoria University$960,000.00
09-VUW-008How does Antarctica ride the Milankovitch cycle?Professor TR NaishVictoria University$870,000.00
09-VUW-028Ruamoko’s rumbles: understanding magma movement and time varying seismic propertiesProfessor MK SavageVictoria University$721,000.00
09-VUW-168Ups and downs of subductionProfessor TA SternVictoria University$735,000.00
09-VUW-121Pulsating white dwarf stars: unique astrophysical laboratoriesProfessor DJ SullivanVictoria University$549,000.00
09-VUW-011The morphology of current EnglishProfessor L BauerVictoria University$619,000.00
09-VUW-083The Printers’ Web: typographical journals and global communication  networks in the nineteenth century

Dr SJ ShepVictoria University$564,000.00
09-VUW-099Why Europe? European expansion, industrialization, and divergence, 1500-2000Professor JC BelichVictoria University$840,000.00
09-VUW-063History of Liverpool as a trading port, 1700-1850Dr SD BehrendtVictoria University$552,000.00
09-VUW-047Topics in mathematical general relativity and theoretical cosmologyProfessor M VisserVictoria University$475,000.00
09-VUW-026Randomness, degree theory, higher computability: new interactionsDr N GreenbergVictoria University$575,000.00
09-VUW-027Iwasawa theory for supersingular primesDr B KimVictoria University$300,000.00
09-VUW-036Rota’s conjecture for the five-element fieldDr D MayhewVictoria University$300,000.00
09-VUW-115Contiguity theory for set-parametric problems of statisticsProfessor EV KhmaladzeVictoria University$470,000.00
09-VUW-071Optical properties of metallic nano-particles for ultra-sensitive molecule detectionDr EC Le RuVictoria University$300,000.00
Total (New contracts)$65,194,000.00

ContractProjectContact PIInstitutionTotal
IRL0601Quantum soup: what is the quantum fluid in high-temperature superconductors?Professor JL TallonIndustrial Research Ltd$430,000.00
UOC0606IceCube: neutrino window on the universeDR J AdamsUniversity of Canterbury$485,000.00
Total (Extended contracts)$915,000.00
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