Centre for Computational Evolution researchers celebrate Marsden Fund successes

02 November 2017
Dr Matthew Egbert, Centre for Computational Evolution and Department of Computer Sciences
Dr Matthew Egbert

Four Centre for Computational Evolution researchers received grants totalling $2,910,000 in the latest Marsden Fund round.

Associate Professor Quentin Atkinson, Dr Matthew Egbert, Professor Anthony Poole and Associate Professor Thomas Buckley all received funding to pursue their research interests, ranging from economic games to stick insects.

Dr Matthew Egbert from the Faculty’s Department of Computer Science will be exploring one of the most fundamental questions of science, the role behaviour played in facilitating the very earliest stages of life’s evolution. He has been awarded a Marsden Fund grant of $300,000.

The others are:

  • Associate Professor Quentin Atkinson (School of Psychology)
    Standard grant:  $835,000
    Political gaming: using economic games to explore the foundations of political ideology
  • Professor Anthony Poole (School of Biological Sciences)
    Standard grant: $850,000
    Rewiring life: using synthetic biology and experimental evolution to unravel the evolutionary origins of DNA
  • Associate Professor Thomas Buckley (School of Biological Sciences and Landcare Research)
    Standard grant: $925,000
    Plasticity or adaptation: evolution of thermal performance in NZ stick insects

The Marsden Fund is administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. It provides funding for discovery science and is recognised as being among the most prestigious research funding in NZ. 

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