ASHB Studentship Winners
SOFIE SEMMLER (PhD Student, Australian National University)
Project Title: Nutritional ecology and adaptations in modified habitats: The case of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii)
With this funding, I hope to accomplish a high standard of data collection on the activity budgets and gut microbiome structures of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey, along with a holistic scope of the nutritional and chemical composition of their food items in order to establish a better understanding of how these Endangered primates are adapting to their heavily modified habitats. The funding received from the 2019 ASHB studentship award will allow me to employ a local field guide who will assistant in data collection while in the field, along with providing some much needed expendable supplies vital to this research.
TARA TIGANI (Honours Student, Monash University)
Project Title: A characterisation of endometrial stromal cell lines
The funding awarded by ASHB will aid in completing the aims of my honours project this year which include investigating the characteristics and functional behaviour of endometrial stromal cells, as well as drawing comparisons between cells of different origins. The studentship will allow me to access more highly advanced biological techniques than previously possible as well as more sophisticated reagents to improve my experimental designs and the data I can therefore collect.
MELANDRI VLOK (PhD Student, University of Otago)
Project Title: The impact of migration and trade on the prevalence of infectious and nutritional diseases in pre- and proto- historic Japan
This funding enabled research in Japan on 149 human skeletal remains to assess the prevalence of infectious and nutritional diseases in the western Honshu Jomon and the Edo period of Japan.
A full report on Melandri's research is provided here.