Research Funding

We couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of public and private funding agencies. This support is gratefully acknowledged below:

Expression of seasonality through the Mayan terminal classic drought in stalagmite trace elements, Australian Synchrotron Beamtime Award (2019)

downloadWe have received $65,568 AUD in-kind support for beamtime at the Australian Synchrotron. We will use this time to measure the structure of trace element banding in stalagmite Hobo-5 from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. This work forms part of an ongoing study with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and Newcastle (NSW, Australia).

New technologies to double the effectiveness of on-farm diffuse pollution mitigation, MBIE Endeavour Fund (2018-2023)

mbie-brandAdam is an associate investigator on this project lead by Chris Tanner at the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) aimed at developing enhanced bioreactor technology for farms. The research is funded ($8,000,000 over 5 years) through the MBIE Endeavour Fund.

An isotopic toolkit for cadmium management: from agrisystems to ecosystems, MBIE Endeavour Fund (2018-2020)


Adam is principal investigator on this project working with WEG researchers (Mahdiyeh Salmanzadeh and Amir Mohammadi), Nick Ling (Uni Waikato), Matthew Taylor (Waikato Regional Council), Niklas Lehto (Lincoln Uni.) and Claudine Stirling (Uni Otago) aimed at understanding the mobility of fertiliser-derived cadmium between agricultural soils and aquatic ecosystems. The research is funded ($999,808 over 2 years) through the MBIE Endeavour Fund.

Speleothem Records of New Zealand’s Earthquake History, MBIE Endeavour Fund (2017-2019)

mbie-brandAdam is an associate investigator on this interdisciplinary project lead by Prof. Joel Baker at the University of Auckland which aims to test the ways in which caves record earthquakes. The research is funded ($999,822 over 2 years) through the MBIE Smart Ideas fund.

Unlocking the Karst Record: Quantitative Proxies of Past Climates from Speleothems, Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2017-2022)

RDFAdam is currently supported by a RDF ($800,000 over 5 years) to research and develop novel geochemical proxies of past climate from speleothems. This scheme is funded by the New Zealand government and is administered by the Royal Society Te Aparangi (RSNZ). More information on the Rutherford scheme can be found here.

Tipping-Point Responses of Coastal Primary Productivity to Projected Ocean Acidification Scenarios, MBIE Endeavour Fund  (2016-2019)

mbie-brandAdam is an associate investigator on this project lead by Prof. Craig Cary and Prof. Conrad Pilditch which aims to understand the impact and implications of ocean acidification on the coastal benthic microbiome. The research is funded ($999,960 over 3 years) through the MBIE Smart Ideas fund.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), QUantitative paleoEnvironments from SpeleoThems (QUEST) (2016-2020)

eu_flag-1-300x200.pngAdam is New Zealand PI on project QUEST ($400,000 over four years across all beneficiaries) which supports the development of a research and innovation network spanning between NZ and European institutes, including the University of Cambridge, UK. NZ counterpart funding is provided by the New Zealand government and is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ). QUEST has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 691037.

An isotopic evaluation of the apparent plateau in New Zealand soil cadmium accumulation, Fertiliser Association of New Zealand (FANZ) (2015-2016)

FANZAdam received $22.5k funding from FANZ to support the PhD research of Mahdiyeh Salmanzadeh into the application of Cd isotopes to trace soil Cd accumulation.

The terrestrial carbon cycle in transition: tracking changes using novel tracers on multiple timescales, Marsden Fast-Start (2015-2018)

MarsdenThe Marsden Fast-Start scheme is given over to support emerging researchers. This scheme ($300,000 over 3 years) was instrumental in initiating the research activities of WEG and has made possible a truly innovative project which spans NZ lake and cave systems and seeks to understand the drivers of the aqueous carbon cycle. This forms the basis of the PhD research of Andrew Pearson.

Hidden terrestrial stores of organic carbon: are groundwater aquitards a globally significant carbon sink?, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) (2012-2014)

AINSEAdam received funding ($22k (AU)) to pursue research into the terrestrial carbon cycle. This work continues through collaborations with ANSTO-based researchers.