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SGHT supports Government-approved research undertaken on South Georgia which will benefit the island.
Marine biodiversity grant
SGHT is currently supporting research to develop marine protected areas around South Georgia. This project to help protect marine biodiversity in the Southern Ocean is underway. The research is being undertaken by Claire Tancell through studies at Cambridge University and research at British Antarctic Survey.SGHT is working in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (www.fpa2.com) to protect the future of South Georgia's marine life. <Read more about Claire Tancell's studies>. <Download the first year report on Claire's research>
|Benthic study grant
SGHT has supported British Antarctic Survey (www.bas.ac.uk) in its studies of the biodviersity of the benthic floor of the Southern Ocean, in partnership with the Government of South Georgia. The study undertaken by David Barnes and Oliver Hogg, created 14,000 unique records representing 1027 species of seabed life.
2010-11 Bursary award
In 2010-11 the David Nicholls annual bursary was awarded to the Shallow Marine Surveys Group based in the Falkland Islands. In November 2010 the group collected specimens from around South Georgia as part of an intertidal survey. From mid-February 2011 the group began the work of sorting and identifying the thousands of specimens collected,
Annual bursary award and application
SGHT awards an annual bursary of £5,000 in honour of its founder, the late Brigadier David Nicholls RM. The bursary was created to financially enable an individual or group to undertake research to benefit South Georgia. Previous bursary winners have been part of school expedition teams to South Georgia, have used specialist knowledge to conserve artefacts at South Georgia Museum and have produced art and exhibitions inspired by the island.
In 2011 Trustees agreed that South Georgia Museum's annual curatorial internship should be the recipient of the David Nicholls' bursary, now renamed as the David Nicholls' internship bursary.
SGHT research grants
SGHT can award a grant of up to £20,000 for research work which will benefit the island of South Georgia.