Our work Recipients 2010

environment 2010

The Alcorso Foundation Environment Prize is awarded to a student who has completed PhD, Masters, Honours or Graduate Diploma studies.

Applications for 2011 awards have now closed. Awards will be announced on June 3rd 2011 to coincide with World Environment Day.


Chris Slavin

Chris Slavin completed his Honours research at the University of Tasmania’s National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability. His research, Types and sources of marine debris in Northern Tasmania, examined the interactions between human societies and the marine environment and how society will continue to use marine and coastal ecosystems without impacting on the needs of future generations.

Chris’ research contributed to the growing global concern about marine debris and importantly highlighted necessary areas of focus for future waste management of Tasmania’s coastal regions. The United Nations Education Program (UNEP) estimates that marine debris enters the marine environment at a rate of about 6.4 million tonnes per annum. Chris recently had a paper published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin (Volume 64, Issue 8, August 2012) as a result of his Honours research.

Until recently Chris was employed as the Coastal Marine Officer for the Fitzroy Basin Association at Rockhampton, Queensland. He is currently working as a research assistant at Central Queensland University and still liaises with the Alcorso Foundation regularly providing valuable assistance in the Foundation’s endeavour to work with local industry, community groups and government agencies in reducing Tasmania’s coastal waste and marine debris. Review Chris’s thesis | View Chris’s published Marine Pollution Bulletin paper

Elinor Ebsworth

Elinor Ebsworth is a student of the University of Tasmania’s Geography and Environmental Studies.

Her research, Biotic resistance to Cotoneaster invasion, examines the potential ecological interactions between Cotoneaster and herbivores, and aims to determine whether these animals may play a role in ecosystem biotic resistance to Cotoneaster invasion.

Elinor’s research aims to highlight potential threats that Cotoneaster may present to Tasmania’s local apple industry.