19th July 2006




A budding conservationist at the University of Lincoln will be spending her summer holiday studying birds’ nests after winning a scholarship from the prestigious Nuffield Foundation.


Second-year Animal Behaviour Science student Rosetta Blackman has been awarded a Nuffield Foundation Vacation Scholarship worth £1,430 to study the insulation properties of bird nests.


The aim of the study is to gain a greater understanding of bird incubation and in particular why some birds sit on their nests constantly whilst others can leave the nest for extended periods of time.


Rosetta is one of 330 students nationwide to have been awarded an undergraduate scholarship from the Nuffield Foundation set up to support young scientists by promoting access to science and encouraging scientific research careers.


“My course lecturer Dr Paul Eady invited us to apply for the scholarship and as I’m really interested in avian incubation I decided to put my name forward,” said Rosetta.


“I was ecstatic when I found out I’d been successful as it’s such an amazing opportunity. We hope to present our findings at the Incubation and Fertility Group which meets at the University of Lincoln later this year.


“When I graduate I would like to work for a wildlife trust helping to conserve and manage habitats and I hope this experience will be useful in my future career.”


Biological Sciences lecturer Dr Paul Eady said: “The scheme is designed to encourage undergraduates to pursue a research career and give them a taste of real research.


“Rosetta is the third student in four years to be awarded a scholarship from the Nuffield Foundation which is proof of quality of the course and a testament to the high standard of students we are generating.”


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