Scott Mackenzie (22), Assistant Ecologist with EcoNorth, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s consultancy service, has won first prize in the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment (CIEEM) Awards Undergraduate Project Category at an awards ceremony at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Scott from Rothbury, Northumberland, a former pupil of, King Edward VI School in Morpeth, graduated from the University of Northumbria (UNN) last year with a First Class BSc Hons degree in Environmental Management.
As part of his degree course, Scott submitted an 11,000 word thesis on how insects and invertebrates, such as damselfly nymphs, living in a variety of streams differ in terms of population and survival rates, with the data collated being used to demonstrate how land can help improve water quality for humans and fish populations such as salmon and trout, which are caught locally. Scott’s thesis tutor, Dr Peter Glaves was so impressed by his work, he nominated him for the prestigious award.
Scott said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award as I was up against some interesting projects and to be recognised by an internationally recognised body as CIEEM is wonderful.”
Vicki Sixsmith, EcoNorth Managing Director said: “ It very quickly became apparent that Scott was a talented ecologist when he joined us as an Intern last summer, and the whole EcoNorth team are delighted that this has been recognised through the winning of such a professional accolade.”
Scott joined EcoNorth in July 2013, initially on a summer internship, working hard to fine-tune his survey techniques and providing much needed administrative and GIS mapping support to the rest of his colleagues, but proved to be such a worthwhile member of the team, that he was offered the role of Assistant Ecologist.