Stuart Knott Scholarship
In 2014, we established an annual scholarship for honours or masters students in memory of the late Stuart Knott, our inaugural chairperson when Cambridge Coastcare was formed in 1999, who died in 2013. The first scholarship was awarded to Sophie Cross, an Honours student at UWA, who studied the diversity of ant species in combination with an assessment of vegetation quality. Sophie spent over 200 hours in the field and about the same amount of time in the laboratory collecting and identifying nearly 6000 ants from pitfall traps at 30 different sites throughout the year and used the data to examine the relationship between habitat patch size, ecological condition, and biodiversity in the Cambridge dunes. Her thesis resulted in an article ‘Biodiversity responses to vegetation structure in a fragmented landscape: ant communities in a peri-urban coastal dune system’, which has been published in the Journal of Insect Conservation. A synopsis of the article is attached with a link to the article. The scholarship will again be advertised to WA university students for 2017 after there were no applications for the 2016 award.