2018 TUU Mount Nelson Award Presentation

Published 22 November 2018

Peter Puskic receives award for dedication to research & community

Mount Nelson Trustee Stephen Nichols presents the award to Peter Puskic

The Mount Nelson Board of Trustees would like to congratulate Peter Puskic as the 2018 recipient of the TUU Mount Nelson Award.

The award presentation was held at the Grove Restaurant, Newnham campus on Wednesday the 21st of November.

The Mount Nelson Board of Trustees were impressed with the passion and dedication Mr. Puskic has shown for the environment. After receiving first class Honors, Peter joined the Adrift Lab 2018 field team (www.adriftlab.org) on Lord Howe Island where he collected preliminary data for his PhD.

Mr. Puskic’s passion for the environment started at a young age, volunteering at Wildlife sanctuaries and turtle rehabilitation programs while in high school. This lead to undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science, Zoology and Archaeology at La Trobe University and most recently a Bachelor of Science Marine and Environment with First Class Honors at IMAS; University of Tasmania.

Attending the event, UTAS Pro Vice-Chancellor Community Partnerships & Regional Development, Professor David Adams (previously a Mount Nelson student himself), spoke of the importance of including a focus on community and place in conjunction with academic performance, acknowledging that the Tasmania University Union have been promoting this through the Mount Nelson Award for some time.

Professor Adams noted that many TUU Mount Nelson Award recipients have gone on to leadership roles and highlighted that students from IMAS have the chance to not only influence local and national communities but have a positive impact on the global community through the work of people like Peter Puskic.

Mount Nelson Trustee, Stephen Nichols, congratulated Mr. Puskic on a growing and impressive list of achievements by the age of 22. Likening Mr. Puskic to a young David Attenborough, Mr. Nichols relayed a sample of Mr. Puskic’s achievements that include being engaged in global collaborations, collecting samples for the Natural History Museum (UK), working with London-based photographer Mandy Barker on her National Geographic exhibition, having the Australian National Museum document his work on Lord Howe Island for the exhibition “Localising the Anthropocene” and being interviewed by a range of film crews for upcoming documentaries.

When asked how he planned on using the $3000 award, Mr. Puskic stated that he planned to return to Lord Howe Island to continue his work, and would support the local community with his funding while he was there.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Adams, Mount Nelson Trustee Stephen Nichols and Award winner Peter Puskic

Peter Puskic with fellow Adrift Lab researchers (from left) Dr. Jennifer Lavers, Megan Grant and Catarina Serra Gonçalves