The Elisabeth Mann Borgese (EMB) Bursary of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) was established as a means of demonstrating recognition to the host country of the IOI – Malta – for hosting the IOI Headquarters and for providing facilities for staff and offices at the University of Malta’s Msida Campus.
The Bursary is financed through the IOI and constitutes a further recognition and acknowledgement of the role of Prof. E. Mann Borgese, founder of IOI, and of her considerable achievements.
The 2021 EMB Bursary is being awarded to Mr Justin Cauchi, a Master’s student with the Department of Biology under the supervision of Dr Julian Evans and Prof. Patrick Schembri. The research carried out by Mr Cauchi aims to address the gaps in current knowledge by mapping and characterising the subtidal Dendropoma cristatum bioconstructions present along cliff shores. The results will be collated with data from previous studies to understand factors affecting vertical distribution of the mollusc and the potential drivers that give rise to different types of local vermetid bioconstructions.
The EMB bursary funds will be utilised to enhance the current research work by supporting the rental of a boat with skipper to carry out fieldwork at cliff sampling sites, to fund the purchase of an underwater housing for a DSLR camera and for genetic studies. All equipment purchased with these funds will be available for use at the University of Malta after the research period, and recognised as a donation from he IOI.