Nominated By: Dr Jan Cameron
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Emeritus Professor
Family Names(s): Burns
Mailing Address: Dept of Zoology, University of Otago, Box 56, Dunedin 9054
Country: New Zealand
Office Telephone: 64-(0)3-479-7971
Office Fax: 64-(0)3-479-7584
Residence Telephone: 64-(0)3-477-0590
Nationality/Citizenship: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 03-02-1942
Current Position: Professor (0.1FT)
Current Employer: University of Otago
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: English
Fluent in Writing: English
Fluent in Speaking: English
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: BSc (Hons 1),University of Canterbury,1963
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PhD ,University of Toronto,1966
Nominee Application Form: Part B
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Research assessment
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Chair, Academic Audit panel; Member, Academic Audit panel of Victoria University of Wellington, August 2009
Institution/City/Country: University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Date: August 2010
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
2. Brief Description: Chair, Review Panels for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology 2005; Paediatrics (Christchurch) 2007; Human Nutrition 2008; Mathematics and Statistics 2009; Postgraduate Programmes in Health Sciences and Medicine 2010; Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Wellington) 2010; Music and Theatre Studies 2011
Institution/City/Country: University of Otago, Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington, New Zealand
Date: 2005-2011
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
3. Brief Description: Invited International Reviewer of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (3 centres â?? freshwater, marine and terrestrial; 200 staff)
Institution/City/Country: Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date: 1998
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
4. Brief Description: Invited Member on five-person International Panel to review and evaluate 19 shortlisted applications for Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs)
Institution/City/Country: Swedish Government Fund, Stockholm, Sweden
Date: 2005
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: CAROLYN BURNS is a Professor in Zoology. Her expertise is in biological processes and population dynamics in lakes, plankton ecology and productivity, water quality, particularly in relation to nutrient enrichment, and the conservation of freshwater ecosystems. After gaining degrees from the University of Canterbury and University of Toronto, followed by post-doctoral experience at Yale University, USA, she joined the staff of the University of Otago, New Zealand. She was Head of Department, 1998-2005. rnCarolyn contributes in various capacities on boards, committees and panels of international and national science, freshwater and environmental organisations, including the editorial boards of five international scientific journals. She has been active in the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society, serving terms as President and Secretary-Treasurer, and was President of the International Limnological Association, 1995-2001. She has been an executive member of science and conservation organisations at national and international levels, including Regional Councillor for Australasia and Oceania for IUCN (World Conservation Union), and Academy President of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has chaired assessment panels for the Marsden Fund Council and PBRF (Performance Based Research Fund) and was Moderator for the PBRF assessment round in 2007. She has been a Director of the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) Ltd (2000-2006) and has served on, and chaired, committees to review university departments at Otago, Auckland and Canterbury, and research institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and the Netherlands. She was a member of the Academic Audit panel of Victoria University of Wellington (2009), and chaired the Academic Audit of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, in 2010. She is currently chairs the Department of Conservationâ??s national Recovery Group for rare and endangered Grand and Otago Skinks, Otago University's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group; she is Chair of the Governance Board for Genetics at the University of Otago that oversees teaching programmes and research, and Deputy Chair of the Governance Board of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, a Centre of Research Excellence (CORE). In the past 5 years she has served on New Zealandâ??s Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee, MacDiarmid Young Scientist Awards Selection Panel, Prime Ministerâ??s Emerging Scientist Award Selection Panel, and the National Science Panel.rnIn the course of her teaching and research at the University of Otago, Carolyn has supervised the research of 5 Postdoctoral researchers and more than 55 PhD, Masters, BSc Honours students and Diplom students from Germany and The Netherlands; her research has frequently involved collaborations with colleagues internationally, primarily in the U.S.A., Canada, Germany, and Denmark; she has more than 130 refereed scientific publications and 40 other significant publications.

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