A Rothbury man has won first prize in a national ecology and environment competition.
Scott MacKenzie, 22, assistant ecologist with EcoNorth, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s consultancy service, took the accolade in the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment (CIEEM) Awards, in the Undergraduate Project category, at a ceremony at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
A former Morpeth King Edward VI School pupil, he graduated from Northumbria University last year with a First Class BSc Hons degree in Environmental Management.
As part of his degree, Scott submitted an 11,000-word thesis on how insects and invertebrates, 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 .
Scott’s thesis tutor was so impressed by his work, he nominated him for the 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.”
Scott joined EcoNorth in July 2013.