PhD candidate Eytan Rocheta has been awarded the 2012 Peter Cullen Postgraduate Scholarship at Parliament House by the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson and Peter’s widow, Vicky Cullen.

The Peter Cullen Scholarship is supported by the NSW Office of Water and NSW water agencies including the Sydney Catchment Authority, State Water, Sydney Water and Hunter Water, and is worth $60,000 over three years. It honours the memory of Professor Peter Cullen, a visionary in Australian water resource management and mentor to young water scientists.

Eytan’s research focuses on one of the key challenges facing climate scientists and hydrologists, simulating climate change’s impacts on the water cycle, particularly sustained anomalies of climate extremes which cause floods and droughts. His research aims to develop a methodology to improve the simulation of persistence in rainfall through correcting global climate model bias in regional climate models.

Eytan is studying in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the supervision of Professor Ashish Sharma and Dr Jason Evans from the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre.
The scholarship also brings with it the opportunity to participate in the mentoring program run by the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, of which Professor Cullen was a founding member.

(L-R) Award winner Eytan Rocheta, Vicky Cullen, and the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, MP