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Don't forget to visit our seminar page for the latest on talks for 2017.

Department seminar - Andrew Nilsen

Monday 30th October, 2017

Our next seminar will be held by Andrew Nilsen, PhD Candidate of the department. 

The title of Andrew's talk is Evolution of truffle-like fungi.

Andrew's seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, 12.00pm in the Benham Seminar Room (B215), Department of Zoology

More information can be found on our seminars page.

Department seminar - Dr Angela Brandt

Thursday 21st September, 2017

Our next seminar will be held by Dr Angela Brandt of Landcare Research, on how immigration timing of New Zealand plant ancestors affects present-day communities.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, October 4th, 12.00pm in the Benham Seminar Room (B215) of the Department of Zoology.

More information on Angela's talk can be found on our seminars page.

The 16th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture

Monday 11th September, 2017

Living in the rainshadow: New Zealand’s most distinctive and threatened ecosystems

Dr Susan Walker, Landcare Research, presents the 16th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture hosted by the Botanical Society of Otago in conjunction with the Department of Botany.

For the last 20 years Dr Walker’s research has focused on the past and present ecology of some of New Zealand’s driest, and most invaded and modified terrestrial ecosystems. These mixtures of short tussock grasslands, shrublands, cushionfields and mat vegetation are the interface between high producing pasture and “our golden tussock grasslands” in the inland eastern South Island. These habitats have special ecological character, representing the last remaining examples of the evolutionary response of the native biota to protracted arid conditions in New Zealand, and are rapidly disappearing under irrigated pasture and wilding conifers. Dr Walker will describe the cryptic ecology of a disappearing biome, focusing on the fauna and flora of the Mackenzie Basin

Wednesday 20 September 2017, starting 6pm, Castle 1 Lecture Theatre.
Drinks and nibbles starting from 5:15pm (in the concourse).

Public most welcome.

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Postgraduate Seminar

Monday 11th September, 2017

Jasmine and Chelsea, two postgraduate students based in Botany, are hosting our next department seminar.

Both talks will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, 12.00pm at Marples Seminar Room, in the Department of Zoology.

Jasmine Divinagracia
Improving diagnostic tools for potyvirus detection

Different diagnostic tools are currently being utilised to detect and manage a potyviral infection. Recently, a new gene called PIPO has been discovered to mediate potyvirus spread. My project will focus on PIPO as a marker to improve diagnosis.

Chelsea Kerr
Post-harvest storage of looseleaf lettuce under different light conditions; nutrient and bioactive levels and potential health benefits

One third of food grown for human consumption is lost post-harvest, therefore it would be wise to focus on increasing post-harvest storage practices in addition to increasing yield. With an increasing human population, it is important that the nutrient and bioprotective roles, that fresh fruit and vegetables provide, is maintained through post-harvest storage.

Rebecca interviewed for Otago on Location 

30th August, 2017

Rebecca Macdonald was interviewed as part of Otago's On Location series, where we get a behind the scenes peak at the department's glasshouses, and learn more about their history and daily use in research and teaching. 

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Rebecca MacDonald in glasshouse 2, by Biology123 experiments.

Postgrad Seminar

25th August, 2017

Two of our postgraduate students will be holding talks on their honours projects on September 6th.

The title of Ziva's talk is "Effect of multiple stressors on the bacterial community composition in freshwater streams", and James' "Nuclear phylogeny of the genus Celmisia with attention to trichome evolution".

Both talks are scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th, 12.00pm, in the Benham Seminar Room (B215), Department of Zoology

More information about Ziva and James' talk can be found on our seminars page.

John Smaillie Tennant Lecture

2nd August, 2017

The 2017 John Smaillie Tennant Lecture will be given by Dr Patrick Brownsey, Research Fellow at Te Papa.

A social history of the fern in New Zealand

Patrick's lecture will discuss the role of the fern in the social history of New Zealand, and outline some of the reasons why it has achieved iconic status. From his experience as both Curator of Botany and Curator of Stamps at Te Papa, he will show how knowledge and understanding of New Zealand ferns was developed by early voyages of discovery and immigrant botanists, and how social fashions and frenzies influenced scientific understanding of New Zealand ferns, especially in the second half of the 19th century. The talk will be illustrated with material held at Te Papa and from a personal collection of ephemera.

Date: Thursday 7 September, 6pm-7pm.
Location: Archway 3 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East.

All Welcome

Seminar Cancelled

21st July, 2017

Jaz Morris' talk has been canceled. 

Seminar - Dr Evelyn Armstrong

Wednesday 17th May, 2017

Dr Evelyn Armstrong, from NIWA and University of Otago Research Centre for Oceanography will be giving the department's next seminar. Evelyn's talk is on Subantarctic Phytoplankton and their responses to change.

More information on Evelyn's talk can be found on our seminar page.

The Fungal Foray

Tuesday 16th May, 2017

David Orlovich was recently interviewed by Radio New Zealand's Jesse Mulligan on the 31st Fungal Foray, held in Hokianga.

David's interview can be heard on the Radio New Zealand website.

Check us out on Instagram

Wednesday 10th May, 2017

Be sure to take a look at some of our images recently posted on Instagram.

Seminar - Professor Aoxue Wang

Wednesday 10th May, 2017

Professor Aoxue Wang, from the College of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Harbin, China will be presenting at our next department seminar.  

The title of Aoxue's talk is 'Can we create the versatile tomato resistant to manydiseases, and even tolerant to cold?'

The seminar will be held Thursday, May 11th , 1.00pm, Benham Seminar Room (B215), Department of Zoology.

Seminar - Dr Angela Brandt

Monday 10th April, 2017

Dr. Angela Brandt (Landcare Research) will be speaking on ‘Products of history: Immigration timing of New Zealand plant ancestors affects present-day communities’.

Angela's talk will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 12.00pm Benham Seminar Room (B215), Department of Zoology.

More information on Angela's talk can be found on our seminars page.

Botanical Society of Otago Student Field Grant

Thursday 6th April, 2017

Applications are invited for a grant from the Peter Bannister Student Field Grant Fund to assist those enrolled for a PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) or PGDip at the University of Otago, and whose thesis deals with some aspect of botany.

The grant is for fieldwork related expenses, and has a closing date for applications of18 August 2017

More information on how to apply can be found on our scholarships page.

In the Field - Interview with Janice Lord

Monday 27th March, 2017

Janice Lord was recently interviewed for an article in the Otago Daily times about research being conducted at Coronet Peak Station, Central Otago.

The Lakes and I, and Lab at the Lake

Monday 27th March, 2017

Catchments Otago is excited to share details of the two joint events being held in Central Otago next week; a PechaKucha evening in Queenstown on Friday 31st of March, and a Lab at the Lake family day in Wanaka on Sunday the 2nd of April.

More information about the two events is available on the Catchments Otago website.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the events.

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Seminar - Rohan Allen

Tuesday 21st March, 2017

PhD Candidate Rohan Allen will be discussing the Ecological and Evolutionary significance of Genetic Diversity in Phytoplankton responses to Oceanic Climate Change.

Rohan's talk is scheduled for Wednesday April 5th at 12.00pm in the Benham Seminar Room.

More information about Rohan's talk can be found on our seminars page.

Seminar - Ulf Molau

Thursday 23rd February, 2017

Patrick Brownsey, Research Fellow, Te Papa will discuss the role of the fern in the social history of New Zealand, and outline some of the reasons why it has achieved iconic status. From his experience as both Curator of Botany and Curator of Stamps at Te Papa, he will show how knowledge and understanding of New Zealand ferns was developed by early voyages of discovery and immigrant botanists, and how social fashions and frenzies influenced scientific understanding of New Zealand ferns, especially in the second half of the 19th century. The talk will be illustrated with material held at Te Papa and from a personal collection of ephemera.

Professor Ulf Molau will be giving the department's second seminar for 2017. Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ulf's talk is titled Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: about the new platform IPBES.

More information about Ulf's talk can be found on our seminars page.

Seminar - Elisabeth Cooper

Thursday 23rd February, 2017

Professor Elisabeth Cooper will be giving the department's first seminar for 2017. Elisabeth is based at the Faculty of Biosciences at Institute for Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway.

Elisabeth's talk is titled High Arctic ecosystem responses to changes in snow cover.

More information about Elisabeth's talk can be found on our seminars page.

Brenda Shore Award for Women

Wednesday 22nd February, 2017

A reminder that the Brenda Shore Award for Women will be closing on the 28th of February 2017.