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Te Ngaru Paewhenua, Māori and Pacific Science Scholarships

Monday 15th October , 2018

Three Botany students have each received a Te Ngaru Paewhenua, Māori and Pacific Science Scholarship, for summer internships. A big congratulations to James, Mia, and Rehaan, on their success.

James Crofts-Bennett

Summer Research Internship—10 weeks. Supervisor: Janice Lord.
Spatial variations in Araneae populations distributed on mistletoes in the Otago area and bioindication of potential pollinators by spider genera presence.

Mia Te Tana

Summer Research Internship—10 weeks. Supervisors: David Orlovich and Tina Summerfield.
Genomic sequencing and analysis of silver beech (tawhai) Nothofagus menziesii.

Rehaan Ali

Summer Research Internship—8 weeks. Supervisor: Tina Summerfield.
Investigating impact of multiple stressors on the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. This will involve designing and performing growth experiments and making physiological measurements of the cyanobacterium under different conditions. These experiments will provide insight into the mechanisms enabling cyanobacteria to live in diverse environments.

Department Seminar - Dr David Chagné

Monday 3rd September, 2018

The next department seminar will be held by David Chagné, Science Group Leader, Molecular & Digital Breeding, Plant and Food Research, Dunedin, and Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago.

The title of the talk is Genome analysis of mānuka’s uniqueness.

Mānuka is a well-known bush shrub that grows across many ecosystems in New Zealand. To date only one species of mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is recognised in New Zealand. Species of Leptospermum are also found in South East Australia (Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania), including species currently considered as L. scoparium. However, the taxonomic characterisation of mānuka is still the subject of debate and the only current knowledge of genetic diversity is through the study of terpene compounds in the foliage... more information.

David's seminar will be held Wednesday October 3rd, 12.00 noon at the Betts Workroom, Union Street Lecture Theatre, Union Street West.

The 17th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture

Monday 3rd September, 2018

Dr Janice Lord, Department of Botany, University of Otago.

Reweaving species: The role of interactions in ecological restoration.

Recent years have seen increasing community interest in native replanting projects, typically using container grown native species that are easy to propagate.

However, establishment can be patchy and maintenance becomes an issue. A growing trend overseas, “rewilding”, focuses on restoring natural interactions between species and allowing ecological processes to determine outcomes. Could “rewilding”, or other process based approaches work in New Zealand?

This talk explores concepts and approaches to restoration, drawing on experience with the QEII National Trust Mahu Whenua covenants, Otago Lakes District, and other innovative restoration projects, against the background of the 1 Billion Trees government initiative.

Hosted by the Botanical Society of Otago in conjunction with the Department of Botany.

The talk will be held Wednesday 26 September, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Castle 1, University of Otago.

All welcome.

Postgraduate Student Seminars

Monday 3rd September, 2018

Four of our postgraduate student have talks, scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th, 12.00pm in the Betts Workroom, Union Street Lecture Theatre Building, Union Street West. All welcome. 

Karri Hartley
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Botany), Historical botany of the 1874 French Transit of Venus Expedition to subantarctic Campbell Island.

Jessica Fitzgerald
BSc Honours (Plant Biotechnology), Can saline priming increase the bioprotective capacity of sprouts?

Joshua Rich
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Plant Biotechnology), Progress in understanding changes in availability of actinidin in kiwifruit extraction.

James Crofts-Bennett
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Botany), Spiders as bioindicators of vegetation complexity on a greenroof

Department Seminar - Dr. Soledad Perez Santangelo

Wednesday 1st August, 2018

Dr Soledad Perez Santangelo, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Biochemistry, will be presenting our next seminar.

The title of Soledad's talk is Post-transcriptional regulation of circadian rhythms in plants. More information on Soledad's talk is available on our seminar page.

The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22nd, 12.00pm, Betts Workroom, Union Street Lecture Theatre, Union Street West.

Department Seminar - Kevin Sheridan

Friday 20th July, 2018

PhD student Kevin Sheridan will be presenting the next department seminar.

The title of Kevin's talk is Distribution of the Photosystem II D1 protein family in cyanobacteria

More information on Kevin's talk is available on our seminar page.

The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th, 12.00pm, Betts Workroom, Union Street Lecture Theatre, Union Street West.

BTNY303, Pre-Christmas Summer School paper

Tuesday 17h July, 2018

BTNY303 is run from 12 November 2018 to 15 December 2018, aims to provide a hands-on understanding of New Zealand plant species, the populations and communities of which they are a part, and the ecological relationships with the environments in which they occur.

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More information about BTNY303 is available on the Summer School website.

Department Seminar - Delivering genomic solutions to New Zealand's Biological Economy

Tuesday 17h July, 2018

Dr. Shannon Clarke from AgResearch, Invermay, Dunedin will be holding a seminar on Wednesday August 1st at 12 noon in the Betts seminar Room.

The title of Dr Clark's talk is Delivering genomic solutions to New Zealand's Biological Economy. More details are available on our seminar page

New Zealand International Science Festival

Friday 6th July, 2018

Botany's booth at the New Zealand International Science Festival was a tremendous success! A huge thanks to the staff, and in particular our post-grad students, who made it possible.

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Postgrad students and staff at the Botany booth

More information about the event

Department seminar - Esther Dale

Friday 23rd May, 2018

Our next seminar will be held by Esther Dale, PhD candidate. 

Esther's talk talk is titled Lineage diversification in relation to biomes: within or across biome boundaries?

More information about about Esther's seminar can be found on our seminars page.

Seminars are held at the Betts Workroom, 24 Union Street West at 12:00 pm.

Department T-shirt available 

Monday May 24th, 2018

We have designed some T-shirts for outreach and are planning to print them soon.

If you would like to buy a T-shirt please,  pre-order and pay by Wednesday next week. The cost is $25 and the available sizes are attached.

There will be printing on the front (Botany) and back (University of Otago, Department of Botany) on black T-shirts as per the images above.

2018 botany tee front2018 botany tee back

Department seminar - Esther Dale

Friday 23rd May, 2018
Monday April 23rd April, 2018

The 2018 John Smaillie Tennant Lecture will be presented by Dr Peter de Lange, Associate Professor of Environmental and Animal Sciences at Unitech Institute of Technology.

The title of Peter's is What’s in a name? The politics of plant systematics. More information about the lecture is available on our Tennant Lecture series page.

The Lecture will be held Thursday 24 May at  6 pm-7 pm in Archway 2 lecture Theater, Union Street East.

All welcome.

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Department seminar - Ian Geary

Monday April 23rd April, 2018

The department's next seminar will be held by Ian Geary, PhD Candidate of Geology and Botany. 

The title of Ian 's talk is Fossil plant and fungal floras of Auckland’s Pliocene.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 12.00 pm at the Betts Workroom, 42 Union Street Lecture Theatre, Union Street West.

More information can be found on our seminars page.

Department seminar - Sophie Fern

Wednesday March 28th, 2018

The next seminar will be held by Sophie Fern, PhD Candidate with Botany. 

Sophie's talk is titled Does non-human charisma affect conservation decisions in New Zealand?

Seminars are held at the Betts Workroom, 24 Union Street West at 12:00 pm.

More information can be found on our seminars page.

Department seminar - Professor Anna Sher

Thursday 15th march, 2018

The next seminar will be held by Sophie Fern, PhD Candidate with Botany. 

Professor Sheer's talk is titled Causes and consequences of exotic tree removal in riparian zones of the Southwestern US

Seminars are held at the Betts Workroom, 24 Union Street West at 12:00 pm.

More information about the talk can be found on our seminars page.

Department seminar - Professor Janneke Hille Ris Lambers

Friday 2nd March, 2018

Our next seminar will be held by Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Walker Endowed Professor of Natural History, University of Washington, Seattle. 

The title of Professor Hille Ris Lambers' talk is Forest Community Assembly in Response to Climate Change.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 14th, 12.00 pm Betts Workroom, Union Street Lecture Theatre, Union Street West.

More information can be found on our seminars page.

Department seminar - Professor Richard Gill

Tuesday 20th February, 2018

Our next seminar will be held by Professor Richard Gill, Department of Biology, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA. 

The title of Professor Gill's talk is On the Ecology and Evolution of Dehiscence in NZ Tussock Grasses.

Professor Gill's seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 28th, 12.00 pm, Betts Workroom, Union Street Lecture Theatre, Union Street West.

More information can be found on our seminars page.