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POSTPONED – Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Christoph Matthaei

Thursday, 14 October 2021 - Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union St East, Dunedin, Dunedin
This event has been postponed because of the change in Alert Levels.

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POSTPONED – Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Yolanda van Heezik

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 - Venue: Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East, Dunedin 9016, Dunedin
This event is postponed because of the change in Alert Levels.

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Double trouble: insecticide and climate warming impact stream insect communities

Thursday, 16 September 2021 9:51am

New research highlights the impact of one of the world's most widely used insecticides on stream macroinvertebrate communities in the context of climate change.

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After 10,000 years of inbreeding, kākāpō are in surprisingly good genetic health

Thursday, 9 September 2021 10:31am

Before humans made their way to New Zealand, the critically endangered flightless parrot known as the kākāpō likely numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

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Research establishes possum density in NZ’s urban environments

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 3:55pm

New Zealand’s first rigorous estimates of possum density in urban areas has been published by the University of Otago, forming baseline data for predator control modelling and planning for the country’s Predator Free 2050 vision. 

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Deforestation leads to flight loss in New Zealand insects

Thursday, 12 August 2021 12:03pm

A University of Otago study has revealed new evidence of rapid evolution in New Zealand’s native insect species in response to increased exposure to wind from the loss of shelter due to deforestation.

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Sarcasm and leopard seals victorious in 3MT competition

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 9:23am

PhD candidate Pradeesh Parameswaran (Computer Science) won the doctoral section of the competition, as well as the Peoples’ Choice Award, master's candidate Giverny Forbes (Zoology) won her category.

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Otago study outlines trail-blazing developments in conservation management

Monday, 9 August 2021 9:48am

Many of us enjoy the familiar surroundings of home, but what if we needed to move to a strange place for our survival?

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“Backpacking” hedgehogs take permanent staycation

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:00pm

New University of Otago research has been examining how alpine-based hedgehogs hibernate from a different perspective – their backs.