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Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Yolanda van Heezik

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, 75 Albany Street, Dunedin North
Professor Yolanda Van Heezik of the Department of Zoology delivers her Inaugural Professorial Lecture discussing urban ecological research in New Zealand.

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Prestigious honour for ground-breaking honey bee researcher

Thursday, 12 May 2022 3:55pm

University of Otago Emerita Professor Alison Mercer ONZM is “still in a state of shock” after learning she has been elected an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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DNA provides unique look at moa and climate change

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 9:30am

Ancient moa DNA has provided insights into how species react to climate change, a University of Otago study has found.

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Three Otago master's students excited to win annual DOC scholarships

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 8:33am

Three of the 10 annual Department of Conservation scholarship recipients are Otago master's students - Katie Fenton, Cailie Ward and Johanna Kann.

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New non‑destructive DNA method opens opportunities

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 9:17am

A new method of obtaining ancient genomic data without damaging source material has been developed by University of Otago researchers, creating new opportunities for museum and archaeological collections worldwide.

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Summer in Kaikoura a valuable experience for wildlife management student

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 1:02pm

An Otago Master's student spent her summer gaining valuable hands on experience working with banded dotterels in Kaikoura.

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Blue-eyed shags survive Ice Age in New Zealand

Monday, 28 March 2022 9:18am

The genetic whakapapa of New Zealand’s blue-eyed shags stretches back millions of years – outliving their close relatives throughout the Ice Age – University of Otago research has found.

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Big duck discovery

Thursday, 10 March 2022 10:36am

One of the richest fossil sites in New Zealand has revealed a new species of large, extinct, duck.

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The Otago Postgraduate Association (OPA) here to help postgrads

Thursday, 10 March 2022 3:37pm

OPA hopes to increase its visibility among postgrad students this year.

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2022’s OUSA Postgraduate Representative keen to address finance, communication issues

Thursday, 10 March 2022 3:27pm

Postgrad Rep keen to address finance, communication issues.

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What is it like starting your PhD from overseas?

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 1:48pm

Three remote start students share what it's like beginning their PhD far from Otago University's campus.

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More than 100 Otago University PhDs begun overseas

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 1:51pm

Since 2020 there have been 129 remote start students who have begun their PhD course from overseas.

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What happened to Māori people’s way of life when the moa went extinct?

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 11:42am

An excavation site at Doctors Point is helping to shed light on a little-known part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s history.

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Irreplaceable Professor Phil ‘Frogman’ Bishop posthumously wins at annual awards

Friday, 4 March 2022 3:43pm

Professor Phil Bishop posthumously received the Dean’s Medal for Contribution to Supervision in recognition of his outstanding efforts in supporting Zoology and Ecology postgraduate students.