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Zoology Seminars

Semester 1, 2021

When: Friday, 12:00 midday

Venue: Benham Seminar Room (B215), Department of Zoology (unless otherwise noted)



Jemma Geoghegan, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Otago

Virus evolution and the COVID-19 pandemic


Felix Vaux, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Marine population genomics, from the open ocean to earthquake uplifted shores


Graham Wallis, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Putting the History back into Natural History: 44 years as a reformed population geneticist


Tara Murray, Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai

The kākāpō of the insect world: bringing bugs to the forefront of conservation science


Ursula Ellenberg, La Trobe University, Australia

Seabird conservation research between midnight sun and shadow lands


Marin Milotic, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Woylie parasite coextinction and conservation


Taylor Hamlin, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Do better hunters make better parents? Linking together the breeding and foraging ecology of Adélie penguins


Mid-semester break – No Seminar


Jean-François Doherty, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Elucidating the hidden infection dynamics between hairworms and their aquatic and terrestrial hosts


Jenny Jandt, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Is It a Bee? A citizen science approach to mapping the distribution of native bees in New Zealand


Dan Burgin, Wildlife Management International Limited, Blenheim

The NZ Bird Atlas & the power of citizen science (via Zoom)


Catriona MacLeod, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research

An evidence-based tool for biodiversity assessments for New Zealand farms


Scott Forrest, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

The Orokonui Kākā: Investigating the space use, resource selection and behaviours of a reintroduced population


Alexander Tups, Department of Physiology, University of Otago

From seasonal rodents to mice, zebrafish and humans: What can we learn about obesity and diabetes?

Contacts: Zoology Reception (479-7976) or Paul Szyszka (e-mail


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