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Zoology Seminars

Semester 1, 2019

When: Friday, 12:00 midday

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



Dr. Pierre Pistorius, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Marine predator research through the South African National Antarctic Programme


Dr. Klemens Putz, Antarctic Research Trust, Zurich

Penguin research in the southwest Atlantic


Dr. Marvin Rosenau, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Monitoring of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in lower Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada


Prof. Graham Wallis, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Going under down under? Lineage ages show no evidence of the Oligocene marine transgression


Sven Stadtmann, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Finding a home - an ecological and economic framework for selecting species translocation sites

*Note: Special seminar on Wednesday, 12:00 midday, Benham Seminar Room


Jose Ricardo Paula, University of Lisbon

Cooperative behaviour and loss of cognitive sophistication in the oceans of tomorrow: the case of the cleaner fish

*Note: Special seminar on Friday, 10;00am, Benham Seminar Room


Prof. Michael Lynch, Department of Biology, Indiana University

The 5000 Daphnia pulex Genomes Project


Dr. Peter Gaube, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington

The use of mesoscale eddies by large pelagic fishes in the open ocean


Prof. Rune Knudsen, Institute for Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromso

Fish (hosts), parasites and climate change


Assoc. Prof. Crid Fraser, Department of Marine Science, University of Otago

From Antarctic volcanoes to New Zealand quakes: understanding physical drivers of Southern Hemisphere biodiversity patterns


Good Friday - No Seminar


Mid-semester Break - No Seminar


Javiera Cisternas, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Translocation management of Leiopelma archeyi in the King Country


Giverny Forbes, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

How citizen science changed everything we knew about the leopard seal in New Zealand


Prof. Stephen Robertson, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago

An evolutionary lens on brain developmental disorders – an evolutionary achilles’ heel?


CANCELLED - Dr. Melanie Laird, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

Unravelling the mysteries of marsupial pregnancy and development


No Seminar


Kerry Walton, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Using large museum databases to examine big picture questions: parallels of phylo- and biogeography

Contacts: Zoology Reception (479-7976) or Nic Rawlence (e-mail


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