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Past Zoology Seminars

Semester 1, 2020

28.February

Dr Pablo Tortosa, Université de La Réunion

Mammal diversity in Madagascar and neighbouring islands: impact of species introduction on the transmission of zoonotic pathogens to humans

6.March

Assoc Prof Caroline Beck, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Telling tales with tadpole tails

13.March

Dr Monica Tromp, South Pacific Archaeological Research, University of Otago

How to see a forest without the trees

Semester 2, 2019

   

12.July

Dr Bridie Allan, Department of Marine Science, University of Otago

Environmental influences on anti-predator behaviour in fishes

19.July

Professor Richard Barker, Pro Vice Chancellor, Sciences, University of Otago

What every Zoologist who uses and teaches confidence intervals should know

26.July

Associate Professor Mark Lokman, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Adventures in Myanmar

2.August

Morgan Meyers, Department of Botany, University of Otago

Zooplankton distribution along the Munida Transect

9.August

Associate Professor Trent Smith, Department of Economics, University of Otago

The role of economic insecurity in the global epidemic of human obesity

16.August

Dr Michael Garratt, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

Life-history trade-offs, aging and sexual selection

23.August

Richard White, Manager Copyright and Open Access, University of Otago

Open Access

6.September

Jennifer Cattermole, Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts

Taonga pūoro: Ngā reo o te whenua (voices of the land)

13.September

Dr Melanie Laird, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

Possums and primordial germ cells: exploiting biological quirks for biocontrol

20.September

Dr Graham McCulloch, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Flightless flies? The evolution of New Zealand's wingless alpine stoneflies

4.October

Scott MacIndoe, Legasea, Fish for the People

New Zealand fisheries management

11.October

Dr Andrew Anglemyer, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago

The Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases in Humans and the Role of Ecology: A Success Story?

Semester 1, 2019

   

22.February

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

Marine predator research through the South African National Antarctic Programme

1.March

Dr. Klemens Putz, Antarctic Research Trust, Zurich

Penguin research in the southwest Atlantic

8.March

Dr. Marvin Rosenau, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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

15.March

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

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

20.March

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

22.March

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

22.March

Prof. Michael Lynch, Department of Biology, Indiana University

The 5000 Daphnia pulex Genomes Project

29.March

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

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

5.April

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

Fish (hosts), parasites and climate change

12.April

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

3.May

Javiera Cisternas, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Translocation management of Leiopelma archeyi in the King Country

10.May

Giverny Forbes, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

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

17.May

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

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

7.June

Kerry Walton, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

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

Semester 2, 2018

   

13.July

Professor Malcolm MacIver, Mechanical Engineering and Neurobiology, Northwestern University, USA

Can ecology induce cognition?

20.July

Anh Tuan Nguyen, Department of Zoology

Biological functions of gonadotropic hormones during the early stages of ovarian development in shortfinned eel

27.July

Professor Robert Poulin, Department of Zoology

Division of labour and the secret social lives of parasites

3.August

Professor Gerry Closs, Department of Zoology

Larvae and life history: do larval needs drive freshwater fish distribution and life history?

10.August

Luke Easton, Department of Zoology

Taxonomy and genetic management of New Zealand native frogs

17.August

Professor Malcolm Forster, Philosophy of Science, Fudan University, Shanghai

Statistics and the challenge of complexity: An illustration from ecology

24.August

Dr Travis Ingram, Department of Zoology

The dimensionality of individual niche variation

7.September

Professor Alison Mercer, Department of Zoology

Oh, Beehave!

14.September

Marine Richarson, Department of Zoology

Bullied bullies: Effects of antagonistic interactions on individual specialisation of a small native fish

21.September

Dr Priscilla Wehi, Landcare Research, Dunedin

Scientific explorations in the socioecological interface

28.September

Professor Robin Kundis Craig, University of Utah

Interaction between climate change, water management and law

5.October

Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann, Department of Zoology

Linking science and management for effective long-term conservation: A case study of black-fronted terns

12.October

Dr Kalinka Rexer-Huber, Department of Zoology

A birds’ eye view of Southern Ocean change: abundance, connectivity and tracking of circumpolar petrels

19.October

Dr. Luke Eberhart-Phillips, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany

Avian breeding systems: Diversity, origins, and implications for conservation

Semester 1, 2018   

   

2.March

Dr. Ludovic Dutoit, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

The genomic landscape of diversity, perspectives from the collared flycatcher

9.March

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

The phylogenetic legacy of hybridisation in freshwater fishes: revisiting Hubbs 1955

16.March

Christina Service, Applied Conservation Science Laboratory, University of Victoria, Canada

Intrapopulation niche diversity over large spatial scales: spatial patterns inform conservation of bear-salmon systems in coastal British Columbia, Canada.

23.March

Dr. Simone Langhans, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Managing ecosystems for people and the environment: a watershed moment for New Zealand's freshwaters?

13.April

Sven Stadtmann, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Selecting translocation sites of endangered species: a review of release site assessments and the role of the habitat concept in the context of reintroduction biology

20.April

Assoc. Prof. Christoph Matthaei, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

ExStream research: multiple-stressor impacts of agriculture on stream ecosystems

27.April

Olwyn Friesen, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Parasite-mediated interspecific interactions in a community of crustaceans

4.May

Dr. Philip Greenspoon, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Models of species interactions in evolution and ecology: parasite-driven evolution of host mutation rate and mate choice & how Allee effects can promote species coexistence

11.May

Prof. Phil Bishop, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

How to survive for 3 weeks in the jungle with a bunch of undergraduate students! (reflections on ECOL314 Tropical Field Ecology)

18.May

Prof. Gerry Closs, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Larvae and life history: do larval needs drive freshwater fish distribution and life history?

25.May

Dr. Ralf Ohlemuller, Department of Geography, University of Otago

Should I stay or should I go: the biogeography of shifting climate space

1.June

Dr. Jamie Wood, Long Term Ecology Laboratory, Landcare Research

Reconstructing moa diet and palaeoecology using ancient DNA

Semester 2, 2017

21.July

Dr Amy Taylor, Department of Pathology, University of Otago

Modelling Rare Disease in Xenopus laevis using CRISPR/Cas9

28.July

Dr Lyn Wise, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Otago

From Orf virus to proud flesh – development of a wound healing biologic

4.August

Matthew Wylie, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Reproductive physiology of wreckfish (hāpuku) Polyprion oxygeneios in captivity

11.August

Dr Rachel Page, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Panama

Learning, flexibility and memory: cognitive ecology of an eavesdropping bat

18.August

Dr Emma Sherratt, Genetics & Evolution Department, University of Adelaide

Macroevolution in morphospace

25.August

Dr Belinda Cridge, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Otago

Toxicology, agriculture, health and the environment: herbicide tolerant swedes as an example of applied toxicology

8.September

Gert Jan Jeunen, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

Environmental DNA (eDNA) as an alternative to traditional monitoring

15.September

Prof Liz Slooten, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Implementing science at the international level: Discussions about New Zealand dolphins at the International Whaling Commission and the IUCN

22.September

Bruce McKinlay, Department of Conservation, Dunedin

Implementing science at the international level: Progress report on godwits and the east asian-australasian flyway

29.September

Leida dos Santos, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Environmental education to help prevent the decline of amphibians, including New Zealand's native frogs

6.October

Dr Stephen Sowerby (Otago Innovation), David Powell (Enterprise), Prof Alison Heather (Department of Physiology), Hon Pete Hodgson (Otago Innovation), Dr Gavin Clark (Research and Enterprise)

Industry Engagement: Increasing research impact

13.October

Prof Kerry Shephard (Higher Education Development Centre), Kim Brown (College of Education), Prof Liz Slooten (Department of Zoology)

Environmental literacy, global perspective and social responsibility: Some departmental perspectives

Semester 1, 2017

3.March

Assoc. Prof. Melody Bernot, Ball State University, Indiana

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in freshwater ecosystems: Abundance, fate and effects

10.March

Emeritus Prof. Wolfgang Schneider, Medical University of Vienna

Evolution of yolk sac transport mechanisms

17.March

Prof. Ewan Fordyce, Department of Geology, University of Otago

Zealandia – the cradle of penguin evolution

24.March

Dr. John Richardson, University of British Columbia

Controls on rates of ecosystem functions by food web structure and cross –ecosystem fluxes

31.March

Dr. Davide Santoro, Victoria University of Wellington

I, Yellowjacket. Individuality in the common wasp, Vespula vulgaris

7.April

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

Split NZ: phylogeographic breaks in the South Island fauna and their causes

28.April

Jason Augspurger, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Early life-history of a landlocked amphidromous fish: Migration, critical traits and ontogeny

5.May

Prof. Daphne Lee, Department of Geology, University of Otago

Southern Zealandia during the Oligocene/Miocene “nondrowning”: Diverse terrestrial ecosystems and biogeographic implications

12.May

Dr. Michael Knapp, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

Megafaunal extinctions from mammoths to Auks – the controversy continues

19.May

Prof. Jon Waters, Department of Zoology, University of Otago

Use it or lose it? Evolution of New Zealand’s flightless alpine insects

26.May

Assoc. Prof. Adrian Paterson, Lincoln University

The Habit: Unexpected journeys are probably common in New Zealand species biogeography

2.June

Prof. Mike Bunce, Curtin University, Perth

‘Sequencing the world’ – how DNA metabarcoding can assist in reconstructing ecosystem composition both past and present
(joint seminar with Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, and Department of Anatomy)

Semester 2, 2016

15.July

Professor Hamish Spencer, Department of Zoology

Sexually antagonistic selection and the evolution of genetic dominance

22.July

Dr Miles Lamare, Department of Marine Science

The role of tropical echinoderms in future, warmer coral reef ecosystems

29.July

Sophie Fern, Department of Zoology

Conservation tales: the assumption of happily ever after

5.August

Dr Andrew Veale, Department of Zoology

Using parallel convergent evolution to identify genes linked to reproductive ecotypes in sockeye salmon

12.August

Charles Ellen, Department of Zoology

Dopamine signalling in the brain of the honeybee

19.August

Sven Stadtmann, Department of Zoology

Ecological and socio-economic aspects of selecting translocation sites for endangered species: Finding a new home for New Zealand's South Island Takahē Porphyrio hochstetteri

26.August

Anthony Davidson, University of Canberra

From whales to mice: Applying population modelling tools from marine to terrestrial ecosystems

9.September

Dr Glenn Simmons, University of Auckland

Closer to reality: Sixty four years of unreported and dumped marine catch, New Zealand 1950-2013

16.September

Matthew Wylie, Department of Zoology

Reproductive physiology and aquaculture of Hapuku (wreckfish) Polyprion oxygeneios

23.September

Dr Tim Connallon, Monash University

The population genetics of sexually antagonistic variation

30.September

Tom Bishop, Department of Zoology

Mechanisms of Regeneration

7.October

Anthony Stumbo, Department of Zoology

Behaviour and effects on the host of a free-moving parasite in the eyes of fish

14.October

Scott Jarvie, Department of Zoology

Reintroduction biology of tuatara: what mainland sites appear climatically suitable for translocation?

Semester 1, 2016

4.March

Dr Will Cornwell, University of New South Wale

A geographic mosaic of climate change impacts on terrestrial vegetation: Which areas are most at risk?

11.March

Keith King, Department of Zoology

Phylogeography, physiology and the evolution of melanism in the alpine tree wētā, Hemideina maori

18.March

Chris Niebuhr, Department of Zoology

Avian malaria transmission dynamics in New Zealand: investigating host and vector relationships along an elevational gradient

8.April

Maddalena Fumagalli, Department of Zoology

Conservation of the spinner dolphin in the Egyptian Red Sea

15.April

Emeritus Prof Colin Townsend, Department of Zoology

From Pooh Corner to Middle Earth - the ecological journey of a lifetime

22.April

Dr. Clement Lagrue, Department of Zoology

Connect the dots: network analysis of parasitism within food webs…and other bits and pieces you can do with a large dataset

29.April

Dr. Jennifer Jandt, Department of Zoology

Effects of maternal care on the long-term developmental fate of offspring: A case study with social wasps

6.May

Dr. Nicolas Rawlence, Department of Zoology

How ancient DNA can help us understand the biological heritage of New Zealand's unique fauna

13.May

Benedikt Holtmann, Department of Zoology

Animal personality in dunnocks (Prunella modularis)

20.May

Associate Prof Alison Cree, Department of Zoology

The secret thermal life of the 'common gecko': not so common after all

27.May

Dr. Graeme Oatley, Department of Zoology

Exploring the role of habitat in shaping avian diversity in southern Africa

3.June

Kiri Pullar, Department of Zoology

Functional design of the electrosensory system in sharks: how accessory structures, peripheral receptors and the central nervous system shape information transmission

Semester 2, 2015

10.July

Professor Hamish Spencer, Department of Zoology

Eugenic sterilization in New Zealand: The story of the Mental Defectives Amendment Act of 1928

17.July

Fabiola Rodriguez Estrada, Centre of Scientific and Technological Research, Guerrero, Mexico

The use of the visual design for engaging non-experts into science

24.July

Professor Andre Everett, International Business

Tea - Plants That Changed the World

31.July

Dr Sarah Baird, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Mesenchymal stem cells in cancer: part of the solution or part of the problem?

7.August

Gabriela Parra Olea, Instituto de Biologia, UNAM

Diversity and Conservation of Mexican Salamanders

14.August

Georgina Pickerell, Department of Zoology

Going with the flow: braided river islands as refugia from introduced mammalian predators

21.August

Professor Mike Colombo, Department of Psychology

Wither the primate pedestal

4.September

Robert Odolinski, School of Surveying

On the Multi-GNSS Precise Positioning Performance in New Zealand

11.September

Karen Greig, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology & Department of Anatomy

It's a dog’s life: Archaeology, ancient DNA & dogs in Aotearoa New Zealand

18.September

Alexander Arkhipkin, Falkland Islands Fisheries Department (William Evans Fellow)

Short-living versus long-living: different growth strategies in cephalopods and fishes

25.September

Dr Don Jellyman, NIWA

Freshwater eels – the advantages of being flexible in body and behaviour

2.October

Stefan Meyer, Department of Zoology

Evaluating threats to New Zealand sea lions with respect to life history strategy

9.October

Professor Alison Heather, Department of Physiology

The Doping Arms Race: Androgen Abuse in Sports

Semester 1, 2015

27.February

Dr Thomas Mattern, Department of Zoology 

The pros and cons of being a benthic forager: how anthropogenic alterations of the seafloor affect Yellow-eyed penguins

6.March

Dr Helen Taylor, Department of Anatomy

Inbreeding depression in our only recovering ratite: the little spotted kiwi

13.March

Professor Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University, USA

Evolution of reproductive capacity: lessons from African and Hawaiian Drosophila
(Jointly sponsored by Genetics Otago)

20.March

Professor Paul James, Central Washington University, USA

Applied Road Ecology: Using highway construction projects to enhance ecological connectivity

27.March

Dr Patrice Rosengrave, Department of Anatomy

Postcopulatory sexual selection: fussy females and sneaky males

17.April

Colin MacLeod, Department of Zoology

The effects of ocean acidification on host-parasite associations

24.April

Judy Rodda, Department of Surveying and Department of Zoology

Analysis and geovisualisation of Hector's dolphin abundance and distribution patterns in space and time

1.May

Associate Professor Jesse Bering, Centre for Science Communication

Suicide from an evolutionary perspective: Is it a human cognitive specialisation?

8.May

Dr Robert Hofstede, International Consultant - Tropical Nature Conservation and Environmental Policy

Large-scale nature conservation in tropical South America: what are the main challenges and what is the role of science?

15.May

Amanda Valois, Department of Zoology

Parasite dynamics in freshwater plankton communities: ecology and phylogeny of a copepod brood parasite

22.May

Stefanie Grosser, Department of Zoology

Long term resident or recent invader? The Australian little penguin in southern New Zealand

29.May

Dr Michael Knapp, Department of Anatomy

Evolution and conservation of the New Zealand bird fauna - a genomic approach

5.June

Junichi Sugishita, Department of Zoology

Provisioning and foraging strategies of Northern royal albatross at Taiaroa Head/Pukekura, New Zealand and their relation to fisheries

Semester 2, 2014

11.July

 

Dr Brian Paavo, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA

Where science meets policy: Experiences from RMA and EEZ

18.July

Dr Jolene Sutton, Department of Biology, University of Hawai’i, USA

Applying evolution to conservation: mosquito-borne avian disease control in Hawai’i

25.July

Dr Jane Kitson, Te Ao Marama Incorporated, Invercargill

Waimaori: a Southern Maori perspective on freshwater management. From flaxroots to the National Objectives Framework.

1.August

Kerry Weston, Department of Zoology

The conservation genetics of rock wren (Xenicus gilviventris): adventures with very small birds in very big mountains

8.August

Dr Adrian Paterson, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lincoln University

There and back again: Drowning, dispersal, vicariance and shaping of the New Zealand biota

15.August

Professor Kerry Shephard, Higher Education Development Centre

Education for sustainability, and for citizenship: Could we, should we, would we?

22.August

Sophie Fern, Department of Zoology

Non-human charisma and its role in science communication

5.September

Aurelien Vivancos, Department of Zoology

Investigating movement and spatial structure of free-ranging shoaling fish using fine-scale three-dimensional analysis

12.September

Rachel Buxton, Department of Zoology

Ecological drivers of seabird recovery after predator eradication

19.September

Dr Ceridwen Fraser, School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

From buoyant bull-kelp to beetle incest, penguin parasites and polar volcanoes: using diverse systems to test evolutionary hypotheses

26.September

Peter Jones, Department of Zoology

Life history variation in the Galaxias vulgaris complex: implications for species

3.October

Dr Andreas Bruder, Department of Zoology

Lamb or beef? Consequences of agricultural intensification on stream ecosystems

10.October

Katie O'Dwyer, Department of Zoology

New Zealand rocky shore snails and their trematodes: a new system, new parasites and new insights

Semester 1, 2014

28.February

Grant Humphries, Department of Zoology & Centre for Sustainability

Long term trends in sooty shearwaters (Tītī; Puffinus griseus): Using a culturally important seabird to predict shifts in the Southern Oscillation 

7.March

Dr Zofia Prokop, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Good genes hypothesis of sexual selection - should it stay or should it go?

14.March

Dr Aldina Franco, University of East Anglia, UK

Conservation Ecology in a changing world: from science to practice

21.March

Dr Tim Parker, Whitman Collage, US

What do we really know about the signalling role of plumage colour in blue tits? A case study of impediments to progress in evolutionary biology

28.March

Emily Weiser, Department of Zoology

How much is enough? Informing genetic management of small or reintroduced populations.

4.April

Catherine Collins, Department of Zoology

Phylogeography and population structure in past and present New Zealand sea lions

11.April

Bastian Egeter, Department of Zoology

Estimating the impact of introduced mammals on the world's most endangered amphibians using DNA-based diet analysis

2.May

Dr Elodie Urlacher, Department of Zoology

Learning under stress: the development of stress responsiveness in honey bees

9.May

Dr Fanny Maure, Department of Zoology

Ecology and evolution of the bodyguard manipulation: study of the system Dinocampus coccinellae Coleomegilla maculata

16.May

Nicolas Dussex, Department of Zoology

Conservation genetics of the kea (Nestor notabilis)

23.May

Dr Anne Besson, Department of Zoology

Forewarned and forearmed against an unfavourable environment: maternal effects on offspring phenotype in mammals

30.May

Professor Michael Jennions, Australian National University

From strength to length: predicting sexual selection and human penis size

Semester 2, 2013

12.July

David Wharton, Department of Zoology

Noses, ions and nematodes: my most difficult project

19.July

David Christensen and Garth Hendry

Commercialisation and the two letter word – IP – Dispelling some myths

26.July

Nic Rawlence, Department of Zoology

Using ancient DNA to investigate the lives and behaviour of the extinct New Zealand moa

2.August

Grant Gillett, Bioethics Centre

The moral brain

9.August

Janet Stephenson, CSAFE

Sustainable for whom? Challenges and possibilities in coastal fisheries management

16.August

Ali Falahatimarvast, Department of Zoology

Oocyte-somatic cell communication in New Zealand shortfinned eel, Anguilla australis: involvement of growth differentiation factor-9 system

23.August

Sheri Johnson, Department of Zoology

Male age and mating system dynamics: application to fisheries and fertility

6.September

Felix Marx, Department of Geology

Leviathans sporting on the foaming wave - baleen whale evolution through deep time

13.September

Khalid Alqaisi, Department of Zoology

Reproductive cycle of New Zealand Cushion Sea Star Patiriella regularis

20.September

Jamie McQuillan, Department of Zoology

What makes a dumb bee smart? Factors modulating learning and behaviour in the honeybee

27.September

Sourav Paul, Department of Zoology

Life-history and distribution of estuarine mysids: an approach through physiological-ecology

4.October

Knudsen Rune, University of Tromsø

Incipient speciation

11.October

Erin Forbes, Department of Zoology

A spoon full of androgens makes the lipids go round

17.October

(Thursday, 12pm)

Andrea Byrom, Landcare Research

Predator-Free New Zealand: how should ecologists respond to such a grandiose opportunity?

17.October

(Thursday, 4pm)

Phil Weinstein, University of South Australia

Environmental change, disease, and biodiversity

25.October

Marcus Byrne, University of the Witwatersrand

Hot Feet & Cool Heads – Curiosity and Scepticism as Drivers of Discovery

Semester 1, 2013

22.February

Dr Heleen Verlinden, KU Leuven, Belgium

Molecular basis underlying behavioural changes during phase transition in the desert locust

1.March

Distinguished Professor Curt Lively (Hon, FRSNZ) Indiana University

Through the looking glass: host-parasite coevolution and sex

8.March

Professor Emerita Diane Paul, University of Massachusetts Boston and Harvard University

The PKU paradox: How a rare disorder changed medicine and public health

15.March

Lee Traynor, Leibniz University, Germany

Thinking through evolution

22.March

Dr Matthias Galipaud, Laboratoire Biogéosciences, Université de Bourgogne

Crustacean foreplays and the link between mating preferences and mating patterns

12.April

Yair Kohn, Department of Zoology

Egg quality in hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios)

19.April

Judy Rodda, Departments of Zoology & Surveying

Te Waewae Bay Hector's Dolphins...what do we know now that we didn't know before?

26.April

Dr Liegh Torres, NIWA

Tagged marine megafauna as oceanographers

3.May

Alistair Senior, Department of Zoology

Dude looks like a lady: environmental sex reversal in fish and fish populations

10.May

Melanie Lloyd, Department of Zoology

Sociality in parasite colonies: A division of labour in the trematode Philophthalmus sp.

17.May

Elaine Leung, Department of Zoology

Size and experience matter: foraging behaviour of juvenile New Zealand sealions

24.May

Professor Steve Adolph, Harvey Mudd College, California

Physiological, population and evolutionary ecology in California lizards

31.May

Amy Taylor, Department of Zoology

The role of epigenetics in regeneration

Semester 2, 2012

13.July

Harold Bernhardt, Department of Biochemistry

The origin and early evolution of life: From the Moon-forming impact to the RNA world

20.July

Chris Hepburn, Department of Marine Science

The benefits of science and community partnerships at the East Otago Taiāpure

27.July

Sam Mann, Otago Polytechnic

Sustainable lens: Challenges and opportunities for every discipline

3.August

Sourav Paul, Department of Zoology

Conserving Indian Sundarban: An alternative approach through economic incentive model for conservation

10.August

Rajesh Katare, Department of Physiology

The influence of diabetes on ageing of the heart

17.August

Generation Zero

Planning for sustainability at Otago University

24.August

Abby Smith, Department of Marine Science

Extinction by dissolution? Argonauts at risk in a changing sea

7.September

Viktoria Kahui, Department of Economics

Search and destroy: A bioeconomic analysis of orange roughy fisheries on seamounts in New Zealand

14.September

Brent Sinclair, University of Western Ontario

Burning while frozen: Ectotherm energy use in changing winters

21.September

Eduardo Santos, Department of Zoology

Dunnocks in the garden: What a stroll in the park can tell us about mating systems and parental care

28.September

Catherine Grueber, Department of Zoology

Natural selection and genetic drift in threatened New Zealand species

5.October

Elizabeth Duncan, Department of Biochemi;

The evolution of reproductive constraint: How does the Queen honeybee stop her workers from reproducing?

12.October

Sheena Townsend, Department of Zoology

Heterozygosity fitness correlations and inbreeding in a reintroduced population of Stewart Island robins

Semester 1, 2012

2.March

David Winter, Department of Zoology

Could the Rarotongan Lamprocystis radiation have arisen by sympatric speciation?

9.March

Prof Daniel Potter, University of Kentucky, USA

Host-finding by native and invasive scarab pests: biological insights suggest new management options

16.March

Dr Murray Efford, Department of Zoology

Counting song birds: new approaches using sound recording

23.March

Dr Jason Julian, Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

Land use change effects on river ecosystems

30.March

Dr Sheri Johnson, Department of Anatomy

Are old males still good males and can females tell the difference?

20.April

Prof Richard Holdaway, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury

Two sites good, one site bad: moa biology, environment and extinction in North Canterbury

27.April

Dr Martin Krokosek, Department of Zoology

Noisy clockwork of salmon population cycles, infections, and slowing down

4.May

Dr Lee Hsiang Liow, Department of Biology, University of Oslo

Extinctions in the past-do you think you can infer anything without the fossil record?

11.May

Dr Torbjørn Ergon, Department of Biology, University of Oslo

Life-history patterns in a cyclic small rodent population

18.May

Assoc Prof Ian Jamieson, Department of Zoology

How the rat re-invasion of Ulva Island affected the wildlife, the community and our research

25.May

Jeff Vanderpham, Department of Zoology

The common bully, not just a childhood foe: phenotypic variation in most widespread but poorly understood fish

1.June

Dr Clement Lagrue, Department of Zoology

Cryptic diversity in a widely distributed amphipod: testing for reproductive isolation, effects on size homogamy and differential parasitism