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Winter Speaker Professor Claire Freeman – Planning for nature connection in cities

Nga Manu - Robin’s Nest Building 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Wellington, Waikanae, New Zealand

Professor Claire Freeman Professor Freeman is Programme Director for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Her main research interests are Environmental Planning, for and with children and young people, diversity, sustainable communities, places, and conservation planning with a focus on urban biodiversity. She has published books and academic [...]

Winter Speaker Dr Chrissie Painting – Mating in miniature

Nga Manu - Robin’s Nest Building 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Wellington, Waikanae, New Zealand

Senior Lecturer Dr Chrissie Painting  Chrissie is Senior Lecturer in Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science, and a Principal Investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence. She is a behavioural ecologist focussing on what drives diversity in animal mating systems with a particular interest in exaggerated traits (weapons & ornaments), and the fascinating mating strategies that accompany them. [...]

Winter Speaker Professor Ian Barber – Becoming Maori, becoming Moriori – archaeological research on the first Polynesian peoples of Zealandia

Nga Manu - Robin’s Nest Building 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Wellington, Waikanae, New Zealand

Professor Ian Barber Prof. Barber specialise in the study of dynamic historical environments including new uses of the past using innovative and interdisciplinary theory to investigate changing relationships between material and social environments. He has studied Māori and Moriori archaeology; cultural change and contact; archaeological resource management and politics; anthropology of revitalisation and religion; agricultural innovation and introductions in New [...]

Winter Speaker Peter Dearden – Kakapo Genomics

Nga Manu - Robin’s Nest Building 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Wellington, Waikanae, New Zealand

Professor Peter Dearden Peter is Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry at University of Otago, and Co-Director of Genomics Aotearoa, Deputy Director of Bioprotection Aotearoa. Peter’s research focuses on genomics to support conservation and primary production and developing new technologies in insects to either improve their use in primary production or develop novel pest control strategies. He will [...]

Winter Speaker John Innes – Predator control and conservation – a career retrospective

Nga Manu - Robin’s Nest Building 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Wellington, Waikanae, New Zealand

Senior Researcher – Wildlife Ecology John Innes John grew up in Taranaki and worked at the then Forest Research Institute in Rotorua, followed by time with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (Hamilton). He has charted the diverse paths of ecosanctuaries of various kinds and chairs the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for Maungatautari, the only large (3,300 ha) pest-fenced ecosanctuary. [...]