Dianne Brunton – Professor of Ecology and Conservation, Massey University Auckland
(Te Apārangi Sponsored Speaker)
Professor Dianne Brunton is a behavioural ecologist and conservation biologist in the School of Natural Sciences at Massey University’s Auckland Campus. Dianne grew up in Auckland Tamaki Makaurau and completed a BSc and MSc in Zoology at the University of Auckland. Like many young kiwis, she then flew overseas to undertake her PhD studies. Dianne completed a PhD in Wildlife Biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. There she worked on the reproductive strategies of killdeer, (Charadrius vociferus), a large plover found throughout the Americas. She completed Postdocs at University of California, Berkeley on the adoption behaviour of western gulls (Larus occidentalis) and Yale University, Connecticut, on coloniality in least tern (Sternula antillarum). In 1991, Dianne returned to New Zealand to invest in her own reproductive effort and to take up an academic position at the University of Auckland. Dianne moved to Massey University, Auckland campus, in 2005, and established and led the Ecology and Conservation Group. Professor Brunton has a diversity of research interests in conservation and behavioural ecology, with innovative research contributions in the field of the cultural evolution of bird and has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and has been the primary supervisor to 37 PhD and 75 MSc students. In 2017, she was awarded the Massey University Research Medal for Supervision. Dianne is currently the Chair of the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund and a Scientific Advisor to TiME (This is My Earth), a non-profit international environmental organisation that offers every citizen of the world an opportunity to protect biodiversity.
- This lecture takes place in our Robin’s Nest building at Ngā Manu, 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Rd, Waikanae.
- Entry is by paper koha at the door
- Please arrive at 1.00 pm for tea and biscuits and to take your seat.
- The Lecture will start promptly at 1.30 pm and finishes at 3.00 pm.