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2016 Seminars

18th FebTe RadarRadar’s Antarcticology
24th MarchAndrew Glaser, DOCWhio in Partnership
21st AprilLorne Roberts, UnitecStudents in the Lost World of Borneo 
19th MayLuis Ortiz-Catedral, Massey UniversityGreen bundles of magic: monitoring orange-fronted parakeets on NZ's islands 
16th JuneDan Godoy, Massey UniversityDinosaurs on our doorstep: marine turtles in NZ
21st JulyMegan Friesen, University of AucklandSeabird senses: the sensory perception and conservation of petrels
18th AugIan Fraser, Auckland Zoo Beyond the zoo gates - the growth of field conservation at Auckland Zoo
15th SeptVanessa Rowe, ZSA Grant recipientEnsuring tigers stay wild in Sumatra
20th OctKevin & Gill AdsheadOur journey to releasing kiwi at Mataia
17th NovSiouxsie Wiles, University of AucklandGlowing grubs & superbugs:when science & nature collide

2015 Seminars

16th JulyAndrew Coers, Auckland ZooSomething about elephants ... 
20th August South Pacific Animal Welfare, ZSA Grant Recipients Veterinary Care, Tongan Style... Take 2 
15th October Riley Eliot, University of Auckland How including the public in current scientific research has helped the plight of sharks 
17th SeptemberEmma Cronin, Glenfern Sanctuary, Great Barrier IslandTaiko Across the Pacific - a remarkable endemic NZ bird
19th NovemberJoshua Guilbert (University of Auckland), Ben Paris (Auckland Council), Debra Searchfield (Auckland Zoo) Special Triple Bill: Batty about bats: captive care, monitoring and translocation

Click on topic title for information poster for each seminar.

Click here to download the 2015 seminar list.

2014 Seminars

19th February The Bugman - Ruud Kleinpaste The value of life: Biodiversity, biomimicry and the worth of all things biological
6th March
Double Bill
Dave Houston
Our penguins - the ecology and conservation of NZ pernguins
Dr Karen Stockin
Massey University
Blubber science - mammalogy and its application in NZ waters
3rd April Steve Hathaway NZ's story just got more spectacular - 93% of NZ's territory is an underwater wonderland 
1st May Craig Knapp, Auckland Zoo Auckland Zoo, Urban Ark
22nd May Laura Harvey, ZSA Grant Recipient Veterinary Care: Tongan Style
12th JuneNicholas Malone, University of Auckland Primatology and Anthropology: Lessons from the Field
17th July Bruce Murdock, Auckland Zoo Hands on Cats
7th August David Mules, WWF Reconnecting Northland - Restoration on a Grand Scale
28th August Darren Grover, Project Jonah Beached As!  Whale Rescue in New Zealand
25th September Bruce Gooney, White Shark Conservation Trust Changes in Public Perception Toward the White Shark Over the Last 50 Years
16th October Jaqueline Beggs, University of Auckland Challenges for incorporating invertebrates into restoration projects
6th November Mick Clout, Kakapo Trust Bird conservation in the last place on earth

Click on topic title for information poster for each seminar.

Click here to download 2014 seminar list.

2013 Seminars

21st FebruaryErin Ivory
Elephant Consultant at Franklin Zoo
Elephant Management; Past, Present and Future
21st MarchKim White
Co-founder Project Rambo
Life at a Chimpanzee Rescue Centre in Africa
18th April Dr Emma Carroll
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Auckland
Maternally-directed fidelity shapes recovery and connectivity of Southern Right Whales
16th May Richard Gibson
Curator, Auckland Zoo
There be dragons...
13th JuneMatt Maitland
Auckland Council
Carefully planned surprises - restoration of Tawharanui and Shakespear Open Sanctuaries
11th July Chrissie Painting
University of Auckland
Sex, conflict and Sneaks; the evolution of weaponry and alternative mating tactics of the NZ Giraffe Weevil
20th AugustIneke Smets
Using falconry as a tool for captive management of raptors
19th SeptemberProf John Montgomery
University of Auckland
The brain behind the jaws - brain, behaviour and evolution in sharks
21st NovemberTamsin Orr-Walker
Kea Conservation Trust
150 years of persecution - will we ever be able to live with the kea?


2012 Seminars

16th FebruarySteve Hathaway and Dr Ingrid Visser
Marine double bill
Who Eats Sharks for Breakfast? - note later start (7.00pm) and finish (approx. 8.30pm)
21st MarchCath Nichols
Zoo keeper, Hamilton Zoo and ZSA Grant recipient
Project Rambo - Sharing Knowledge and Experience in Malaysia
26th April Dr Robert Hoare
Landcare Research
Butterflies and Moths Around Auckland
23rd May Susan Mills
Zoo keeper, Auckland Zoo
Conservation in Sumatra
14th June Sarah Wells
PhD student, Massey University
Tui population dynamics and Genetic Diversity
25th July Dr Bethany Jackson
Resident veterinarian, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine
Naked Kakariki! What is causing feather loss in these vulnerable New Zealand parakeets?
16th August Dr Karen Stockin
Lecturer, Massey University
The New Zealand Common Dolphin Project
5th SeptemberLauren Booth POSTPONED TO 2013
Zoo keeper, Auckland Zoo and ZSA Grant recipient
East meets West - Cultural exchange between Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Auckland Zoo
27th SeptemberDr David Pattemore
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd
Bats and Rats: the importance of mammals as pollinators in New Zealand forests
24th OctoberDr Todd Dennis
Lecturer, Auckland University
The spatialisation of animal behaviour: where are we now, and where are we going?

Click here to download 2012 seminar list.


Seminars and Events in 2010

Seminars and Associated Field Trips

Two of our 2010 seminars had associated field trips:-

  • The seminar planned for 18th June on "Animal Behaviour" will have an associated field trip on the Saturday or Sunday of the following weekend
  • The seminar planned for 19 November on "Obesity and Marathons: The Annual Cycle of Bar-tailed Godwits" will have an associated visit to the Miranda Shorebird Centre to see the Godwits and other migratory waders on Saturday 21 November.

click on speakers' names for seminar details

18th November Professor Russell Gray
University of Auckland
Tool manufacture, culture & cognition: New Caledonian crows as a model system
20th November Field Trip (to be confirmed)
21st October Professor Mike Walker
University of Auckland
Animal magnetism: The magnetic sense and its use in long distance navigation by animals
16th September Maj de Poorta - Ark in the Park
Hazel Speed - DoC
A Conservation Medley to celebrate Conservation Week
Ark in the Park - Look Mum No Fence
Kokako: Recovery in the Hunua Ranges
19th August Dr Maurice Curtis
Senior Lecturer, Auckland University
New brain cells for old brains: what one species tells us about the next
22nd July Curator of Land Vertebrates
Auckland Museum
The land vertebrates collection at Auckland museum – scope, importance and history
17th June Catherine Nichols
Senior Primate Keeper, Hamilton Zoo
Chimp Rescue (working title) PLUS FIELD TRIP
20th June Catherine Nichols
Senior Primate Keeper, Hamilton Zoo
FIELD TRIP: Hamilton Zoo visit - includes exclusive behind the scenes tour. Watch this space for further details.
20th May Associate Professor Dianne Brunton
Massey University
The role of song in the life history strategies of the New Zealand Bellbird
15th April Steph Behrens
Senior Species Manager, NZ Fauna, Zoo and Aquarium Association
Bryde’s Whale and Vessel Collisions in Northern New Zealand
18th March Dr John Perrott
Senior Lecturer, Unitec New Zealand
The Enigma of Range Limitation in New Zealand Kookaburra
18th February Peter Fraser
Conservation Officer Auckland Zoo
Conservation in Zoos -21st Century Style

Seminars in 2009

Date SpeakerTopic
19th November Keith WoodleyObesity and Marathons:
The AnnualCycle of Bar-tailed Godwits
15th October Dr Helen SchofieldA Zoo's Journey - Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary
17th September Jeremy Corfield Kiwi brains
20th August Ben Barr & Dylan van Winkel New Zealand Lizards
16th July Professor Richard Faull The Marvels of the Human Brain
18th June Mark Farnworth Animal Behaviour
21th May Dr Lorne Roberts Enrichment in Zoological Parks