Upcoming Seminar - Wednesday 11 May

Agriculture and the Environment – NZ in 2016. Is it time for a “One World – One Health” approach

Alison Dewes

The Centre for Sustainability is pleased to host a seminar next month titled “Agriculture and the Environment – NZ in 2016” presented by Alison Dewes. A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to be profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. She will discuss the need for a a paradigm shift from the current model to greater focus on wellbeing (one world: one health) where increasing production (output) and debt (stress) is replaced by increasing profit and wellbeing (resilience). 

Wednesday 11 May, 4-5pm; Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street


Upcoming Seminar - Thursday 28 April

Use of freshwater planarians to evaluate toxic effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Mei-Hui Li Environmental Ecology Lab / Environmental Toxicology Lab, Department of Geography, National Taiwan University.

Mei-Hui Li, a professor in the Department of Geography at National Taiwan University, is visiting our Department until 29 April. She is an environmental toxicologist by training, and most of her publications are in this area. Recently she changed her research focus from an organism level to the ecosystem level, and she is now especially interested in studying structure and function of freshwater ecosystems. If you'd like to have a chat with her before Thursday, please feel free to stop by in her office MG22 (Main Zoology Building, ground floor) or email her beforehand (meihuili@ntu.edu.tw) to arrange a time.

Thursday 28 April; 12-1pm; Marples seminar room, Main Zoology Building, 1st Floor, 340 Great King Street, Dunedin


Launch Day!

On Wednesday 13 April Catchments Otago was launched publicly. Catchments Otago aims to engage with Central Otago Lake communities to learn more about their aspirations, goals and concerns for the lakes and the surrounding catchments. Over the coming months, researchers from Catchments Otago will continue discussions with a range of community members to establish priorities for research from a community perspective and together develop research applications addressing these identified gaps. Catchments Otago has the philosophy that strong successful collaborations start with local community involvement from day one, and continue throughout research development, initiation and completion. Working together, it is anticipated equitable and sustainable land and water management approaches can be established, ensuring the future health of the Central Otago Lakes.