Applications for the Barlow Scholarship are now open. The scholarship provides support to international (including Australian) postgraduate students studying ecology in New Zealand. Funds may be used for direct costs associated with research such as, but not limited to, field costs and analytical expenses, but excluding fees, living expenses and conference costs. Applicants must be enrolled in a New Zealand university for postgraduate study (MSc, PhD or equivalent) in ecology and can apply for up to $2500.
EMAPI 2017 - Registration Open!
The EMAPI 2017 - International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions - will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, September 4th-8th, 2017, organized by cE3c - Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes.
The latest issue of the NZES Newsletter is now available. In this issue:
Ecotones: Ecology from around NZ
New journal Rethinking Ecology – Unfurling new ideas
News from Waikato District Council
NZES award winners
Conference reports – ERA2016
Past Kauri Seed Scholars
News from council
News from across the ditch
Noticeboard and upcoming conferences
The conference web pages have now been updated with the exciting set of topics and keynote speakers to be covered by the conference. Please visit http://www.slu.se/ecology-symposium - and then keep watching this space for further information. We hope that you will also take a minute to tell your friends and colleagues about the event.
For important dates, see “practical information”:
15 February: Registration opens
30 April: Deadline for abstract submission
The 2017 New Zealand Ecological Society conference will be a joint conference with Ecological Society of Australia. The conference will be held at Cypress Lakes in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia from 26 November – 1 December 2017.
Register now for the NZES annual conference.This year we are joining with the Society of Ecological Restoration for a joint conference in Hamilton. Register now: http://www.era2016.com/registration.html
The Conference will also feature:
Over 30 posters
A Science Open Day
A Bat Symposium
A Student Day
Nine keynote speakers
Nine Symposium Sessions
Eleven Field Trips
2016 nominations are now open for the following NZ Ecological Society awards:
- Te Tohu Taiao – Award for Ecological Excellence
- Ecology in Action
- Honorary Life Membership
- Outstanding Publication on New Zealand Ecology
- Communication in Ecology (sponsored by Royal Society of New Zealand Canterbury Branch)
Please see the Awards page for links to further information for each award. Nominations close 8 July 2016.
A course on Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions (MATI) will be held later this year at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and may be of interest to New Zealand students using DNA to explore such ecological questions.
The course welcomes anyone interested in the analysis of food web interactions using DNA-based approaches and runs from 12th to 22nd September 2016.
Postgraduate course for students of ecology and environmental science, being offered 9-24 August 2016 at Lincoln University.
South Island of New Zealand: coast-to-coast across the Southern Alps.
A showcase of field research on the re-integration of biodiversity into human-modified and managed ecosystems.
Pollution mitigation, monitoring, phytotechnologies and ecosystems services.
Hands-on experience of active restoration projects : Canterbury and West Coast.
Field trips, lectures and seminars led by local and international experts.
The 2016 NZ Bird Conference and Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held in Napier (Hawkes Bay) at the Museum Theatre Gallery, Marine Parade, during Queens Birthday Weekend 4-6 June 2016.
The conference will comprise two days of scientific papers and workshops, with field trips to local birding highlights on the third day. The AGM will be held on Saturday afternoon. A variety of workshops are planned for the Sunday morning, followed by a variety of fieldtrips on Monday.
Workshop for braided river practitioners, stakeholders, and students.
Interested members of the public are welcome.
The workshop is FREE and includes lunch, morning, and afternoon teas*
“On the plains, virtually all we see above-ground today has been introduced in the last 200 years. Only the braided rivers still retain a reasonable component of their original indigenous ecosystems. The most obvious component of that is a range of bird species – the majority of which are threatened.”
The loose photographs included in the parcel of issues 40(1) and (2) of the journal mailed out this week are replacements for unclear, over-dark figures on pages 160, 191, 192, and 318 of NZJE 39(2). Please peel the back off them, and stick them over the earlier figures.
Rodent eradication successes documented in journal special issue
Check out the latest NZES newsletter (December 2015 issue) for lots of news, especially about the recent NZES conference in Christchurch. In this issue:
Society Award winners
- Introduced species
- Twitter and conferences
NZES Conference 2015
- Writers’ retreat
NZES Conference 2016
Across the Tasman
News from Council
2016's annual NZES conference wil be joint with SERA (Society for Ecological Restoration Australisia) in Hamilton.
NZES 2015 was a huge success. We had over 350 delegates, around 200 talks and posters and loads of excellent social events. Check out our facebook page for photos from the poster session, the evening public talk by Devon McLean about the role of philanthropy in conservation and the panel discussion on the role of philanthropy, partnerships and non-government initiatives in conservation. You can still find the full conference programme here.
The NZES has sent a letter to politicians in New Zealand calling for action on climate change after a gathering of heads of ecological societies from across the globe at the ESA100 meeting in Baltimore in August. Read the letter here. On behalf of INTECOL, Shona Myers has also sent this letter to the UN.
See this article in the Herald last week about early cues on the effects of climate change from the species around us.
Register now for NZES 2015 conference - UPDATE - earlybird rates still apply!
Don't miss the rare opportunity for media training with the Science Media Centre's SAVVY programme on offer for ecologists attending the conference. For more information and to sign up see our programme page.
After a lot of work behind the scenes, the new NZES website is now live. Apart from a sparkly new look, several major changes have been made that should make the NZES and New Zealand Journal of Ecology websites much easier to use and navigate. However, it will be "work in progress" for some time yet, as we tinker and tweak to make it look and work exactly how we want it. Your feedback will be much appreciated during this process - so please let us know (by filling out our Contact Us form with the relevant information).
In June the NZES wrote to the Minister of Conservation, Hon Nick Smith, in support of the proposed Dryland Park in the Mackenzie Basin. The letter points out the high ecological values of the Mackenzie basin and the threats it faces with ongoing land use change in the area. Additionally, the letter highlights the support from local communities for the proposed park as well as from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
Abstract submission and registrations are now open for the NZES 2014 conference, with the theme of “Is New Zealand the world’s invasion hotspot?”
There is a great programme of plenary speakers, including Phillip Cassey, Ragan Callaway and Ken Thompson. Several symposia are planned, both general and related to the conference theme. As well there are workshops, field trips, and for those needing a break, a writers’ retreat over the following weekend.
We hope to see you there! Check it all out on www.nzes2014.org
EcoTas 2013 was recently reviewed by the journal New Phytologist. The paper provides an interesting take on the conference and is well worth reading.
The review sums up the conference under four main headings:
• Ecosystem development and retrogression
• Human arrival and invasion ecology
• Changing climate
• Changing ecology
Dickie IA, Tjoelker MG 2014. Changing ecology. New Phytologist 202: 1118–1121. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12724
The annual garden bird survey starts next Saturday (28 June – 6 July 2014).
Join the citizen science effort to monitor the population trends of common garden birds in New Zealand
The sixth annual Garden Bird Survey starts on 30 June 2012. Anybody who can identify the common birds in their garden can participate. Simply watch out for birds in your garden for one hour (and just one hour) sometime between 30 June to 8 July, and for each species you encounter, record the largest number you see or hear at any one time. The reason for recording the largest number seen or heard at one time is so that individual birds are not counted twice.