Past Events

Thyme travels across Central Otago: Above- and Below-ground ecological studies of a space invader

Wednesday 29th of August 2012, 12:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Jacqui Nielsen, PhD candidate. A Botany Department seminar. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Field trip to Brighton and/or Bruce Rocks

Saturday 18th of August 2012, 07:30 AM (7 years ago)

Contact: Robyn Bridges | robyn.j.bridges@gmail.com | (03) 472 7330 / 021 235 8997

Dr Wendy Nelson, this year's Baylis lecturer, has kindly agreed to lead a field trip to look at marine algae. Both sites are on the same coast though it is possible we will only do one as the intertidal window is narrow. This is a good opportunity for members to do something a bit different and learn from an international specialist in the field. It will be worth getting up early for. To catch the outgoing tide we need to meet at the Botany Dept car park, 464 Great King St. at the earlier time of 7.30 am (sharp). Gumboots and wet weather gear essential. Wet weather alternative Sunday 19th August.

11th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture. Relationships of marine algae in New Zealand: new discoveries provide more pieces for the puzzle

Wednesday 15th of August 2012, 05:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

Speaker Dr Wendy Nelson NIWA. Recent collections from sites throughout the New Zealand archipelago, including samples from deep waters in northern and eastern New Zealand (up to 110 m depth), intensive collections from the Bounty and Antipodes Islands, and algae associated with northern rhodolith beds as well as soft sediment habitats, have resulted in the recognition of many new taxa. These provide new perspectives on the relationships of the New Zealand flora—and raise some more challenging questions! Talk to be held in Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago. Drinks and nibbles will be available from 5:00 pm in the Castle Lecture Theatre Concourse.

Tapeworms in elasmobranch fishes: providing insights into marine ecosystems

Wednesday 15th of August 2012, 12:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Dr Haseeb Randhawa, Senior Teaching Fellow, Ecology Program. A Botany Department seminar. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

What Makes a Good Neighbour? Drivers of facilitation in alpine cushion plant communities

Wednesday 25th of July 2012, 12:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Britt Cranston, PhD candidate. A Botany Department seminar. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Field Trip to the Lyttle Properties, Otago Peninsula.

Saturday 21st of July 2012, 09:00 AM (7 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

David and Belinda Lyttle will host the BSO on a visit to their native plant nursery on Centre Road. There will be an opportunity to visit some native forest remnants on the adjoining farm owned by Donald Lyttle. This particular remnant is representative of the local flora and contains some uncommon species including Brachyglottis sciadophila, Coprosma rubra, Clematis foetida and Raukaua edgerleyi. The adjacent pasture contains a number of interesting herbaceous natives including the bidibid Acaena microphylla var. pauciglochidiata, Celmisia gracilenta, and Raoulia glabra. A good winter outing with a chance to come in out of the cold and enjoy some hot soup at lunchtime. Meet 9.00 am at the Botany Dept Car Park, 464 Great King St.

Effects of secondary woody succession in dry eastern South Island on indigenous plants and animals

Wednesday 18th of July 2012, 05:20 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

Speaker Susan Walker, Landcare Research, Dunedin. Mixed indigenous and exotic communities dominated by shrubs and small trees, at different stages of recovery from fire, now cover about one fifth of land that has not been intensively developed within eastern South Island 'dryland' environments. The benefits and drawbacks of this increasing 'woodiness' for indigenous plant and animals have been debated, but there have been few studies of its ecological effects. Susan will describe some insights from recent research in dry Central Otago. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Field trip to Quarantine Island

Saturday 23rd of June 2012, 09:00 AM (7 years ago)

Contact: Bill Wilson | rdwilson-dn@xtra.co.nz | (03) 477 2282

A trip led by Bill Wilson. Cost $10.00 for boat leaving from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9:30 AM. Depart from the Botany Dept car park at 9:00 AM or meet at 9:30 at Port Chalmers. Return boat trip booked for 3 PM. Date subject to weather Rain day 24th June.

Alpine Gems of the South Island

Wednesday 20th of June 2012, 05:20 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

Speaker Dave Toole. Dave Toole is a landscape gardener from Otatara, Invercargill who has a passion for New Zealand alpine plants. He has made many trips to various out of the way places in the South Island to find and photograph rare native alpines. Dave will talk about his adventures on these plant hunting trips and show pictures of a spectacular variety of alpine plants. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Ascension Island: A Lesson in Terraforming

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012, 05:20 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

Prof. Steven Stephenson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.

Beyond New Zealand: Global Biodiversity of Myxomycetes

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012, 12:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

Prof. Steven Stephenson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Propagation of New Zealand Native Plants

Saturday 19th of May 2012, 10:00 AM (7 years ago)

Contact: Dunedin Botanic Garden | botanic@dcc.govt.nz | (03) 477 4000

A workshop conducted by Alice Lloyd-Fitt, propagation specialist, Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Alice will talk about the collection of seed from New Zealand native plants. She will show how it is processed, stored and sown. She will also show how to propagate native plants from cuttings. We have arranged to have a display of cultivated New Zealand alpines in conjunction with the workshop. Place: Propagation Department at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Meet at the upper visitors car park off Lovelock Avenue, Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

Are reproductive characteristics of Wahlenbergia albomarginata dependent on environment?

Wednesday 16th of May 2012, 12:30 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

A Botany Dept seminar by Olivia Sawrey, MSc Candidate. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Floral biology and genetic variation in Euphrasia dyeri

Wednesday 16th of May 2012, 12:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

A Botany Dept seminar by Vicky McGimpsey, MSc Candidate. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.

Keeping it hot when it's cold outside: plant sex in the Arctic and Sub-Antarctic

Wednesday 9th of May 2012, 12:00 PM (7 years ago)

Contact: Trish Fleming | trish.fleming@botany.otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7577

A Botany Dept seminar by Lorna Little, PhD Candidate. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.