Past Events

Visit to the Johnson's Garden and Styles Creek Bush, Broad Bay

Saturday 5th of October 2013, 09:30 AM (5 years ago)

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

A visit to the garden of Peter and Pru Johnson. Peter says, "This will be springtime, or at least one of its interesting months. My 2005 record of flowering times, done fortnightly, indicates that in early October we have had 180 different things in flower. Don't expect them all to be natives!" Bring cameras (of course). The second part of the trip is to Styles Creek Bush, which is 5 minutes walk up the hill. This is a QE II National Trust covenant on the property of Frank and Annie Pepers, 2.4 ha, fenced in 1987 and demonstrating what can be done with planting enrichment and weed control. The bush has a network of tracks, some a tad muddy underfoot, so wear your boots. Helen Clarke and I will be happy to explain what has been learned over the years. We may even offer prizes for anyone who spots a still-mature Bomarea, old man's beard, or passionfruit! The address is 5 Matariki Street, Broad Bay. Start time is 10 am (at Peter's place), or meet at 9.30 am at the Botany Department.

Theories and tests in community ecology

Wednesday 2nd of October 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Professor Bastow Wilson. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

POSTPONED: Seeing past the whiteout: new research on flower traits and pollinator behaviour in the New Zealand alpine

Wednesday 25th of September 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

NOTE: This seminar has been postponed till a later date. A talk by Dr Janice Lord, Department of Botany. In the Union St. Lecture Theater (UNIST), cnr Great King St and Union St (West), Dunedin

Changes in eastern South Island indigenous grasslands: ancient, recent, small-scale and large

Wednesday 18th of September 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Susan Walker, Landcare Research. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Botany Dept 4th year research student seminars

Wednesday 11th of September 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. David Cook, Nick Secker, Department of Botany. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Field trip to Trotters Gorge, Palmerston

Saturday 7th of September 2013, 08:30 AM (5 years ago)

Contact: John Steel | john.steel@otago.ac.nz | 021 2133170

This is part of a large conservation area accessed from Palmerston about 80 km north of Dunedin off Horse Range Road. This is a beautiful spot with impressive rock formations carved out of sandstone and conglomerate by several small streams that merge with Trotters Creek. The car park has yielded an interesting mix of exotics and is in turn surrounded by regenerating native bush and at its westerly end two tracks lead off into quite different vegetation types. The right leads across a shallow ford and follows a vehicle track (not for public use) up the valley of Trotters Creek. The vegetation begins with regenerating bush before opening out into a mix of open native and exotic areas and cliffs. The track is easy with a few shallow fords. The other track follows a tributary of Trotters Creek through a narrow gorge before climbing steadily to the top of the hills to give a good view of the surrounding areas. The descent begins with a brief, steep section leading more gently down to the first track whence you can continue up the track or just return to the cars. The vegetation is largely native. Interesting plants to be found are Teucridium parviflorum, Pimelea pseudolyallii, the locally endemic Celmisia hookeri, Notogrammitis ciliata and an unnamed Corybas orchid. Come suitably attired for walking and, if it's been raining, the uphill track may be slippery in places and the creek may be running high in the fords. Expect to return to Dunedin about 3:00 p.m. or whenever suits you. Bring a lunch. Foul weather back up date Sunday 8th.

Geoff Baylis Lecture: Plant systematics research and its relevance to understanding the origins and evolution of the New Zealand flora

Wednesday 4th of September 2013, 06:00 PM (5 years ago)

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

12th Annual Geoff Baylis Lecture presented by Dr Peter Heenan, Landcare Research, Lincoln.

The science of Plant Systematics is concerned with naming and classifying plants. Its aim is to produce stable and reliable classifications and to provide knowledge of species' relationships. At times, modern taxonomic research has produced much confusion and some disquiet amongst lay people about seemingly arbitrary changes in plant names.

Dr Peter Heenan is one of this countrys foremost plant taxonomists and has, in recent times and amongst other projects, worked on the flora of the Chatham Islands and the predominantly New Zealand genus Pachycladon, a small group of mainly alpine plants belonging to the Brassica family.

In this lecture Dr Heenan will provide an overview of his recent and current taxonomic research. The scope of this research uses modern and traditional techniques to clarify and define species relationships and as a consequence gives valuable insights into the origin and evolution of the indigenous New Zealand flora.

The Geoff Baylis Lecture is held annually by the Botanical Society of Otago, in conjunction with the Department of Botany. It is named in honour of Dr Geoff Baylis, the first Professor of Botany at the University of Otago. In Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago. Drinks and nibbles starting from 5:15 pm in the Castle Concourse.

Botany Dept 4th year research student seminars

Wednesday 4th of September 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Nusyana Cham Pi, Chris Jenks, Cecilia Wang, Department of Botany. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Crouching mycologist-hidden fungi—intriguing interactions

Wednesday 21st of August 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Teresa Lebel, Landcare Research, Auckland. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Discovering how plants know when to flower

Wednesday 14th of August 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Richard Macknight, Department of Biochemistry. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

A walk in the English countryside with Bradley Curnow

Wednesday 7th of August 2013, 05:20 PM (5 years ago)

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

A walk in the English countryside is a presentation on the wild flowers encountered on a section of the Coast to Coast Walk through the English Lake District. I purchased a wildflower detective handbook at Ness botanic gardens near Liverpool and had a great time photographing the flowers mentioned in the book. I have also taken other flower/plant photos from that walk and from around the Gulf of Finland. I would also like to give a brief positive report on progress made to protect the Aramoana salt marsh. 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.

Sonchus oleraceus—a good candidate for an antioxidant supplement?

Wednesday 7th of August 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Arlene McDowell, School of Pharmacy. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Field trip to Mount Watkin/Hikaroroa

Saturday 3rd of August 2013, 08:30 AM (5 years ago)

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

Mount Watkin/Hikaroroa is a 616 metre peak located north-west of Waikouaiti. It is a volcanic peak surrounded by a schist landscape with fine views of Karitane and Waikouaiti estuaries. The DCC's 650-hectare Mt Watkin / Hikaroroa Reserve is regarded one of the best remaining examples of dry coastal forest in Otago. This trip will also look at the magnificent basalt rock glaciers and the higher slopes of the peak. Finding Gingidia grisea was a highlight of a previous trip (reported as Gingidia montana in Newsletter #37). This is the southernmost distributional limit for this north Otago endemic plant. Foul weather back up date Sunday 4th August. Meet at Botany Department car park 8:30 am. Return 5:00 pm.

Painting a picture of Miocene subtropical Otago—forests and lakes, flowers and fruit, and invertebrates in amber

Wednesday 24th of July 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr Daphne Lee, Department of Geology. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St

Ghoul fungi and other horrors: systematics of Hebeloma and Cortinarius

Wednesday 17th of July 2013, 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

Contact: Tina Summerfield | tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz | (03) 479 7578

A Department of Botany seminar. Dr David Orlovich, Department of Botany. Union St Lecture Theatre, Cnr Union St West & Great King St.