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Protecting Taonga: Snapshots from a conservation biologist and an environmental chemist | Canterbury

Wed 18 Oct | Canterbury

Great Kiwi Research: Sharing women's discoveries

Great research is going on in Aotearoa New Zealand, and we want to share it with you this year as part of the Royal Society Te Apārangi celebrations on becoming 150 years old. In particular, we have provided this opportunity to showcase women’s research, across all disciplines, reflecting our mandate to explore, discover and share knowledge. We hope you enjoy this special series.


Protecting Taonga: snapshots from a conservation biologist  and an environmental chemist

In the upcoming Royal Society Te Apārangi and UC Connect public lecture – Protecting taonga – a conservation geneticist and an environmental chemist will talk about their work protecting Aotearoa’s natural treasures, kicking off the new national lecture series, Great Kiwi Research: Sharing women’s discoveries.

Associate Professor Sally Gaw is an environmental chemist in UC’s College of Science. In this free public talk, she will give an overview of the research she and her postgraduate students have been undertaking with the goal of protecting freshwater and marine taonga species from contaminants.

UC scientist and senior lecturer Dr Tammy Steeves is a conservation geneticist who works with a number of lesser known taonga species, and says she is happiest when “being of some use”. In this talk, Dr Steeves will give a snapshot of how she and other members of the Conservation, Systematics and Evolution Research Team (ConSERT) use genetic and genomic data to inform the conservation management of one of the world’s rarest wading birds, the critically endangered kakī/black stilt.


Presented in partnership with University of Canterbury.

PUBLIC EVENT – Please book your ticket to guarantee your seat(s).

Views expressed at this event may not reflect those of Royal Society Te Apārangi.








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Associate Professor Sally Gaw & Dr Tammy Steeves


Location: C1 , Central Lecture Theatres, Ilam Campus

7:00pm Wed 18 October, 2017