Interview on Otago Access Radio

Yesterday I had the sincere pleasure of being a guest on the Otago Access Radio show Kā manu o Rēhua me Dr. Anderson with Georgia and Tumai, Year 6 tauira from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti, and my colleague from Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, Barbara Anderson. The students and I had a great time discussing my job as a plant ecologist, and some of the crazy and amazing things ecologists do when we set up and run field experiments to answer questions about the natural world.

The podcast version of yesterday’s show should be up soon, but in the meantime you can check out all the great interviews conducted by several students from TKKM o Ōtepoti in previous shows. A few of these students will head to Toronto at the end of July to attend the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education, and present on their work with the Ahi Pepe Mothnet project that is bringing science experiments directly into schools. To help support the students travelling to the conference, you can donate at their Givealittle page until Friday, 30 June!

Botany colloquium and Botanical Society talks — all in one month!

It seems that neat events are often clustered (perhaps a spatio-temporal analysis is in order to back up my anecdote…), and that certainly happened this month when I was invited to speak at two events. On 9 October, the Botany department at the University of Otago here in Dunedin hosted its annual post-graduate colloquium, at which I was invited to give the guest research talk. And the following Wednesday I was the invited speaker for the monthly seminar series of the Botanical Society of Otago, a great organisation with excellent field trips in which I’ve often taken part. Both were excellent opportunities to present my current research to local botanical enthusiasts (many of whom are much more familiar with the NZ flora than me!), and I had many stimulating discussions about the eco-evolutionary dynamics in NZ plant communities with them as a result. Dunedin is certainly a great place to be a plant ecologist!