Event date: 24/11/2017 8:30 a.m. Export event
Wellington Region Biology Teachers’ Day 2017

Wellington Region Biology Teachers’ Day 2017

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00am

Location: Pateke Room, 2nd floor, ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre

Cost: Free

Morning session: ‘Growing Glowing Bacteria’ – A BEANZ workshop using Dr Siouxsie’s Wiles work

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm Bring your own or enjoy Rata Cafe

Afternoon Session: Speakers from Victoria University of Wellington, School of Biological Sciences and ZEALANDIA

After our speakers: Freedom to explore the valley on your own, ask questions or network with others 

Parking and transport 

Please note the following: As there is limited parking at ZEALANDIA, if you require parking close by, please contact us at and we will issue a car parking pass. Otherwise we encourage you to car pool, and use the overflow ZEALANDIA car park in Birdwood Street. Alternatively you can catch #3, 23, or 17 Metlink Bus to end of Waiapu Rd then walk to VC or get the cable car and ZEALANDIA shuttle 

Afternoon Sessions 

Session One: The impact of climate change on tuatara; the potential of it to impact their biology, evolution and survival

Nicky Nelson, Associate Professor in Conservation Biology, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Biological Sciences 

As part of her role, Nicky supervises graduate students and teaches at all levels of the university, particularly in first year animal biology, second year diversity of animals, third year population ecology, and a graduate field course on New Zealand conservation practice, and she manages the Master of Conservation Biology Programme. Nicky is specifically interested in effects of temperature on reptile ecology, population ecology and conservation. She is following the progress of tuatara translocations and investigating plasticity in nesting ecology of tuatara with respect to climate warming. 


Session Two: Evolution of cognition in the wild and harnessing cognition for conservation

Dr Rachael Shaw, Rutherford Discovery Research Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington, School of Biological Sciences Research Interests: Animal Cognition, Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution. 


Session Three: ‘Just because we can, should we?’ 

Topics for debate and discussion may include the advantages and disadvantages of establishing sanctuaries, and the impact of dispersal of translocated species beyond the fence and into an urban environment. Chaired by Stasi Turnbull, Manager of Learning and Engagement at ZEALANDIA.


Session Four: The connection between people, nature and health 

Dr Danielle Shanahan, Manager of Conservation and Research, ZEALANDIA Danielle started her career in conservation management working on some of the world’s most threatened species in some of New Zealand’s most remote places. She then took up an opportunity with the Smithsonian Institute looking at ways to mitigate human-elephant conflicts in Myanmar, before moving to Brisbane for her PhD. Since then Danielle has developed strategic offset and environmental policies for the Queensland Government, carried out award winning research on the economic and social benefits of ecosystems, and developed new approaches for integrating green spaces into urban environments. She has now been with ZEALANDIA for just over a year, and has a particular interest in the connection between people, nature and health. 



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