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Wed 17 Mar 2010, 5:00pm–6:00pm

Where: University of Canterbury, Jobberns Room, Geog, Clyde Road, Ilam - Arts Rd cnr Forestry Rd, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Gateway Antarctica

Antarctic Research Group public lecture, Jobberns Room, Level 4, Geography.

International Polar Year, Polar Week – Public Talks: Kurt Joy (PhD candidate) on "Big ice or little ice?: Antarctica at the last Ice Age" and Dr Melanie Massaro on "Fluorescent yellow feathers in penguins: are they reliable indicators of condition".

As part of the IPY Polar Week (15-19 March 2010), Gateway Antarctica will open the doors to its regular Antarctic Research Group meetings to the wider public and invites interested individuals and groups to join the University of Canterbury's polar scientists for two brief research presentations. In a relaxed and informal atmosphere around drinks and nibbles, the public will be given a chance to chat to the scientists after the presentations and get some insight into currently ongoing "hot" polar research.

"Big ice or little ice?: Antarctica at the last Ice Age": The student presentation will be given by Kurt Joy, a PhD candidate in Geology and Gateway Antarctica. Kurt's current research interests lie in the use of cosmogenic dating techniques to unravel the retreat history of the Antarctic Ice Sheets.

"Fluorescent yellow feathers in penguins: are they reliable indicators of condition": The staff presentation will be given by Dr. Melanie Massaro. Melanie works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury. While she presently leads a project on the endangered Chatham Island black robin (, she is also part of a multi-national programme to study the effects of climate variability on Adélie penguins on Ross Island, Antarctica. In her presentation, Melanie will talk about her research on fluorescent yellow feathers in penguins that she started during her PhD on yellow-eyed and Snares penguins and has now developed in a larger project involving researchers from UK (Drs. Phil Trathan and Glenn Crossin) and the US (Dr Kevin McGraw).