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Marine Biosecurity: Understanding Marine Biological Invasion

When:

Tue 21 Jul 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

How can New Zealanders prevent further human-mediated re-distribution of marine species and what controls can be put in place?

In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Professor Chad Hewitt will discuss the global context of marine introductions, including our understanding of how species arrive in new locations, the scale of introductions, and the biosecurity frameworks we can put in place to prevent new invasions.

Professor Hewitt says “Fundamentally it’s about understanding the biology and ecology of species, the mechanisms of movement - vector ecology, and which interventions work. “Embedded within that is good governance; in New Zealand and Australia we operate under a risk management framework. Risk management critically relies on good science with feedback: how the science feeds into policy, and how the policy informs what science is needed.”

Professor Hewitt is the Head of the School of Science at the University of Waikato, responsible for the academic leadership in bringing together the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Earth & Ocean Sciences into a single academic unit within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Building on the existing teaching and research strengths of the three departments he leads the further development of a world class research and teaching portfolio.

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series at the University of Waikato introduces our newest professors to the community. We invite the public to come along to find out what our people are doing and how their work is having a real impact on the world around us. We’ve got an exciting line up for the 2015 series, showcasing some of the latest research in Technology Education, Sports and Leisure, Management, History, and Science.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Tuesdays from 6-7pm, with the Opus Bar open from 5pm

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