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Tue 11 Oct 2016, 5:15pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series at the University of Waikato introduces our newest professors to the community and gives them a chance to demonstrate how their work is having a real impact on the world around us.

All lectures are open to the public. A cash bar is open from 4:30pm

Small mustelids in New Zealand: Predator invasion ecology down-under.

Professor King, known to most people as Kim, is formerly from England, and lectures in zoology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. At her inaugural lecture, she will be discussing how to monitor the numbers, distribution, breeding and population irruptions of rodents and stoats in protected forests.

She says that the number one rule for dealing with pests is to understand what controls them, and how to target them. “You need to remove them faster than they are replacing themselves, otherwise you are only harvesting them.

“In summer, after their single annual breeding season, stoats can become significant pests, especially in beech forests after a heavy seed fall. In most North Island forests they are much less significant pests than ship rats. So efficient pest control has to be well targeted and monitored,” she says.

Her research work over the years has provided the standard techniques for predicting summer irruptions of mice and stoats and monitoring the results of control work with footprint tunnels, used by active conservation groups around the country.

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