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Kermadec Science Symposium 'Discoveries & Connections'


Mon 11 Apr 2016, 8:00am–6:00pm
Mon 11 Apr 2016, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Tue 12 Apr 2016, 8:30am–5:30pm

Where: New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Kermadec Symposium Day 1: Free ($0.00)
  • Kermadec Symposium Day 2: Free ($0.00)
  • Kermadec Symposium & Art Evening Reception: Free ($0.00)
  • All 3 Symposium Events: Free ($0.00)
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The Pew Charitable Trusts invite you to a science symposium that will celebrate the unique diversity of the Kermadec ocean wilderness.

The vast Kermadec region of New Zealand is the final frontier for many scientists. Whether diving to the deepest points of the Southern Hemisphere, studying an arc of island and submarine volcanoes, tagging sharks, counting birds, or estimating whale populations, scientists are finding in the Kermadec region an ecosystem like no other. It is the work of these scientists, across the frontiers of air, water and land, that the Kermadec Science Symposium will profile and celebrate.

Symposium places are limited, early registration is encouraged.

Provisional programme below:
April 11, 2016
08.15 Conference Registration Open
09.00 Whakatau
09.15 Official Opening (Hon Dr Nick Smith)
09. 30 Kermadec Impressions (Richie Robinson, Steve Hathaway and Natural History NZ Our Big Blue Backyard)
10.30 Tea break
11.00 Connectivity: the other side of diaspora – Harry Burkhardt & Karl Johnstone
11.30 Ocean Processes in the Kermadec region – Craig Stevens
12.00 Latest geophysical investigation in the Kermadec Arc Back-Arc System – Geoffroy Lamarche
12.30 The Colville Arc: Insights into the magmatism that shaped the Colville and Kermadec Ridges – Monica Handler
13.00 Lunch Break
14.00 Deep-sea benthic sampling in the Kermadec region: recent research efforts and the need for a co-ordinated and integrated approach to future sampling – Malcom Clark
14.30 Biogeography of hydrothermal vent communities of western Pacific Ocean Back Arc basins and volcanoes – Ashley Rowden
15.00 Ecological diversity of hydrothermal vents, and issues for management of seabed mining –Malcolm Clark
15.30 Tea break
16.00 Protected coral communities on the Kermadec Volcanic Arc: recorded and predicted distributions, and risks of ocean acidification – Dianne Tracey
16.30 10,000 m under the sea: An overview of the HADES expedition to Kermadec Trench – Sadie Mills
17.00 Hadal Ecosystems Studies: Examining Relationships of Pressure, Food Supply, Topography, and Adaptive Evolution in the Kermadec Trench – Tim Shank
17.30 The unseen multitude: life in the sediments of Kermadec and Tonga trenches – Daniel Leduc

18.30 Kermadec Discoveries and Connections Reception - Featured speakers: Rebecca Priestley & Gregory O'Brien

April 12
08.45 Keynote: Terry Kerby, Operations Director, Hawai’i Undersea Research Lab
09.15 Biodiscovery- Tom Trnski
09.45 Havre 2012: The largest historic submarine eruption the world has never seen – Richard Wysoczanski
10.15 Tea break
10.45 The Kermadec corridor – an important habitat for migrating oceanic fishes? – Malcolm Francis
11.15 Kermadec Islands constitute a migratory corridor for the humpback whales breeding in New Caledonia – Claire Garrigue
11.45 The Great Humpback Whale Trail & Reasons for Hope – Rochelle Constantine
12.30 Lunch break / Sector contributions to Science (panel discussion) – Chair, Alison Ballance, Our Changing World
14.00 A building biodiversity story for the Kermadec Archipelago – Libby Liggins
14.30 Doing whatever it takes to survive: examining morphological divergence in high latitude corals – David Aguirre
15.00 New Zealand’s unique teuthofauna: Much left to learn – Kathrin Bolstad
15.30 Terrestrial invertebrates – Warren Chinn
16.00 Seabirds return to an Oceanic Island: Restoration and Future Research for the South Kermadec Islands – Karen Baird
16.30 Connectivity of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem indicator taxa: genetic data to inform environmental management of the Kermadec region – Jonathan Gardner
17.00 Ambitions for Kermadec Science – Summary discussion
17.30 Close

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