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The 109 Year Moth Project

Where: Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

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This lecture is the third of 6 in our 2021 Winter Lecture Series. It will be given by Julia Kasper – Te Papa Entomologist.

The 109-year moths project describes both the transcription of George Hudson’s diaries on insects, but also, the follow up using “citizen scientists” (the public) to see what moths are still around. Julia is the Insect Curator at Te Papa specialised on flies. Before, she has worked in the biosecurity area for the Ministry of Health.

She studies the taxonomy and distribution of lower Diptera in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with a strong focus on biosecurity. With her background of medical and forensic entomology she also investigates odor-host recognition of flies using chemical ecological methods.

Julia has studied at the Humboldt-University Berlin and was a member of the Museum of Natural History, Berlin for 15 years where she maintained collections of multiple insect groups and led undergraduate and graduate student courses in zoology, entomology and parasitology for the Humboldt University.

As a Forensic Entomologist in Germany and New Zealand, she sampled in hospitals and provided reports for forensic pathologists, the Police and the Ministry of Justice.

Julia has a strong interest in outreach and teaching especially on topics such as biosecurity, medical entomology, olfactory physiology and freshwater ecology.

Where: Robin’s Nest building at Nga Manu.

Entry: By paper koha on the door. Your generosity supports the Ngā Manu Trust. Please register for this event on our website as if you are not on our list we may not have room for you as seating is limited.

Please arrive at 3:30 pm for tea & biscuits and to take your seat.

The Lecture will start promptly at 4 pm and finishes at 5 pm.

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