New Zealand has been featured recently due to its incredible handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its uniqueness extends far beyond its science-based approach to managing human health issues. As an island nation that became isolated 80 million years ago, its plant and animal life evolved without the influence of mammals. Unfortunately, the arrival of humans, and their mammalian companions, ~800 years ago spelled disaster for New Zealand’s naïve organisms: nearly half of all terrestrial species have gone extinct since humans landed on its shores. The Department of Conservation (DOC) and non-profit organizations (e.g., Project Janszoon) have led the way in protecting and re-populating native species throughout New Zealand. Please join us for a presentation discussing recent research on Kākāriki (Yellow-crowned Parakeets) and Kākāpō that has helped make strides in bringing threatened species back from the brink of extinction.
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About the speaker: Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Dr. Robinson conducts behavioral and population biology research on birds and has spents decades following American Crows and their lives. His experiences have taken him around the world and include long-term stays on remote islands investigating seabird foraging biology, as well as supporting the well-being of Kākāpō in New Zealand. Dr. Robinson teaches Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology of New Zealand Flora and Fauna at the Mount.