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Ngā Kōrero: Marine Megafauna
Ngā Kōrero is a free webinar series designed to foster better communication about various ocean-related topics. In this series you will hear from experts in marine science and mātauranga Māori, learn about new discoveries and progress in marine protection, and increase awareness of opportunities for action.

This webinar will feature three researchers who will share their eye-opening evidence of the movement of marine megafauna within and far beyond NZ’s exclusive economic zone.

Our three guest speakers will be announced soon!

This webinar will be moderated by Alison Ballance, who is a former producer of Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment programme ‘Our Changing World’. She brings her passion for meeting and interviewing passionate people, sharing their knowledge and stories, as well as her background as a zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer and radio producer, to name a few.

Ngā Kōrero is brought to you by NZAEE Seaweek with support from the NZ National Commision for UNESCO and Live Ocean Charitable Trust.

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Feb 24, 2022 07:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

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Speakers

MC: Alison Ballance
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Alison Ballance is the former producer of Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment program ‘Our Changing World’. Alison brings her passion for meeting and interviewing passionate people, sharing their knowledge and stories, as well as her background as a zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer, and radio producer, to name a few. She is an award-winning writer, whose 29 natural history books include Kakapo: Rescued from the brink of extinction, which won the 2011 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. She’s spent more time than most others on the rugged and famously windblown sub-Antarctic islands which have a special place in Ballance's heart, the location for one of her toughest living and working experiences.
Dr. Emma Carroll
Rutherford Discovery Fellow @University of Auckland - Waipapa Taumata Rau
Dr. Emma Carroll, is leader of Team Tohorā an international group of researchers studying the recovery of southern right whales – tohorā – in the context of climate change. Dr. Carroll, a molecular ecologist, trained in evolutionary biology and population genetics, worked for several years at the University of St Andrews before returning to Aotearoa New Zealand to take up a Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Auckland – Waipapa Taumatau Rau. Carroll has spent the past several years studying tohorā around the Auckland Islands where they aggregate for breeding in winter months. She has a diverse repertoire of research skills and has led and participated in many field expeditions to monitor natural populations of whales and dolphins to provide data for estimating recovery and management.
Dr. Rochelle Constantine
Professor @University of Auckland - Waipapa Taumata Rau
Rochelle Constantine is a distinguished marine ecologist and international whale and dolphin researcher as well as a captivating and inspirational lecturer. A passionate and clear communicator, she is a mentor to many where she is a Professor in biological sciences and marine science at the University of Auckland - Waipapa Taumata Rau. A team player on all levels, Constantine leads the Marine Mammal Ecology Group, is a member of Team Tohorā and leads several other international and New Zealand based projects on whales, dolphins, sharks and seabirds. She’s dedicated to preserving New Zealand’s marine ecology and amongst many successes led research that dramatically reduced the risk of ship strike mortality for Brydes whales in the Hauraki Gulf. She's interested in research that uses a variety of techniques; satellite tracking, collecting DNA from tissue samples and behavioural observations of species encountered from the Pacific islands and Kermadecs to Antarctica and beyond!