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Ngā Kōrero: From the Rivers to the Sea - Our Interconnectedness
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.

The first of the series is: From the Rivers to the Sea – Our Interconnectedness. This webinar will focus on how our actions and land-use practices are intertwined with the health of the sea.

This webinar will have three guest speakers and 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.

You can expect a diverse range of speakers in this series, including scientists, adventurers, advocates, holders of traditional Māori knowledge, and community leaders.

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www.seaweek.org.nz

Sep 30, 2021 07:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

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Speakers

Dr. Mike Joy
Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Governance and Policy Studies @Victoria University of Wellington
Dr. Mike Joy is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection and remediation of New Zealand’s waterways. After seeing first-hand the decline in freshwater health in NZ, Dr. Joy attended Massey University and earned his BSc, MSc and PhD in Ecology. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to that Dr. Joy lectured at Massey from 2003-2019 teaching ecology and environmental science. For two decades, Mike has been working towards strengthening connections between science and policy and seeking real outcomes to address various environmental issues facing New Zealand.
Dr. Carolyn Lundquist
Principal Scientist in Marine Ecology @NIWA
Dr. Carolyn Lundquist is passionate about understanding the mechanisms underlying healthy functioning ecosystems. She is a NIWA Principal Scientist in Marine Ecology with a joint position as Associate Professor at the University of Auckland in the School of Environment. She’s a firm believer in applied science and increasing communication between science and policy makers, to ensure that the best available science is incorporated into resource management and policy at local, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Lundquist earned her BSc in Marine Biology at UCLA and PhD at University of California, Davis and since then her research has spanned a wide range of ecosystems; rocky and soft sediments, from coastal and estuarine to the deep sea, and including temperate and tropical ecosystems.
Dr. Conrad Pilditch
Professor of Marine Science @University of Waikato
Dr. Conrad Pilditch is an expert on the topic of seafloor processes, knowledgeable in the dynamics of marine soft sediment ecosystems. His research spans intertidal to deep sea habitats, taking a closer look into the processes that influence the structure and function of soft-sediment communities. He has studied how benthic organisms interact to affect sediment transport, recruitment, nutrient fluxes and food supply. Dr. Pilditch completed his BSc and MSc at Otago, and his PhD in Oceanography at Dalhousie and is now a Professor of Marine Science at the University of Waikato lecturing in marine ecology and oceanography. He is part of the Science Leadership Team for the Sustainable Seas Challenge leading the theme on Degradation & Recovery, and a research leader on the ‘Tipping Points’ project exploring how estuaries respond to two of the most important land-based stressors affecting the coast; sediment and nutrient loading.
Moderator: 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.