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The Allan Wilson Centre, established in 2002, is one of New Zealand’s seven Centres of Research Excellence and one of two hosted by Massey University. We are a scientific network of over 100 researchers based at five universities and two crown research institutes. Following in the footsteps of the great New Zealand scientist, Allan Wilson, our researchers study the evolution of humans, animals, plants and disease. We are committed to securing the future of New Zealand’s biodiversity and improving human and environmental health.
Two rare species discovered in Uawa/Tolaga Bay census: Students, aged 5-18, from Tolaga Bay Area School, guided by scientists from the Allan Wilson Centre, DOC, Te Papa, and Groundtruth, collected over 500 species of plants and animals in a 24-hour Bioblitz (12-13 Feb) – a survey of local biodiversity that will inform the restoration project underway there. Excitingly, they detected the presence of bats, the only native land mammal we have, and sighted the NZ Dotterel, a shorebird which is rarer even than kiwi and tigers! Full results will be posted on this site soon. Blitz opens window on species, Uawanui Bioblitz Feb 2015 PhotoGallery and Bioblitz Tolaga Bay
Ancient DNA: Secrets from the past, by Dr Craig Millar.
Free talk in Nelson and Queenstown. Early forensic and ancient DNA methods could only recover small amounts of DNA information from relatively large quantities of well-preserved tissue. From these humble beginnings, ancient DNA research has now developed into a well-established research field used by biologists, geologists and anthropologists. Recent advances in DNA sequencing methods have led to the retrieval of entire ancient genomes from the extinct New Zealand moa and Egyptian bird mummies. In his talk, Dr Craig Millar will outline...
Over 200 expatriate New Zealanders gathered at NZ House last week to contribute their DNA to Lisa Matisoo-Smith's ancient ancestry study (The Longest Journey: Africa to Aotearoa). They were spellbound by Lisa's exposition of the journey of modern humans out of Africa, and across the Pacific. Their mitochondrial DNA result will place their maternal ancestors on the deepest branches of the human family tree, going back many thousands of years...learn more. Listen to Kim Hill's interviews with Lisa and Russell Gray on Radio NZ National, 20 June. Africa to Aotearoa and Russell Gray: DNA and language