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Congratulations to the three winners of the WWF New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards


Announced 5 November 2015

This includes He Manawa Whenua - He Oranga Tangata : Healthy Environment – Healthy People - by Peter Handford (Groundtruth) on behalf of Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti, Uawa Tolaga Bay Community, and the Allan Wilson Centre. The winners each receive $25,000.

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Congratulations to our 2015 Winners


AWC Investigator, Professor Jonathan Waters, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand


Congratulations Jon Waters!

Professor Jonathan Waters, Department of Zoology, University of Otago, is an outstanding mid-career evolutionary biologist working at the interface between previously distinct fields: genetics and geology; marine ecology and oceanography; and ancient-DNA and archaeology. He has received international media attention for his ancient-DNA research highlighting numerous extinction events in New Zealand’s coastal prehistoric record and his marine biological research on Southern Hemisphere ecosystems and climate change.

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Top researchers and scholars elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand


AWC Investigator, Professor Alexei Drummond, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand


Congratulations Alexei Drummond!

Professor Alexei Drummond, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, specialises in probabilistic models at the intersection of computational biology, phylogenetics, population genetics, epidemiology and evolution. He is a world leader in Bayesian inference for phylogenetics and population genetics and is a leader in the development of the internationally renowned open scientific software package BEAST and related statistical methodology. He is founder of scientific software company Biomatters Ltd, which has won awards for its commercial software Geneious.

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Top researchers and scholars elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand


AWC Investigator, Professor Nigel French, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand


Congratulations Nigel!

And more good news for Nigel. He will be interim director of a new $5M Food Safety Centre at Massey University. The Centre will promote, co-ordinate, and deliver food safety science and research for New Zealand. It was a key recommendation from the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident.

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Top researchers and scholars elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Massey to host $5m Food Safety Research Centre

A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara


A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara

The Allan Wilson Centre’s work with the local community in Tolaga Bay features in a case study on page 13 of the new national strategic plan for science in society. On 29 July 2014, Minister of Science and Innovation, Hon Steven Joyce, and Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, launched the Government’s plan to encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across New Zealand society. The plan, A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, recognises the important role scientific knowledge and innovation play in our lives and in creating and defining New Zealand’s future, economically, socially and environmentally.

Download this document from http://www.msi.govt.nz/assets/MSI/Update-me/Science-in-society-project/science-in-society-plan.pdf.

The University of Canterbury has awarded one of two 2014 Research Medals to AWC Deputy Director, Professor Mike Steel


Highest Honour for Research Excellence

The Chancellor, Dr John Wood, is pleased to announce that at its meeting last week the University Council resolved to award two 2014 Research Medals to University of Canterbury researchers whose work has been recognised as world class in their respective disciplines.

The medallists are:
Professor Mike Steel of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics Professor Michael Hall of the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship.

The Research Medal is the highest honour which the Council can extend to its academic staff in recognition of research excellence.

The 2014 medals will be presented to the recipients later this year at a Council function.

Professor Steve Weaver
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Canterbury

Celebrating 50 years of rodent eradications in New Zealand


Rodent eradications in New Zealand

AWC Associate Investigator James Russell is organising a symposium to be held by the Centre of Biodiversity and Biosecurity at University of Auckland to celebrate 50 years of rodent eradications in New Zealand. The symposium on 10 September will be accessible to the general public and is free to register for at www.auckland.ac.nz/rat-eradication.


Research reveals New Zealand sea lion is a relative newcomer


New Zealand Sea Lion

AWC members Professor Jon Waters and Dr Catherine Collins announce findings about replacement sea lion populations, based on ancient DNA analysis.

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 Sea lion is a relative newcomer

 







Liam Adrian (10), from Palmerston North, has his own special audience


Special audience with Dr Jane Goodall

Liam Adrian (10), from Palmerston North, has his own special audience with his hero Dr Jane Goodall, courtesy of the Allan Wilson Centre.

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 Read his letter, 24 June 2014




The Max Planck Society has announced that the founding directors of the Max Planck Institute


The founding directors of the Max Planck Institute for History and the Sciences

The Max Planck Society has announced that the founding directors of the Max Planck Institute for History and the Sciences will be AWC member Russell Gray and geneticist Johannes Krause (Tübingen). Their research focus is on the development and application of new scientific methods to produce an integrated science of human history.

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Max Planck Institute in Jena realigned, 26 June 2014



The Uawanui Sustainability Project in Uawa/Tolaga Bay


Nine to Noon

Nori Parata, Tolaga Bay School Principal and Peter Handford, consultant for Allan Willson Centre with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon on the 21 March 2014 about the Uawa/Tolaga Bay Sustainability Project.

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Radio New Zealand National, Friday 21 March 2014



Helping the Kakapo’s long-term survival


Case Study

Research by University of Otago and AWC zoology doctoral student Gabrielle Knafler has revealed genetic diversity in the immune systems of the kakapo that could help the population’s long term survival. Details of Gabrielle’s research features in the 2014 NZGL annual report.

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 Helping the Kakapo’s long-term survival