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The Wild South Speakers

Professor Liz Slooten, Otago University
"Protection for Maui and Hector's dolphins"
Liz has studied New Zealand dolphins (Hector’s and Maui dolphins) since 1984. Her research has been instrumental in achieving dolphin protection. Liz is an engaging speaker and passionate about the science behind protecting these amazing mammals. Liz is also involved in research programmes on sperm whales in Kaikoura, right whales at the Auckland Islands and bottlenose dolphins in Fiordland.

Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik, Otago University
"Trap-Neuter-Return: Critical assessment of the claims and evidence"
A hot topic for us vets that may be involved in TNR of cats! Yolanda van Heezik is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago, where she teaches wildlife management and conservation biology. Her urban-based research has investigated wildlife in urban areas, biodiversity of private gardens and public green spaces, resident attitudes, motivations, and knowledge about biodiversity, and children’s interactions with nature. Her research on owned cats includes home ranges, impacts on wildlife, public atttitudes to control and effective messaging to influence behaviour of cat owners.

Dr Lisa Argilla Wildlife Hospital Dunedin
BSc(Agric), BVSc, MVSc (Wildlife Health), MANZCVS (Avian Health) Director and Wildlife Veterinarian, The Wildlife Hospital Dunedin

Conservation Science Advisor Dr Trudi Webster, Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
"Current issues facing our Yellow-eyed Penguins"

Zoologist/Ecologist Hoani Langsbury, Royal Albatross Centre
"Insights into the Maori World View on Wildlife Conservation (kaitiakitanga)"

Phillipa Agnew (Oamaru blue penguin scientist) (recently featured on Coast New Zealand)
"Insights on Southern NZ wildlife"

Mel Young (Yellow-eyed penguin researcher)
"Insights on Southern NZ wildlife"

Project Kereru, The HALO project, NZ Sea Lion Trust and the renowned Orokonui Ecosanctuary are also represented in our lineup of speakers.

Dr Lydia Uddstrom, Resident in Conservation Medicine, Auckland Zoo

Associate Professor Isabel Castro, Massey University


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