The University of Canterbury is offering a MSc Scholarship for a position looking at the endangered endemic grasshopper Brachaspis robustus. They are seeking a keen, competent and enthusiastic student to work with Canterbury University, the Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury to test the importance of predation and disturbance on grasshopper survival and population growth. This project will combine ecological and behavioural field studies to monitor the outcome of the first ever translocation of the species to a predator-reduced habitat, and could be expanded to include a population genetics component. The outcomes will be used to provide recommendations on a set of management actions that can be implemented by DoC in the long-term recovery strategy for all populations of this species.
This project is ideal for a student with a passion for ecology & conservation of native species, wildlife management or insect ecology & behaviour. Applicants should hold a BSc, BSc (Hons) or equivalent Postgraduate Diploma in Science in biology, ecology, conservation, wildlife management or similar. The substantial field component of the project necessitates a full driver’s licence & competence & enthusiasm for working in the outdoors.
The scholarship covers domestic student fees for up to 2 years and research costs. A start date of March 2015 is preferred, but will consider applicants for a later start date, no later than March 2016.
A fuller description of the project is available here. Please contact Dr Tara Murray for application information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Registration and abstract submission are now open for the 64th annual conference of the Entomological Society of New Zealand, being held at Orakei Bay, Auckland, 7–10 April 2015.
Conference fees are $350 ($450 after 12 March 2015), or $250 for students. Abstract submission closes 15 March 2015.
The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust’s aim is to help with the protection and conservation of New Zealand’s butterflies and moths and habitat.
The annual conference of the Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust will be held at Unitec, Mt Albert, Auckland over the weekend of 16 and 17 March 2013. The conference will feature great speakers who will share practical ideas to assist with butterfly garden design and habitat planting for New Zealand’s butterflies and moths, as well as projects to enhance the understanding of metamorphosis and ecology and biodiversity in schools.
The AGM of the trust will take place during the weekend, where we will be changing our name to the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust (same acronym).
Registration: $140 per person, closes 28 February 2013
Late Registration (if space allows): $160 per person
Registration form (.doc format)
Conference poster (.pdf format)
Conference programme (.pdf format)
The society is proud to announce the publication of a special issue of the New Zealand Entomologist, focusing on the conservation status of New Zealand’s invertebrates. All papers in this issue are freely available for download by members and non-members alike. Check out the issue contents at the Taylor and Francis website.
Volume 35 of the New Zealand Entomologist, the first to be published by our new publishing partner, Taylor and Francis, is now available online.
The XVII Congress for the International Union for the Study of Social Insects will be held in Cairns, Australia, from 13–18 July 2014.
Abstracts submissions are now open for the 2012 conference in Whangarei. Please make sure you register your interest for the conference to receive news updates and submit your abstract soon.
Keynote and plenary speakers have been confirmed for this year’s conference. Please check the conference Programme page for further programme, symposia and speaker updates.
Registration and submission of abstracts is now open for the 3rd combined Australian and New Zealand Entomological Societies Conference to be held in Christchurch from August 28th to September 1st 2011. Click on the conference link for more details.
Christchurch will be hosting the 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Christchurch from November 28th to December 2nd 2011. Information on this conference can be found at the conference website.