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University of Canterbury MSc Scholarship in Conservation Entomology

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 (tara.murray@canterbury.ac.nz).

Butterflies Conference, 16–17 March 2013, UniTec, Auckland

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).

Pricing:
Registration: $140 per person, closes 28 February 2013
Late Registration (if space allows): $160 per person

Conference resources
Registration form (.doc format)
Conference poster (.pdf format)
Conference programme (.pdf format)

Conference 2012 abstract submission now open

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.

Conference registration and abstract submission now open

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.

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