Marine extremes and everything inbetween is a joint conference between the Australian Marine Sciences Association and the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (AMSA-NZMSS).
NIWA is sponsorsing prizes for the best student oral and poster presentations at the conference .
For more information about go to the AMSA-NZMSS website
Didymo predictive maps, quantifying the potential threat from didymo to any river reach in New Zealand, are now in use, thanks to work by NIWA scientists. Potential percentage didymo cover and mat thickness can be mapped, based on models combining what is known about didymo biology with specific river and climate features.
As of October, didymo had been detected in 56 South Island rivers. NIWA has recently wrapped up several major didymo studies commissioned by MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) to better understand its likely spread, its ecology, and impact, and test potential control methods.
Predicting didymo’s distribution and growth
The latest model on habitat suitability for didymo growth, based on new survey data from 145 South Island sites, shows a similar general pattern to the 2005 didymo Likely Environments Map (LEM), with South Island rivers much more susceptible than North Island rivers.
Wendy received the award and lifetime membership of the NZ Marine Sciences Society. (Photo: Alan Blacklock, NIWA)
Dr Wendy Nelson, NIWA’s Taxonomy and Systematics Science Leader, has been awarded the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Award in recognition of her continued and outstanding contribution to marine science in New Zealand.
Wendy is New Zealand’s foremost expert on seaweeds, and has devoted her career to research, education, and marineconservation. At NIWA she leads an active algal taxonomy research group and a large marine biodiversity research programme.