ERA 2016 encourages students to participate in the annual conference. A special student day will provide an opportunity for up-and-coming young ecologists to showcase their research through oral presentations and learn from panels of experts what it means to navigate the field of ecology.


University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Building MSB, Seminar room 1.01

Parking on the University of Waikato campus is free on weekends. Gate 10 on Silverdale Road provides access to the closest carpark to the Student Day meeting venue (MSB 1.01). Please see the campus map to locate Gate 10. Limited street parking is also available along Hillcrest Road. 

Click here to view the University of Waikato Campus Map


Free shuttles will be provided for students and guests attending the student day. Shuttle seats are limited and bookings are essential! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 28th of October if you would like to book a seat on the shuttle. Please clearly specify whether you require the morning pick up (and from which venue) and/or transport from the campus to the evening Welcome Powhiri event at Claudelands. See details below. 

Start of Student day:

Shuttles will pick up at 8.15am from two locations, Hamilton Airport and the Hamilton Transport Centre (buses), and will drop off at the University of Waikato campus in time for the Student Day Registrations and Welcome. 

Close of the Student Day:

At 5.00pm, shuttles will run from the University of Waikato campus to the ERA2016 main Conference venue (Claudelands), where the Welcome and Powhiri Event will take place at 7.00pm.  


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To submit your abstract please use the main conference abstract submission form here and when you get to the themes page select "1.Student Day Abstract for Sat 19 Nov" theme option.  If you require any assistance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registration for the Student Day is free. Registrations Close 28 October 2016
To register for the Student Day ONLY click on the online student day only form here
o register for the Conference AND the Student Day, please register via the main conference form by clicking on the online conference form here

Student Travel Grant Application can be found here



Ecology in a Multidisciplinary Environment

Dr. Liz Deakin, Opus Consultants

Dr. Ottilie Stolte, University of Waikato

Annie Perkins, Groundwork Associates

Dr. Craig Gillies, Department of Conservation

Effective Science Communication

Dr. Meg Lowman, California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Monica Peters, Independant Consultant

Dr. Alison Campbell, University of Waikato

Andrew Harrison, Wintec


ERA 2016 Student Day Programme
Saturday 19 November
University of Waikato, Hamilton NZ, View Campus Map here
Building MSB, Seminar room 1.01

Time Activity
8:45 Registration
9:15 Welcome, icebreaker, and housekeeping

Panel 1- Ecology in a Multidisciplinary Environment
Ecology is now widely recognised as an important component of our society. This has resulted in many graduates rejecting the traditional academic research career path in favour of new and emerging ecology-related jobs. This may entail working with environmental entrepreneurs, civil engineering companies or Iwi. Such work involves applying ecological knowledge and method to a broad range of novel situations and challenges. These may be social and technical challenges different to those faced during a student’s post graduate research and thus can be embraced and utilised effectively. Ideas and perspectives from other disciplines have the potential to provide new insights into ecological phenomena and help address other societal challenges.
This panel will bring together a range of experts whose work involves application of ecological skills in the context of another discipline. The panel will discuss the unique skills that ecology graduates can bring to these teams as well as some of the challenges that graduates face adjusting to these roles. This facilitated panel session will be open to the floor for questions and discussion.

10:30 Morning Tea –  load morning talks


Student talks – 7 + 3 min questions


1. Richard White
Large brown mudfish populations are keystones of landscape-scale resilience to global warming in Westland swamp-forests

2. Keely Paler
The responses of alpine beetles to climate change

3. Yen Dinh
Do disturbance and productivity shape stream invertebrate traits

4. Octavia Cade
Seagrass disturbance, fragment recovery and recolonisation of Zostera muelleri beds at Raglan Harbour, New Zealand

5. Kelly Hayhurst and Sinead Spedding
Disturbance and plant association relationships with Epilobium hirtigerum: implications for management


12:00 Lunch –  load afternoon talks


Student talks – 7 + 3 min questions


6. Jane Meiforth
Detecting symptoms of kauri dieback disease by remote sensing. First results based on LiDAR data.

7. Vanessa Mander
Translocation of great spotted kiwi - when adults are let loose amongst the teenagers

8. Brandon Breedt
Distribution of mammalian pests in the Waikato Region by ecotype

9. Annie West
Changes in mandible shapes of invading house mouse populations on New Zealand off-shore islands.

10. Carly Hill
New Zealand mustelids and the ecomorphometrics of mandibles

11. Hester Williams
Eradication strategies using biocontrol agents as proxy invasive species


14:00 Fernery Walk or Ecology Quiz (weather dependent)
14:30 Afternoon Tea

Panel 2 – Effective Science Communication

A key part of a successful scientist’s role is communication of research to the public. And yet ecologists are rarely trained in how to do this or why it’s even important. As a result, crucial information never makes it from our labs to the wider world where it can be effectively translated into policy and practice. Publishing in field-specific journals is certainly part of science communication, but let’s be honest, societal-wide impact involves channelling our work into other forms of media. This panel of ecology professionals are passionate about getting their science to a larger audience and helping you learn how you can too. During this facilitated session they will share tips and tricks for diffusing scientific research and answer questions about how you, too, can translate the inner nerd.



Prize giving and closing


Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsor

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Student Day Sponsor


Field Trip Sponsor

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Pen/Pad Sponsor


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Science Open Day Sponsors

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