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Cuppa with Carolyn
May 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Why conservation managers can’t change only one thing- with Dr Carolyn King
To register please use the below link and you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link to use on Thursday morning.
Pest control fails if it does not exceed the natural replacement rate of pests.
Effects must be measured in benefit to the birds, not the numbers of pests killed.
Protecting adult kiwi is the most urgent priority.
Trap avoidance in ferrets and stoats is inevitable.
Toxins are more effective than trapping, so don’t be afraid of 1080.
Tame problems: manageable and effective in short term
Don’t confuse them with wicked problems, just take a longer perspective.
Carolyn (known to friends as Kim) was born in England, and studied at Liverpool. University and at Oxford, from where she moved to New Zealand in 1971 to join DSIR Ecology Division as a scientist specialising on introduced carnivores, especially stoats.
Between 1977 and 1994, when family concerns took priority, she worked part time, writing papers and editing scientific journals for the Royal Society of New Zealand.
From 1995 to 2018 she taught zoology and ecology at Waikato University, until she retired from teaching. She is still an Adjunct Professor, now concentrating on writing and encouraging local conservation groups.
In 1999 Kim took a second PhD in religious studies, specialising in the interface between evolutionary biology and contemporary theology, resulting in a 2002 book Habitat of Grace. She has always enjoyed exploring the fascinating dialogue between science and serious, intelligent faith, and has run workshops and contributed many talks on this topic to the general public. She lives in a country house outside Hamilton.