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13C021A Origins of New Zealand Life and Landscapes

13C021A Origins of New Zealand Life and Landscapes

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  • Wed 3 Apr ’13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full registration 3 weeks: $90.00



Why are the life-forms of Aotearoa, New Zealand so different from elsewhere in the world? Where did they come from, and how long have they been in New Zealand as we know it?

These questions are at the core of the scientific discipline known as ‘historical biogeography’, which attempts to unravel history and explain the composition and form of today’s flora and fauna – what lives where and why.

This course examines New Zealand’s environment and our current interpretation of its history – plants, animals and geological features – in the context of evolutionary time. It includes an introduction to methods used to explain these features – from the time of the dinosaurs to that of the kiwi; and it answers the question about New Zealand’ s postulated ‘drowning’ scenario with the consequent loss of all its terrestrial animals and plants.

Target audience:
Anyone interested in the history of New Zealand’s flora and fauna.

Course format:
These two-hour sessions are held over three weeks. There is a short break half-way through each session, and you are welcome to bring refreshments if you wish.

George Gibbs is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria, having retired from the position of Associate Professor in 1999.

Early bird discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date.

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