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Swimming, Diving, Fishing - This Is No Picnic!

Swimming, Diving, Fishing - This Is No Picnic!

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  • Tue 4 Jul ’17, 6:00pm – 8:30pm


Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Institute Members: $5.00
  • Students: $5.00


Auckland Museum

Swimming, Diving, Fishing – this is no picnic!

Research that can change your world - a curator's perspective.

Every year, our curators are out on expeditions collecting specimens for the continued research in their field of work. Why and how does this research help us understand the world we live in? What is it all for?

Come along and hear Tom Trnski - Head of Natural Sciences, talk about his latest Kermadec and South Pacific Expeditions. Matt Rayner, Curator of Land Vertebrates, will discuss his research in tracking seabirds to understand their exposure to plastic pollution.

Tom Trnski has led five expeditions to Rangitahua the Kermadec Islands since 2011 and the Museum holds the most comprehensive collections of marine and terrestrial plants and animals from these remote islands in the northern part of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

In addition to establishing a strong foundation of knowledge based on these collections, other research has explored the biological and genetic links of the Kermadec Islands to other islands in the neighbouring South Pacific. Tom's work has also involved undertaking research in southern French Polynesia, Western Cook Islands, Niue, and Tonga which has consolidated Auckland Museum’s reputation as a hub of marine biodiversity knowledge for the regional Pacific.

We are actively collaborating with these island communities to further their capacity to manage their marine biodiversity resources. Further to this, developing models of biological connectivity to these islands will inform predictions on changes to northern New Zealand’s marine biodiversity in a global warming environment.

In July to September 2017, Tom Trnski will be leading a research expedition, titled Southwest Pacific Expedition 2017, to remote islands in southern New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga on board the RV Braveheart. This expedition is a continuation of Auckland Museum-led research examining biological connections between Rangitahua the Kermadec Islands and the tropical islands immediately to the north of Rangitahua.

Matt Rayner has spent a decade studying the diverse seabird communities of the South Pacific leading research expeditions to remote offshore islands in New Zealand and the tropical Pacific. As such seabirds are a strength of the land vertebrate collections at Auckland Museum. Matt's research has revealed the incredibly long distance movements of seabirds beyond their island breeding sites, what drives these movements and the consequences of such movements on the genetics and population health of these amazing oceanic wanderers.

Unfortunately, seabirds are increasingly threatened in an ocean filling up with plastic and working alongside citizen scientists and international researchers Matt is seeking to understand the scale of this impact.

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