A Dunedin scientist has received a national award for
research which increased understanding of the risks faced by
some of New Zealand's threatened species.
University of Otago Associate Prof Ian Jamieson was awarded
the New Zealand Ecological Society Te Tohu Taiao Award for
ecological excellence this week.
The award recognises the work he, his students and the
colleagues he collaborated with had done, and its relevance
to New Zealand, Prof Jamieson said.
He had made a particular effort to pass on the findings of
his work to the Department of Conservation so they could use
them in their management of threatened species.
Prof Jamieson continues to look at the consequences of small
population sizes on threatened species and the consequences
for long-term viability. He was working with the Allan Wilson
Centre using cutting-edge technology in molecular biology to
understand what was happening when those populations reach
small numbers genetically.
Prof Jamieson will make the keynote address at the society's
meeting next year.