Speaker: Dr. Kristina Ramstad, Associate Professor, Vertebrate Biology, University of South Carolina Aiken
Date: November 10, 2023, 7:00 pm
Location: The Lake House, Live Oak Hall
Admission: Free for Members; $10 for Guests
7:00 pm – Registration and refreshments
7:30 pm – Program
8:45 pm – Program ends
The geologic history of New Zealand has given rise to a myriad of unusual species that are found nowhere else on Earth. In this talk, Dr Ramstad will tell you about the historical and current ecology of New Zealand and the flightless endemic kiwi. She will present her research into inbreeding and sex-biased dispersal in the two rarest kiwi species and answer the age old question….How do you catch a kiwi?
Dr Ramstad is a conservation geneticist. Her work draws on genomic techniques and field based ecological studies to improve our understanding and management of at-risk species.
After studying sockeye salmon in Alaska for both her MSc (University of Washington) and PhD (University of Montana) research, Dr Ramstad moved to New Zealand and spent eight years studying conservation genetics of kiwi. She took up her current role at USCA in 2015 and will tell you that her current research obsession is with the wood storks of the steamy and mysterious swamps of the US South.
Be sure to register so you won’t miss this exciting event!
-Submitted by Judy Morr
(Image credit: SIB)