Kiwi as: Life and Bird Research New Zealand-style
iROC - Investigating Research on Campus
Please be with us February 24th when Doug Robinson, Division of Natural Sciences, presents Kiwi as: Life and Bird Research New Zealand-style.
The distant islands of New Zealand were showcased in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" movies, but to get a full appreciation of the landscape and the organisms that call New Zealand 'home', Dr. Robinson and his family moved there for a 7-month sabbatical adventure. While learning the colloquialisms of the 'top of the South', he spent the majority of his time investigating the prevalence and distribution of a near-threatened bird species, the Yellow-crowned Parakeet, in Abel Tasman National Park. His research offered the opportunity to work with a philanthropic conservation organization, Project Janszoon, and the New Zealand Department of Conservation, in their efforts to restore native plant and animal species that have been decimated by introduced mammals. This presentation will focus on Dr. Robinson's time in New Zealand and provide insight into his research.
Doug Robinson is Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College. Dr. Robinson completed his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at Binghamton University in 2009, joined the Mount community in 2010, and became a tenured faculty member in 2017. Dr. Robinson is a behavioral ecologist who has focused on the biology of birds since 1994. While he is primarily interested in the various factors that drive behavior, including the social and physical environment, his broad training has opened opportunities for research with fishes and mammals. While at the Mount, Dr. Robinson has lead five study abroad trips to New Zealand that are geared toward learning about the conservation of native New Zealand plants and animals.
Kiwi as: Life and bird research New Zealand-style will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Petruzzelli, Library Director, 845-569-3601, email@example.com.