M J Barnett Memorial Lecture
Thursday 10 Aug
The M J Barnett Memorial Lecture is conducted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society in honour of the memory of the late Mr M J Barnett, Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for over 30 years.
Thursday 10 AUGUST
MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture
Threatened plant species - history, literature and modern developments
Dr Gary Houliston graduated with a PhD in Botany from the University of Canterbury in 2003. His thesis topic was the reproduction and population genetics of Hieracium in New Zealand. Following this, he was a postdoc at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, working on the genetic of male sterility in Silene. Returning to New Zealand he was hired by Landcare Research as a conservation geneticist, leading the Conservation Genetics programme at Landcare over the last six years. He has also spent considerable time working on invasive species and the assessment methods for plant importations.
Within this work programme Gary has done considerable work on what makes plants invasive, and will share some of his findings from this work. Gary has recently taken on the leadership of the Enhancing Biodiversity Research Portfolio at Landcare Research, and will also provide a brief overview of the range of work in this area.