Lucy Cranwell Lecture - New Zealand's Native Freshwater Flora: Living the Life Aquatic
The state and use of New Zealand’s river, lakes and freshwater systems is currently a frequently discussed and often polarizing topic. After delving into the state of our freshwater and global trends, speaker Paul Champion will focus on the botanical life you can find in our rivers and lakes. Unlike terrestrial plants, aquatic plants have evolved certain attributes to survive in water, though they remain largely unstudied. So in this talk, Champion will give an overview of NZ’s freshwater plants, the strategies they employ to stay alive, the threats they face and potential ways to conserve them.
Speaker profile: Paul Champion
Paul Champion is Program Leader - Freshwater Biosecurity & Principal Scientist - Freshwater Ecology at NIWA, based in Hamilton. Paul has specialist expertise in biosecurity, plant ecology and conservation of endangered plant species, especially in freshwater and wetland habitats. Focus research areas include assessment of weed potential of introduced plants, management of aquatic weeds, assessment of environmental impacts of freshwater pest invasions, weed control strategies and restoration of habitats impacted by invasive weeds.