Media Advisory 5 December 2016

Lecture on human impacts on marine and coastal environments
University of Waikato Professor of Biological Sciences Marnie Campbell is passionate about restoring marine ecosystems and will be giving her Inaugural Professorial Lecture tomorrow. Professor Campbell’s research focuses on ecosystem restoration, biological introductions, and risk systems within coastal and marine ecosystems. A major part of her research involves taking into account the social drivers of problems to create holistic solutions. Professor Campbell has spent time in pure science, government and as a consultant to the United Nations and worked in 17 countries. Her presentation will use examples from her research that illustrate the need to understand the different complexities of marine and coastal conservation issues to create solutions that are fit for purpose. Professor Campbell’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Acts on Tuesday December 6 starting at 5.15pm. It is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4.30pm in the university’s gate 1 carpark. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the university’s way of introducing its newest professors to the community.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

University celebrates World Soils Day
Today (Monday December 5) is World Soils Day and as part of a programme supported by NZ Society of Soil Science, Waikato Museum and the University of Waikato, the university’s Dr Megan Balks will give a talk about her new book, Celebrating soils, discovering soils and landscapes. The programme runs from 4pm-5.30pm at Waikato Museum, all are welcome. A new exhibition called Milk Matters: Towards Sustainable Dairying exhibition is a hands on soil-related activity for children and there will be a cake made from soil products.
Contact: Dr Megan Balks, 07 838 4109, or

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