Varsity at the Club: Tuatara - Surviving Climate Change

Varsity at the Club with Associate Professor Nicola Nelson

Get up close and personal with a real Tuatara while hearing about how they are going to survive climate change.

Tuatara are only found in New Zealand and even then, now only in places where we can protect them from predators like rats. Their eggs produce male babies if they’re incubated in warm nests, leading to predictions of all male populations with climate change. However, the challenges coming their way with climate warming may be off-set by opportunities like ‘Predator–Free NZ’. Nicky will pull these threads together to examine how we can make our way forward to ensure tuatara survive into the future, and consider what this means for other New Zealand species.

Nicola Nelson is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. She has extensive research experience on New Zealand reptiles, particularly tuatara and effects of temperature on their biology and conservation.


Tuesday 1 October | 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start
Main Dining Room, Fifth Floor | Business Casual
$30 for presentation, arrival drink and lunch


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