Final Programme

Last updated: 14 August 2019

Date Start Finish Activity Description
Friday 23 August 06:50 11:00 Field trip Otapahi (optional) Hosted by Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust on Otago Peninsula.
Pick up from Castle Street, between the Dunedin Railway Station and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
09:00 17:00 International Penguin Early Career Scientist Workshop Centre for Science Communication Seminar Room, Room 2.06, 2nd Floor, Owheo Building
133 Albany Street
13:00 16:00 Penguin Mortality Event Workshop Seminar Room 1, 530 Castle Street
Located on Castle Street North in the north-west region of the University of Otago's Dunedin campus, between the Centre for Innovation and Selwyn College.
14:00 16:00 IUCN Penguin Specialist Group Steering Group - Update Seminar Room F.102, Upstairs Foyer, St David Lecture Theatre Complex
15:00 17:45 Registration Desk open St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
18:00 20:00 Icebreaker Otago Business School, University of Otago. Speakers at 19:00:
John Darby & Lloyd Davis on the history of IPCs
Pablo Garcia Borboroglu - celebrating 10 years of the Global Penguin Society
Saturday 24 August 08:00 Registration Desk opens St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
09:00 09:20 Welcome & Opening
09:20 10:00 Keynote: Hoani Langsbury
(New Zealand | Aotearoa)
Kaitiakitech - The blending of Matauraka and European Science in the management and protection of Taoka Species
10:00 10:40 Keynote: Dee Boersma (USA) Penguins in the Era of the 6th Great Extinction
10:40 11:10 MORNING TEA
PENGUIN STORIES 11:10 11:25 Andrea Raya Rey: Penguins connecting the world: the global social-economic power of penguins
11:25 11:40 Pierre Pistorius: At-sea vocalisation in penguins
11:40 11:55 Lloyd Davis: Murray Levick - the world’s first penguin biologist
11:55 12:10 Kenneth Sørensen: Behavioural reactions to underwater sounds of Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua)
12:10 12:25 Ruben Venegas Li: Protecting the food security of little penguins
12:25 13:45 LUNCH
FORAGING & MOVEMENTS 13:45 14:00 Charles Bost: First odyssey into the Southern Ocean: The early life of juvenile penguins
14:00 14:15 Fabrizio Manco: The delights and challenges of building habitat models from tracking devices. A case study on chinstrap penguins in the South Orkney Islands
14:15 14:30 Charles Bost (for Sara Labrousse): First odyssey beneath the sea ice of juvenile emperor penguins in East Antarctica
14:30 14:45 Thomas Mattern: A birds-eye view on food - Using animal-borne cameras to study Yellow-eyed penguin foraging ecology
14:45 15:00 Yves Cherel: New information on the foraging habitats of penguins using stable isotopes of sulphur (δ34S)
15:00 15:15 Johnathon Handley: Knowledge gaps regarding the distribution of penguins at sea: Where do we need to get to for informed marine spatial planning?
15:15 15:55 AFTERNOON TEA
15:55 16:10 Camille Le Guen: Deep Scattering Layers: a mesopelagic buffet for King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus)?
16:10 16:25 Ursula Ellenberg: Penguin plasticity: surprisingly versatile marine life-style in Fiordland penguins/tawaki
16:25 16:40 Colin Southwell: Environmental drivers and constraints of Adélie penguin population dynamics: Emerging insights from spatially extensive observations across East Antarctica
16:40 16:55 Jennifer Grigg: Shining light on the lost years to inform conservation planning: investigating the movement ecology of immature African penguins (Spheniscus demersus)
16:55 17:10 Dean Anderson: Over-winter migration of Adelie penguins from Cape Adare, northern Ross Sea
17:10 17:25 Tegan Carpenter-Kling: The diet of gentoo penguins as a response to the dynamic nature of the sub-Antarctic front
17:30 19:00 Poster Session
Sunday 25 August 08:00 Registration Desk opens St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
09:00 Welcome back & notices
09:05 09:45 Keynote: Mike Williams (New Zealand | Aotearoa) Understanding changing climates and changing oceans
CLIMATE CHANGE 09:45 10:00 Pablo G Borboroglu: Towards a Penguin Global Conservation Agenda promoted by the IUCN SSC Penguin Specialist Group
10:00 10:15 Belinda Cannell: Is climate change to blame for the halving of a high conservation value little penguin colony over a mere 10 years?
DEMOGRAPHY 10:15 10:30 David Ainley: Geographic structure of Antarctic penguin populations
10:30 11:10 MORNING TEA
11:10 11:25 Michelle LaRue: Emperor penguins in the Ross Sea: habitat and population trends over 15 years
11:25 11:40 Patricia McGill: Using the Annual Molt Census to Improve Understanding of Humboldt Penguin Populations in Peru
11:40 11:55 Claire Saraux: Life-history trait effects on fitness in little penguins: the secret of high quality individuals
11:55 12:10 Peter Dann: Long-term trends in survival of first-year and adult little penguins on Phillip Island, southeastern Australia
12:10 12:25 Lloyd Davis: The future of IPCs
12:25 13:45 LUNCH
12:45 13:45 Breakout session: Yellow-eyed Penguin / hoiho strategy
Face-to-face feedback session with mana whenua.
Seminar Room F.102, Upstairs Foyer, St David Lecture Theatre Complex
13:45 14:00 Alejandro Simeone: Recent decline in Humboldt Penguin populations in Chile, reduction or extreme population fluctuations?
14:00 14:15 Rachel Hickcox: Environmental, climatic, and biological interactions influencing the marine distribution of yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes)
14:15 14:30 Chris Muller: Factors affecting yellow-eyed penguin breeding and population dynamics in the New Zealand subantarctic
14:30 14:45 Meg Houseman: Going my way? Validation of indicator sites for penguin population monitoring at a landscape scale
14:45 15:00 Theresa Cole: Contrasting demographic histories between widespread and endemic penguin taxa
15:00 15:40 AFTERNOON TEA
POPULATION MONITORING 15:40 15:55 Fiona Jones: Large-scale assessment of gentoo penguin breeding success using a remote time-lapse camera network
15:55 16:10 Tom Hart: Using citizen science and computer vision to understand behavioural changes in relation to climate and fishing
16:10 16:25 Peter Barham: Awesome birds and rubbish birds
16:30 17:30 Poster Session
Monday 26 August 08:00 Registration Desk opens St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
09:00 Welcome back & notices
09:05 09:45 Keynote: Ralph Vanstreels (Brazil | Parīhi) What can we learn about penguins by studying their health and diseases?
DISEASES 09:45 10:00 Marcela Espinaze: Relationship between nest characteristics and ectoparasite infestations in African penguin nests
10:00 10:15 David Roberts: Responding to H5N8 Avian Influenza in African Penguins
MODELLING 10:15 10:30 Taylor Hamlin: Modelling on the move: A review of advancements in movement ecology modelling, with application for penguins
10:30 10:45 Virginia Morandini: Impact of chicks mortality events in pygoscelis penguins populations: Adélie penguin (Pysgoscelis adeliae) at the Ross Sea, Antarctica, as a model
10:45 11:25 MORNING TEA
REHABILITATION & CONSERVATION 11:25 11:40 Katta Ludynia: Insights into the “lost years” of young African penguins: using transponders in SANCCOB’s hand-reared penguins to understand movements and their role in bolstering the wild population
11:40 11:55 Christina Hagen: Initial phases of re-establishing an African Penguin colony in South Africa
11:55 12:10 Trudi Webster: Conservation management in an unpredictable environment
FOSSIL PENGUINS & EVOLUTION 12:10 12:25 Nic Rawlence: Sentinels of change: Ancient DNA shows penguins are key indicators of a dynamic world
12:25 12:40 Marcus Richards: The Last Gargantuan Penguin - a Late Oligocene Fossil from the South Island, New Zealand
12:40 12:55 Alan Tennyson: Two recently extinct penguin taxa from the Chatham Islands
12:55 14:00 LUNCH
13:50 Field trip to Oamaru (optional) Bus from St David to Dunedin Railway Station. Train departs Dunedin Railway Station at 14:30, arrives Oamaru Precinct at 17:00. Disembark and wander at will, arriving at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony by 17:45 (either reboard the train at 17:30 or walk 15 - 20 minutes)
18:15 - 19:00 viewing at Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony.
19:20 collect dinner box from caterer as you reboard the train
21:30 Arrive Dunedin
Tuesday 27 August 08:00 Registration Desk opens St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
09:00 Welcome back & notices
09:05 09:45 Keynote: Ramūnas Žydelis (Lithunia | Rituānia) Seabird bycatch in the fishing nets - global problem or local issue? Can net fisheries be managed in a sustainable way with respect to seabird populations?
PENGUINS IN CAPTIVITY 09:45 10:00 Tom Schneider: Collaboration between the Detroit Zoological Society and Falklands Conservation in assessment of penguin populations in the Falkland Islands
10:00 10:15 Tom Schneider (presenting for Paul Buzzard): Collaboration between the Detroit Zoological Society and Falklands Conservation in assessment of penguin populations in the Falkland Islands
10:15 10:30 Laura Seaman: Aged Care for King Penguins
10:30 11:10 MORNING TEA
GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGY 11:10 11:25 Vincent Viblanc: A bridge between generations: positive effects of parental telomere length on offspring phenotype and survival in king penguins
11:25 11:40 Flávia Fernandes: Evolutionary and Biogeographic History of Extant Penguins (Aves: Spheniscidae) using Genomic Data
11:40 11:55 Juliana Vianna: Comparative population genetics and phylogeography of penguins in the Southern Ocean and South America
11:55 12:10 Brian Walker: Potential of epigenetic effects on the glucocorticoid stress response in Magellanic penguins exposed to tourist visitation.
12:10 12:25 Meagan Dewar: Penguin Metagenome
12:25 13:45 LUNCH
12:45 13:45 Breakout session: Australasian Seabird Group (ASG) Informal meeting
Seminar Room F.102, Upstairs Foyer, St David Lecture Theatre Complex
13:45 14:00 Nicolás A. Lois: Intraspecific genetic structure and foraging plasticity in the Southern Rockhopper Penguin
14:00 14:15 Samanta Dodino: A tale of three “cities”: variations by site and ages in isotopic composition and mercury concentrations of Magellanic penguin during the pre-molt stage
14:15 14:30 Ali Cotton: Could eDNA help map the dynamics between African penguins and their prey?
ATTRACTIVE PENGUINS 14:30 14:45 Tracey Hammer: Social signaling of individual quality in king penguins: an experimental test of auricular feather patch as a badge-of-status 
14:45 15:00 Phil Seddon: Penguin Portraits: The rise and impact of wildlife selfies
15:00 15:40 AFTERNOON TEA
15:40 16:40 Panel Discussion: Role of visible Penguin / Human Interactions in conservation Moderator: Mike King; Panelists: Phil Seddon, Hoani Langsbury, Philippa Agnew, Helen Beattie, Nicola Craddock, Jeff Dalley
17:50 22:30 Conference Dinner (optional) Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula. Assemble outside St David Lect8re Theatre at 5:50pm for bus departure at 6pm
Wednesday 28 August 08:00 Registration Desk open St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago
09:00 Welcome back & notices
09:05 09:45 Keynote: André Chiaradia (Australia | Te Pāpaka-a-Māui) What would the penguin world be like if human-induced habitat and climate change didn't exist?
BREEDING & BEHAVIOUR 09:45 10:00 Caroline Cappello: Consequences of delayed and less synchronous breeding in Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus)
10:00 10:15 Lauren Waller: Moult phenology of adult and juvenile African penguins (Spheniscus demersus), are we seeing adjustments in timing of moult in the Benguela Upwelling System?
10:15 10:30 Louise Emmerson: Insights into the behaviour of non-breeder penguins: patterns of seasonal mass change
10:30 10:45 Quentin Schull: Linking ornamentation to mitochondrial function in breeding king penguins
10:45 11:25
FORAGING & DIET 11:25 11:40 Alastair McInnes: Group foraging in African penguins - improved foraging efficiency and benefits to volant seabirds
11:40 11:55 Yolanda van Heezik : Evidence for declining diet quality of mainland yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes): is this their final dive?
11:55 12:10 Jean-Baptiste Thiebot: Jelly Bellies: re-thinking why penguins consume gelatinous prey
12:10 12:25 Jeff White: Investigating Fiordland penguin (tawaki) dietary plasticity using stable isotope analysis
12:25 13:45 LUNCH
POPULATION 13:45 14:00 Antje Steinfurth: The effect of latitude on the foraging behaviour of the most northerly Eudyptes penguin
14:00 14:15 Klemens Pütz: The effect of oceanographic conditions on wintering strategies of Rockhopper penguins Eudyptes chrysocome from two distinct locations: Falkland/Malvinas and Staten Islands
14:15 14:30 Perviz Marker: North, South, East or West – which is best?
14:30 14:45 Ginger Rebstock: Foraging-site fidelity in chick-rearing Magellanic penguins
14:45 15:00 Farewell / Poroporoaki Sue Murray, Hoani Langsbury, Alejandro Simeone
16:00 Post-conference gathering Emerson's Brewery, 70 Anzac Avenue
Thursday 29 August 07:45 Field trip to Milford Sound (optional) Overnight stay (delegates to book their own accommodation in Te Anau)
Friday 30 August Return to Dunedin