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CBER Research Talk - Dr Pavel Pipek - 4 September 2017

Start: Sep 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM
End: Sep 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Title: The sound of the past: from birdsong dialects to history of avian invasions in New Zealand
Speaker: Dr Pavek Pipek (Institute of Botany of the ASCR, Průhonice, Czech Republic)
Venue: Medawar Building G01 Lankester LT (map)
Abstract: This talk will cover the work I carried out during my PhD project, and the follow-up study that I am currently carrying out at CBER. During my PhD, I explored the cultural evolution of yellowhammer song dialects after their introduction to New Zealand (from Great Britain). In order to interpret the emerging dialect patterns, I also analysed fragmented information on the history of the yellowhammer's colonisation of New Zealand. Furthermore, by exploiting a range of primary sources, including newspaper articles, I also addressed one of the current issues in invasion ecology - the reliability of data on avian invasions to New Zealand. Seeing the great potential of these primary sources, we have extended the yellowhammer case study to other passerine species that have been introduced to New Zealand; this is what I am working on at CBER. I will present some of the preliminary results of this study, which will include information regarding ship transport.