CBB Seminar: A Sponge is not as you suppose Event as iCalendar


01 August 2013

18 - 18pm

Venue: Tamaki Innovation Campus, University of Auckland, Blg 733, Rm 201

Host: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Michelle Kelly CBB

Michelle Kelly

“A Sponge is not as you suppose”

Michelle Kelly graduated BSc in 1983, MSc in Zoology with First Class Honours in 1988, and PhD in Zoology in 1991 from the University of Auckland. In May this year, Michelle graduated with the degree of DSc (Science) for her 26 years in sponge research. Her early MSc research was carried out in southern Papua New Guinea after which she returned home 2 years later to complete papers and thesis under the supervision of the late Professor Dame Patricia Bergquist, formerly Head of the old Zoology Department. Pat and her husband Professor Peter Bergquist, formerly of the old Cell Biology Department, supervised Michelle’s PhD, which was the first such study to combine ribosomal RNA sequencing with morphological data on sponges to produce a phylogeny of the Order Hadromerida. Postdoctoral Fellowship research took Michelle to Florida, to the former Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institution (now Florida Atlantic University) where she collected sponges for drug discovery by submersible. After 5 years as the resident sponge researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, Michelle returned to New Zealand to join NIWA where she now practices as New Zealand’s only professional sponge taxonomist. Michelle’s expertise in the taxonomy and systematics of sponges has lead her around the world on many exciting adventures, and into the fields of biodiversity, biosecurity, chemical oceanography, aquaculture and marine natural products chemistry. Michelle is going to give us a glimpse of her life as a sponge nerd, providing a brief introduction to the group, and will then focus on various aspects of her past and present work.

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