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2016 Manawatu Lecture

The Art and Science of Soils

Dr Craig Ross, Research Associate, Landcare Research

7.30 pm Tuesday, 21 June, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

This year’s Manawatu Lecture follows the theme of the recent “convergence of science, technology, and art” S+ART Festival at Art-On-Edge.

Dr Ross will demonstrate that there is artistry in soil profiles, while also describing some of the science of these soils, and some practical applications from associated soil research.

Craig is a retired Research Associate with Landcare Research in Palmerston North. His 45 year career as a soil scientist started as a pedologist soil surveyor in the South Island (Canterbury, West Coast, and Chatham Islands). Later applied soil physics and environmental research and consultancies (along with an interest in photography), throughout New Zealand, USA, Australia, and the UK, enhanced his appreciation of the art and physical nature of soils. The lecture presents a kaleidoscope of soil colours, underpinned by science.

The Manawatu Lecture was established by the Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch as its annual prestigious lecture to recognise aspects of science particularly relevant to the Manawatu.

All warmly welcome

2015 Manawatu Lecture

Sustaining the productive capacity of our soils

Professor Mike Hedley, Massey University

7.30 pm Thursday, 27 August, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

 2015 is the International Year of Soils, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food production and essential ecosystem functions. In this, our seventeenth Manawatu Lecture, Professor Mike Hedley will talk about the work that he and his co-workers are doing here in the Manawatu to sustain the productive capacity of our soils.

Mike Hedley is the Professor in Soil Science at Massey University and the Director of the University’s Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre. Mike’s research is focussed on soil-plant interactions; fertiliser development and evaluation; soil fertility; and nutrient cycling in grazed pasture systems and nutrient budgeting.

The Manawatu Lecture was established by the Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch as its annual prestigious lecture to recognise aspects of science particularly relevant to the Manawatu.

All warmly welcome