From quiet freshwater scientist to noisy activist; What happens when you get angry

Speaker: Dr Mike Joy

Location: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 35

The IAE are pleased to introduce Dr Mike Joy as presenter of this year’s Richard Norris Lecture. Mike will describe the true state of freshwaters In New Zealand a reality that is mostly covered up and denied.  He will catalogue the biodiversity and water-quality declines, their drivers and the response from government.  He will describe the failure of freshwater management in New Zealand and the relegation of science to a parody played out and then ignored by politicians and vested interests.  The narrative will take him through his decline from promising scientist to angry activist, regularly in the media and the target of regular attacks by the intensive agriculture industry lobby.  He will describe how this sequel has impacted on publishing and promotion, the highs and the lows.

About Mike
Dr Mike Joy is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand and has received a number of awards including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ ecological Society, an Old Blue award from Forest and Bird, he was named 2009 Environmental New Zealander of the year by North and South magazine, Manawatu Evening Standard 2012 person of the year, in 2013 he received the Tertiary Education Union NZ Award of Excellence for Academic Freedom and contribution to Public Education, the 2013 Royal Society Charles Fleming Award for environmental achievement and in 2015 the Morgan Foundation inaugural River Voice Award.

Mike is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at the Ecology group-Institute of Agriculture and Environment Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand.  He researches and teaches freshwater ecology, especially freshwater fish ecology and distribution, ecological modelling bioassessment and environmental science.

About the Richard Norris Lecture
The Richard Norris Lecture commemorates the life and scientific contributions of the late Professor Richard Norris, a foundation member of the Institute for Applied Ecology and an internationally-significant researcher in freshwater ecology.

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