The 13th Annual New Zealand Phylogenetics Conference
Saturday 7th February - Thursday 12th February 2009*
Last updated 19 March 2009
*February 12th would be Darwin's 200th birthday!
Mike Steel and Charles Semple
Biomathematics Research Centre
Mathematics & Statistics
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Photograph Gallery page from the Kaikoura09 conference.
The meeting will be held at the Edward Percival Field Station. The Field Station is located on Kaikoura's Esplanade on the waterfront, within walking distance from the town centre.
The teaching laboratory at the Edward Percival Field Station was built primarily to provide accommodation and laboratory facilities for University of Canterbury undergraduate field courses. More info on the Edward Percival Field Station can be obtained from their website.
Talks will be 15 mins in length - plus up to 5 minutes for questions and/or discussion. The first talk will begin at 9:00am on Sunday, 8 February. The program is now available for download here (PDF, 38 KB).
The conference will finish at midday Thursday, 12 February.
Payment only by cash on arrival.
As the number of people who applied to attend this meeting well exceeded our 50-limit, we had to select 50 from those who have pre-registered, to ensure a good mix of disciplines (biology, math, etc), a variety of topics, countries, and a mix of (local and overseas) students and professors. Here is the list (PDF, 12 KB) of overseas and NZ-based participants selected to attend. A number of other participants are on a waiting list and will be added if/when any other cancellations arise.
We are sorry if you are not on this list, but the facility and format for the meeting can only support 50 people.
Kaikoura is roughly halfway between Blenheim and Christhurch on State Highway 1. It is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch and 1.75 hours from Blenheim.
Rental cars are available from:
Bus / Shuttle information is available from:
Delegates are to arrange their own accomodation. The Panorama Motel, the Admiral Court and the Anchor Inn Motel are recommended as they are situated near to the conference venue. New (upmarket) accomodation is available at Waterfront Apartments or Kaikoura Cottages (Phone:+64 3 3195599). Additional accommodation information can be found at the Kaikoura information website and also virtual-kaikoura.com
There is also free shared/backpacker style accomodation available for students at the Marine Lab. Spaces are limited and you will need your own sleeping bag.
- Mt. Fyffe (1600m) - hike
- Mountain run - secret circuit - Charles Semple
- Alpine 'surprise' adventure - Mike Steel
- 4WD trip (3 hours) around the area - Kaikoura Mountain Safaris
- Whale watch
- World of Whales - Kaikoura Helicopters
- Dolphin Encounter
- Lavendyl Lavender Farm
- Animal Farm and Llama Treks - Cushchine Cottage
- Kaikoura Kayaks
- Kaikoura Fishing Charters
- Kaikoura Museum
- Coastal walk south of Oaro - fossils
- Excursion to Woodside Creek - one of the first known sites of the Cretaceous-Tertiary "(K-T)" boundary