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!

Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution


Edward Percival Field Station [google maps]
South Island
New Zealand

kaikoura09 Group Photo

Conference co-ordinators:

Mike Steel and Charles Semple
Biomathematics Research Centre
Mathematics & Statistics
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch, NZ

Photograph Gallery page from the Kaikoura09 conference.

Bill MartinThe Venue:

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.

Previous conferences

Doom 07
Kaikoura 06
Whitianga 05
Doom 04
Kaikoura 03
Whitianga 02
Doom 01
Ruahine 00
Kaikoura 99

Upcoming events

  • BioEd 2009 (allanwilsoncentre.ac.nz)
    12th - 16th February 2009.
  • Cass09: Biomath workshop
    (invitation only)
    February 21st - 1 March 2009.
  • Adelaide Conference on Mathematical & Evolutionary Biology 09


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.

Registration fee

Regular NZ$250
Students NZ$150

Payment only by cash on arrival.

KaikouraParticipation [Update 4 February 2009]:

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.

Mt FyffeGetting to Kaikoura

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.


  • Biomathematics Research Centre
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Prof. Mike Steel
    Phone +64 3 364 2987 ext 7688
    Fax: +64 3 364 2587
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