Harnessing Biodiversity

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2010: Harnessing Biodiversity

This seminar looks at the range of services that ecosystems provide, which support human society, and the importance of biodiversity in ecosystems in the provision of these services.
The key concept in this seminar is that of the ecosystem, which you have studied in Year 12 Biology. What this seminar requires you to do is to bring together (integrate) everything you learnt about ecosystems and ecosystem processes in Year 12 and use this understanding to analyse the context presented in the seminar—increasing biodiversity in ecosystems. In doing so you will be thinking at scholarship level.


The Seminar Paper and Questions

  Harnessing Biodiversity Seminar Paper

Download the seminar paper and read this in preparation for your in-school workshop prior to the seminar on August 19th, 2010.


Harnessing Biodiversity Pre-Seminar Discussion Paper

Download the pre-seminar discussion paper. Use the focus questions to help you as you read the seminar paper. If you have any questions that you would like answered post them on the Seminar 6 Question Page.


The Challenge Questions

   Harnessing Biodiversity Challenge Questions
  • The CHALLENGE QUESTIONS are for discussion in your school workshop after the seminar.
  • Make sure that you post your ideas and answers to the challenge questionshere. This page will be monitored by teachers and scientists who will respond to your discussion.


Post a question for the seminar

If you would like to ask a question about the seminar paper before the seminar please click here. Questions will be answered during the seminar.


View the seminar powerpoint

A copy of the seminar powerpoint is available to download from the links below:

Part 1          Part 2               Part 3


Seminar Chat

  • To enter the online live chat please click here. During the chat you are encouraged to ask questions. Your questions will be answered during the seminar, either during the chat, or at the end of the broadcast or afterwards on the wiki.
  • You need a username and password to enter the chat. If you don't have one go to the seminar chat registration page. This needs to be done BEFORE the day of the seminar.


Watch the Seminar later

Click here to download a copy of this seminar.

You can also watch the streaming version by clicking on the player below:


Useful Resources for this Seminar

Ecosystem Services


Scientific Papers available online

The Greening Waipara Project


Links to your school programme

This seminar links to the following NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards:

  • AS 90716 Describe animal behaviour and plant responses in relation to environmental factors

and to

  • the Biology Scholarship Standard

A list of objectives from your Year 13 programme that link into the seminar can be found on page 2 of the Pre-Seminar Questions and Discussion.


About the Presenters

Steve Wratten | Michal Denny


The Bio-Protection Research Centre
The world-leading research of the Centre, focuses on finding new, non-pesticide and sustainable solutions that protect New Zealand's plant-based, productive ecosystems from existing and potentially invasive pests, diseases and weeds. This is of vital importance to the future development of the economy, especially in light of a burgeoning and diversifying trade and tourism environment.