Student Mentor & Academic Research Talks

The Student Mentor and Academic Research Talks (SMART) provide an opportunity for young postgraduate researchers (MSc and Ph.D.) to showcase their research and gain experience in public speaking. For the delegates, it’s a great way to be exposed to diverse new material and cutting-edge science. Five postgraduate students will be delivering their talks to us from 1pm on Tuesday afternoon. The talks are brief, approximately 12 minutes each with some time for questions at the end. We’ll hear about ecology, landscape architecture, forest pathology and urban forestry. Be sure to read the student bios and abstracts to learn more about what’s involved.


  • Laura van Galen

    PhD Candidate, University of Otago

    Restoration of Southern Hemisphere Beech (Nothofagaceae) Forests: What We Can Learn from past Experiences

    Tues 10 Nov, 13:25 – 13:45

  • Merissa Strawsine

    MSc Candidate, University of Otago

    Does Mānuka Facilitate Nothofagus Colonization?

    Tues 10 Nov, 13:45 – 14:05

  • Shachi Bahl

    PhD Student, Lincoln University

    Landscape Design Considerations for Diverse Plant-community Structures that Optimise Carbon-Storage Potential of Urban Wetlands in Christchurch, New Zealand

    Tues 10 Nov, 14:05 – 14:25

  • Vikash Ghildiyal

    PhD Student, University of Canterbury

    Effect of Chemical Pre-treatment on Physical & Mechanical Properties of Thermally Modified Wood

    Tues 10 Nov, 14:25 – 14:45

  • Paula Yarur

    Masters Student, University of Canterbury

    Carbon Sequestration Rates of Native Restoration Plantings, Southern Port Hills and Quail Island, Canterbury

    Tues 10 Nov, 14:45 – 15:05

Key Dates


Conference: 28–30 NOV

Conference Contact

Conference Manager: 

Lea Boodee

OnCue Conferences

Email: lea@on-cue.co.nz

Phone: 03 928 0620

NZ Arb


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