Native Bees & insect pollinators
Dr Ngaire H. Hart is an engineer, environmental scientist, educator and global expert on NZ native bees (Ngaro Huruhuru). She has a Bachelor of Engineering (electronic and computer/systems), an MSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and a PhD in Engineering (specialising in the monitoring and imaging of our native bee populations).
An expert advisor for a range of groups including Maori Trust Boards and government organisations, she is also an educator having taught environmental science at secondary level and given numerous educational seminars in tertiary, community and corporate settings. Much of Dr Hart’s most recent practice is in raising community awareness around native bees and integrating core aspects of mātauranga Māori, science and engineering.
Dr. Hart will discuss the unique biology, diversity and population dynamics of New Zealand’s native bees. She will examine the consequences of climate change on the health of populations, and explore the possibilities community science initiatives and future research.