Andrew Digby - Kakapo cursed with crusty bum
Andrew Digby is the science advisor for the kakapo and takahe recovery programmes with the Department of Conservation. He is responsible for coordinating and leading the diverse scientific research efforts for both species. He is a conservation biologist, having completed a PhD studying kiwi at Victoria University. Digby has a background in astronomy, with a PhD in Astrophysics from Edinburgh University, and he worked as a research astronomer with NASA in New York. He will talk about the latest in kakapo conservation, including a big vitamin D study in full swing (kakapo are all vitamin D deficient) and a plague of a condition known as 'crusty bum'.