Professor Hulme

Rare award for professor

by Mike Isle

Recently announced Lincoln University Distinguished Professor Phil Hulme will share his expertise with a free lecture for the public to celebrate the honour.

The Distinguished Professor Award is rarely given by the university and is reserved for professors who have achieved international eminence of the highest order in their fields of research and study.

Professor Hulme has demonstrated consistent world-class research leadership and achievements of the highest international standing for over a decade at Lincoln University, the university said.

“I am of course delighted to be recognised by Lincoln University for my contribution to research but also acknowledge it would not have been possible without the contribution of many national and international collaborators as well as my outstanding students,” Hulme said.

Hulme, a professor of plant biosecurity, will mark the award with a public lecture, Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants at the university this month.

He will present an overview of how, in a little more than 200 years, New Zealand has become the weediest country in the world and illustrate the consequences for the economy and environment. “One aspect that audiences are particularly keen to hear about is what does the future hold for New Zealand and what role can we play in safeguarding our environmental future from weeds. In my lecture I’ll attempt to address these questions and describe how our approach to this problem has to change to achieve long-term meaningful results,” he said.

The free public lecture takes place at 6pm on May 9 in the Stewart lecture theatre, Lincoln University. Register on Eventbrite to attend.