Elizabeth de Jongh

Studying towards a MSc
Location: Julius von Haast 322
"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos" -E. O. Wilson


Primary Supervisor: Dave Kelly

Research Interests

My MSc research focus is on insect ecology and conservation, specifically measuring trends in moth biodiversity in tussock grasslands of NZ. From this project, I'm hoping to have an impact by contributing evidence of long-term changes in insect biodiversity - a form of research that is greatly needed in order to determine how these insects are faring! Through this project, I'm extremely excited to get out into the field and gain heaps of experience identifying moth species.

Working thesis title

Changes in moth biodiversity in a New Zealand tussock grassland over 60 years.

Personal Interests

Other interests include macro-photography, where I enjoy taking photos of plants/landscapes while hiking, and public speaking through Toastmasters International.