Our lunchtime talk series continues this week with Dr Ocean Mercier (Ngāti Porou). Mercier will draw from her explorations of how mātauranga and science connect and relate in some of Aotearoa’s environmental domains in response to Joyce Campbell's ecological concerns. She is currently exploring several strands of research, including an exploration of how te taiao advocacy connects communities to place and investigating how mātauranga and Māori perceptions of biotechnologies inform pest wasp control in Aotearoa. Mercier's work with Moana Project ventures into oceanographic research, in order to explore how the intersection of traditional Māori knowledge and contemporary science can support iwi interests.

Mercier is Head of School at Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University of Wellington. Her essays include, ‘Novel biotechnologies for eradicating wasps: seeking Māori studies students’ perspectives with Q method’ (with Alan King Hunt and Philip Lester), Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences, 2019; and 'Indigenous Knowledge(s) and the Sciences in Global Contexts: Bringing Worlds Together' (with Beth Leonard), Handbook of Indigenous Education, 2018. She is also a presenter on TVNZ’s Coast New Zealand and host of Māori Television's science series Project Mātauranga.