Explaining science: laypeople, layers of meaning and lazy writing

I would estimate that about half of my time as a University lecturer is in writing/reading science. The vast amount of this is either writing or reading articles by scientists written for scientists. Science writing values precision over clarity and a layperson has very little chance of easily following along….

We are all connected: Next generation ecology salvation

We live in an era of changes, where it is easy to get caught up in the rapidly changing environments. Change is a natural process, and from the early stages of our life we encounter it. For example, communication technology, from pigeon post to the use of internet and social…

On the value of bespoke collections: regional natural history collections are important too!

  Around my home I have several books that I am currently reading. Beside my bed there is TH White’s The Once and Future King (a classic that I am finally getting around to read), Fables 20: Camelot (the only comic series I read these days) and Clive James’s Poetry…

Big Biology Quiz winners

The Big Biology quiz was held on Tuesday 3rd June at Lincoln University. Dr Tim Curran hosted the evening which saw 22 teams competing for the trophy. Questions ranged from a Darwin world safari to knowing your natives to marking great white sharks. Natural ability, as well as pizza and…

Big Biology Quiz 2014

On June 3rd we will be holding the annual Bio Biology Quiz at Lincoln University where Canterbury Schools compete to see who knows the most biological trivia. Home team┬áLincoln High School are the defending champions and will go up against the best and brightest Canterbury Year 12 biology students. One…