Kicking up a stink for the beneficial re-use of biosolids

Just 5.5% of New Zealand soils have enough natural fertility for food production. Yet here in NZ, with our trademark ‘no.8 wire can-do’ attitude, you’ll find we manage to produce a very large amount of food. When you think about it though, that’s a hefty amount of no. 8 wire…

Thinking caps, gumboots & restoration: more questions than answers

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be on an Ecology ELLS (European Life Sciences) course run by Lincoln University. The course looks at “how restoration of plant communities can be used to resolve land degradation and contamination issues, through re-integrating biodiversity into human-modified ecosystems.” (ECOL697). This intensive two and a half…

From A to B and feeling good: the road less travelled

I am a driver. I want to get from A to B, from one side of the city to the other, in as little time as possible, with as few traffic lights as possible, as well as seeing as much greenery as possible. I am not a cyclist, a walker,…

Pack up you troubles: saving entire ecosystems from climate change by moving them

As the climate continues to change, entire ecosystems are becoming increasingly threatened by shifting abiotic conditions. Many communities of plants and animals that are part of these threatened ecosystems have a limited ability to disperse to more amenable habitats.  While climate change may make some sites uninhabitable for a given community, it…

Does size matter in restoration?

Lindsay Jackman is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Growing up in the prairies of Canada, I had rarely heard of, let along seen in practice, the idea of conservation. Then again, the prairie ecosystem is hard…

Ecological restoration is more successful with conflict management

  Nathalie Kowalski is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Ecological restoration is important for re-establishing ecosystems. Ecological restoration, however, it is not just about recreating habitats but also about changing the way humans act. The…

Ecological restoration? Yes, but to what extent?

Natàlia Blázquez Pallí  is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University.   What is ecological restoration? According to SER (2004), ecological restoration is achieved “when the system contains sufficient biotic and abiotic resources to continue its development…

What do tractors have to do with ecological restoration?

 Ross Carter Brown is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of his Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. This is his second article for EcoLincNZ. Typically, when you hear the word “tractor” things like potatoes and McCain’s TV ads come to mind. You wouldn’t…

Don’t let nature do all the work alone: strategies help ecological restoration

 Lisa Vogel is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Pure, wild and untouched nature… these were the associations with New Zealand that came to my head when I was on my way to the Euroleague for…

Turning industrial agriculture into eco-agriculture: a plea for more effort

Mara Neef is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Biodiversity is declining in countries with industrial agriculture, such as New Zealand and the European Union member states. An increase in food production and the protection of…