The big pitcher

Ecologists spend a lot of time thinking about how species in communities are linked together. While we have made progress in understanding this at small scales (like your backyard) we have seldom tried to understand this at large scales (like across continents). One of the reasons for this is that…

Not-so incy wincy spider

Cor Vink, adjunct curator of spiders at the Entomology Research Museum, Lincoln University and research scientist at AgResearch, has recently published a taxonomic revision of the New Zealand Pisauridae (nurseryweb spiders) with his colleague Nadine Dupérré (American Museum of Natural History) – Vink CJ, Dupérré N (2010) Pisauridae (Arachnida: Araneae)….

Success for Nina Valley Restoration Group

Hurunui College established the “Nina Valley Restoration Group” at the start of 2009. Nina Valley is located near Lewis Pass and is a region of beech forest. The valley has a good level of accessibility with tracks running from the road to the head. A major goal of the group…

How to have a lousy time in Durham

Durham, England, famous for its grand old city and cathedral, where bus loads of senior citizens spend their day dragging their Zimmer frames over the cobbled streets to admire ye olde England. More recently and probably more famous in New Zealand, Durham’s castle and cathedral might be better known as…

Banks Peninsula Biodiversity Workshop: Proceedings

The Biodiversity Workshop that was held at Akaroa in October 2009 is now available as a proceedings. The proceedings compile information from the various presentations given on the day and were put together by Mike Bowie, Rachel Barker and Tina Troup. Over the course of a very successful day, scientists,…