Darwin & the Sandwalk 2

Another SYSTANZ cartoon from the 90s.

Coast-to-coast, biodiversity style

This past weekend, staff and students of Lincoln University’s Ecol202 course, Biological Diversity, ventured west for their annual three day field trip of field biology and weather. This year held a bit more weather than usual, on account of a large storm slamming into the western side of New Zealand….

Are two heads better than one? Kokakos and playback responses

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Jetzabel Gross as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). A Kōkako (Callaeas cinereus). Taken at Mt BruceWildlife Centre, New Zealand.Photo by Doug Mak The perception of reality is different for each animal species and communication can be a very…

Darwin and the Sandwalk

During the 1990s the Systematics Association of New Zealand was a very active science group with regular conferences and a membership of around 100. SYSTANZ was based around scientists who were interested in systematics (the science of working out evolutionary relationships. There is an old site for SYSTANZ which has…

Shaken but not stirred

The ecology staff are back at work today. Offices have been tidied, labs set right and we will be open for lectures on Monday. Ecology at Lincoln seems to have gotten off lightly after the big quake and aftershocks. The Entomology Research Museum is largely intact with some damage to…

A whole lot of shaking going on

What a long time a week is since the last blog! A 7.1 earthquake hit the Canterbury region at 4.35am on Saturday morning. The epicenter was just over 20 km away from Lincoln University. Despite a lot of damage there was, incredibly, no loss of life. This was due to…

The spirit of wine shall be green

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Juan F. Dueñas Serrano as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). “I know the cost in pain, in sweat,And in burning sunlight on the blazing hillside,Of creating my life, of giving me a soul:I shall not be ungrateful or…