The long invasion

New Zealand has worried about invasion for the last 200 years. Dotted around our major harbours are gun emplacements built to repel Russian and Japanese imperial designs in the late nineteenth and mid twentieth century’s, respectively. Of course neither of these invasions eventuated but there have actually been enormous numbers…

Darwin & the Sandwalk 3

Here is one that is just as topical as it was in the 90s. The Marsden Fund is the major fund for ‘blue skies’ (i.e. no immediately applied purpose) science in New Zealand. This year 91% of those that applied failed to get funding! I’m not sure that Charles would…

Life above our heads – the invertebrate fauna of West Coast rata canopy

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Andrea Honig as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). Kathrin Affeld did not choose an ordinary topic for her PhD thesis at Lincoln University. She and her team of scientists carried out a research project on the invertebrate fauna…