Life is a Garden, Dig it- and plant some green manure while you’re at it!

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Scott Sharp-Heward as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course. New Zealand: land of the long brown dairy farm. Or at least it sometimes feels like that, what with the proliferation of dairy farming over the last 10-15 years. This…

Kiwi vision: the blind side

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Mortiz Schmid as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course. Photo by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, Lincoln University. One of the basic principles of vision is that an eye which is supposed to maximize information gained at low light levels needs to…

Bringing nature (back) into cities…

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Cynthia Resendiz as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course. “Canterbury plains are one of the worst examples of the loss of native plants in New Zealand…less than 0.5% of native vegetation remains on our plains”, New Zealand’s Spellerberg, a…

Quake

Two large aftershocks hit the Canterbury region yesterday (a 5.6 at 1pm and a 6.3 at 2.20pm). They were extremely unpleasant to be in on the 5th floor of Ecology! The building got a real sway on. The university was evacuated as a precaution and was shut today while buildings…

A Burning Issue for Magpies

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Laura Hollerbach as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course. The Azure-Winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) occurs over wide parts of Asia and Iberia. The species, unhesitatingly described by Haojin Tan (Jin) as “pretty loud and noisy” has been studied throughout…

Voice Hears His Calling – An Interview with David Voice, Graduate of Lincoln University

David Voice is an entomological scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Christchurch, New Zealand; he completed a Master of Applied Science under the supervision of Bruce Chapman at Lincoln University in 2000. His thesis was done through the entomology department on insecticide resistance in offspring of crossed…