Dirty needs non dirt heap

As I mow my relatively small lawn I am always faced with what I should do with the lawn clippings. I could put them in a green waste bin or put them back into my garden soils. I usually go for the latter – it’s easier and I feel like…

Darwin down on the farm

To Darwin, agriculture was a vital source of evidence for evolution and for natural selection. One area where Wallace disagreed with Darwin was in how useful agriculture was in explaining evolution. Wallace thought that the comparison was not very close nor was it very effective whereas Darwin devoted much space…

What they will be doing this summer

Every summer the Department of Ecology offers summer scholarships to undergraduates to get a taste of research (and to be paid for 10 weeks doing it). It’s a great way to figure out if this research lark is for you, to make contacts and to meet staff and postgraduates. This…

Of questionable character

It is almost election time here in New Zealand. This year we have been spared much of the usual hoo hah because of the recent (and spectacularly successful) Rugby World Cup dominating the news as well as the Canterbury earthquakes before that. One of the tasks that we will have…