Big Biology Quiz 2014

On June 3rd we will be holding the annual Bio Biology Quiz at Lincoln University where Canterbury Schools compete to see who knows the most biological trivia. Home team Lincoln High School are the defending champions and will go up against the best and brightest Canterbury Year 12 biology students. One…

Cover story: Penguins behaving badly

After 24 years I have finally completed my PhD after starting my research on penguins and other seabirds in 1990. Oh I was awarded my PhD in 1994 but the final piece of research from that study was published this week in the journal Cladistics. Just to match the gravitas of…

On the value of collections: pinning down the answer

All around the world, natural history collections are under a major threat. This major threat comes not from ravenous specimen eating beasties, or changes in the ethics of collecting specimens with the insidious infiltration of the idea that a mixture of DNA and photography can be as good as a…

1080; A new part of the foodchain

This is not another rant about why we should or shouldn’t use 1080. I simply mean to highlight the hazards through which 1080 poses a threat to non-target species via secondary poisoning and trophic transfer. If one was however looking for such an article that stated the issues and gave…