50 shades of prey: finding hidden diversity in biodiversity capsules

Occasionally the wife has a hankering for oliebollen, a Dutch sweet doughnut/dumping creation. This is a legacy of her flatting with a Dutch couple when she was at university who would make a batch from time to time. Where do we go to find these oliebollen? There are not a…

Messages from the burning bush – seeking PhD applicants for research on plant flammability

Fire is one of the most pervasive and significant ecological disturbances worldwide. Wildfires are likely to become more frequent and/or severe in the future in many parts of the world due to climate change. To help understand the effects of fire on ecosystems or human infrastructure it is important to…

Trapping trapdoor spiders

Midnight on Codfish Island. The full moon is riding to its zenith. There’s a high wind blowing and the stars are shining bright. I am in amongst the large rear-dunes, leaning against an almost vertical sandy wall. My face is pressed up against a small opening, a little round tunnel…

Big Biology Quiz 2015

Last evening Christchurch Girls High School won the Big Biology Quiz held at Lincoln University to reign supreme as the Canterbury biology trivia champions. The team of Year 12s was made up of Sneha Bothara, Becky Morrison, Rutvi Soni and Rebecca Welsh. They were able to hold off defending champs…