What do tractors have to do with ecological restoration?

 Ross Carter Brown is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of his Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. This is his second article for EcoLincNZ. Typically, when you hear the word “tractor” things like potatoes and McCain’s TV ads come to mind. You wouldn’t…

Darwin and the Sandwalk – IP

 Before we do research and then publish there are a lot of hoops to jump through. None of that in Darwin’s day! No research office, no intellectual property, no worries about open access. Those were the days!

Don’t let nature do all the work alone: strategies help ecological restoration

 Lisa Vogel is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Pure, wild and untouched nature… these were the associations with New Zealand that came to my head when I was on my way to the Euroleague for…

Darwin and the Sandwalk – twitter

Social media is an increasing part of the toolset that we use as scientists. While I am not yet convinced about the value of things like Researchgate and LinkedIn (but grudgingly participate), have a minimal facebook and no instagram presence, I do engage with twitter. I have found this to be…

No prisoners! A new toxin for NZ pest mammal control

On my recent re-read of The Lord of the Rings I was struck by events that have concerned me since I read LotR as a kid, the genocidal nature of Tolkien. At the end of the major battles; Helm’s Deep, the Pelennor Fields  and at the Black Gate (and even the…

Darwin and the Sandwalk – consultation

 Sometimes it seems that science has become mostly about talking to stakeholders and getting them to tell you how to run your science and then you spend much of the rest of the time writing progress reports. Occasionally you get to do some research….

Concerning hobbits and NZ grass grub

   I’ve suggested before that The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien is a great way to prepare a young person for a career in biogeography. I would go further and suggest that The Lord of the Rings is a great way to prepare someone for ecology and evolution…