Modelling the invasion

Although the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) is not the fourth best novelty folk group in New Zealand it is impressively ranked in the top 6 most invasive ant species in the world. In a country like New Zealand this species poses a threat to the local biodiversity by removing native…

Banks Peninsula Biodiversity Workshop

On the 8th October from 9am till 7pm there will be a free workshop held in the Gaiety Theatre in Akaroa about enhancing biodiversity around the Banks Peninsula area. The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Lincoln University have assembled a great line up of contributors for farmers and landowners who…

Change under our toes

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Moritz Wenning as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Grazed tussocklandOriginally uploaded by pluckytree Tussock dominated grasslands are an integral part of New Zealand’s native vegetation. Ecologically, they do not only harbor a large diversity of grasses, shrubs,…

Summer Scholarships

The Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty at Lincoln University, including the Department of Ecology, is offering summer research scholarships over the summer vacation, valued at $5,000 each (tax free). The scholarship will last for 10 weeks. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit. So if you want to work…

A really lousy day!

You won’t usually see us evolutionary and ecological researchers driving around in a Ferrari, holidaying at tropical resorts or dining at the best establishments. But, hey, there are some perks! I am now the proud namesake of a bird louse species. Out there at this very moment crawling over the…

On the beach: plant communities in dune systems

Sand dune habitats are found all around the world. Sandy coasts are ever-changing with the interactions between climate, geology and vegetation. Dune habitats have to contend with storm surges, wind and rain and human impacts. Considering how important these areas are to human activities it is surprising that so little…

A tough decision for mum

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Haojin (Jin) Tan as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608).

Effluent bacteria lives and escapes….. sometimes

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Anastazia Raymond as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Dairy Cows have been getting a hard time in the media with catch phrases of ‘dirty dairying’ and ‘green streams’. But are scientists testing the impacts of land based…

Kānuka vs. gorse, the battle is on!

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Mark Parker as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Ulex europaeusPhoto by Mollivan Jon There is a struggle going on in the New Zealand forest, and it’s a battle for ultimate (plant) domination. Kānuka (Kunzea ericoides) and mānuka…

Geraniums: New New Zealand diversity

Geranium aff. microphyllumPhoto by Mollivan Jon Geraniums are a common plant genus with more than 400 species worldwide. New Zealand has its own share of species with seven native species and nine introduced species. There is, however, a reasonable level of variation within some of the native species, including variants…