Different flavours of jelly: species diversity in bluebottles

When I was a kid growing up in South Otago, my family would go to the Rosebank Lodge for a meal on special occasions, especially around Christmas. One of the highlights was the special parfait dishes with traffic light jellies in them, suitably festive with their red then orange then…

Understanding tree-species richness in New Zealand’s Forests

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Thomas Wabnig as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Thomas revisits a Lincoln University research area on the use of toxins for possum control published since the early 1990s. Looking at a picture from one of New Zealand’s…

Surviving in the big city

Humans have a lot of impacts on the world. While many types of habitat are in decline, there is one that continues to expand – urban areas. Here at Lincoln, even though we are 14 kms from the edge of Christchurch, there is a lot of development. Subdivisions with names…

Names at light speed

A major staple of science fiction (especially tv and movies) is a device that can tell you what species of seaweed, stick insect, sun bird or slavering alien monster you are looking at. The tricorder of Star Trek is the most famous of these device. Just point and click and…