Ecological benefits of urban green areas

Rhondda.p Urban green areas have developed over several centuries to become an essential component of modern town and city planning. These green areas provide many social and ecological services such as helping to improve climate, hygiene, aesthetics, recreational opportunities, environmental protection and biodiversity. Urban green areas also help to create…

The majestic Southern Alps counteract climate change

Two major factors affecting the environment word-wide are the production of greenhouse gases (GHG), and soil loss due to erosion. Understanding how soil production and erosion processes occur on hillslopes is important not only for understanding soil transport but, less known to the average person, important for understanding global carbon…

A Different Angle on Anglers

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Veronica Frans as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). Veronica revisits a Lincoln University research area that look at the value of recreational fishing in the Rangitata published in 2004.  Many believe that it is the scientist who comes up with…

A versatile fungus

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Jenny Brookes as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). Jenny revisits a Lincoln University research area that look at using fungus to kill insect pests published in 2011. Writing a blog has proved more difficult than I remembered. Having a done…

Bringing home the bacon – Male kea and their unusally big beaks.

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Jenny Dent as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol608). Jenny revisits a Lincoln University research area that looks atthe differences between males and females published way back in 1991.“Argh, he’s attacking the thermos!!”This particular tourist doesn’t seem overly thrilled about…