1080; A new part of the foodchain

This is not another rant about why we should or shouldn’t use 1080. I simply mean to highlight the hazards through which 1080 poses a threat to non-target species via secondary poisoning and trophic transfer. If one was however looking for such an article that stated the issues and gave…

Carpet Die-m: chemical warfare beneath your feet

In which we control wool eating insects. I like the quote from the Australian philosopher of science Kim Sterelny “Outside the barrier surrounding an [organism], we find a war against all. The space between skins is a no-mans land, controlled by no-one; designed for no-one; littered with the detritus of…

Life’s rich tapestry: Alumni, careers and species

This blog was set up to provide information about the research that is done in the ecology area at Lincoln University. The aim was to allow teachers and secondary students the opportunity to see NZ research in action. Over the years we have added to our readership and I would…

Everyone’s a critic: Peer review in NZ ecology

If you are the sort of person who doesn’t take criticism well then you probably shouldn’t be a scientist. Much of science revolves around the publishing of scientific papers – EcoLincNZ articles are mostly based on a recently published paper. In order for a paper to be published though, the…

The Big Bio Quiz 2013 Winners

After 80 questions in 8 rounds that ranged from whether the UK had more sheep than NZ (they do!) to what you would be doing if you were indulging in entomophagy (eating insects) we have now found a champion team in the 2013 Big Biology Quiz. Twenty two teams from…

Big Bio Quiz 2013

On June 4th we will be holding the annual Bio Biology Quiz at Lincoln University where Canterbury Schools compete to see who knows the most biological trivia. One of the set of questions this year is on information found on this blog! The answers to the 10 questions can be…

New Zealand Ecologicaly Society Conference: Student award winners

The NZ Ecol Soc conference was hosted successfully by the Lincoln University Department of Ecology this week. More than 250 candidates enjoyed four days of talks and fieldtrips. The number of student presentations was noticable this year, 43 student talks and 11 posters, as was their quality. The awards went…

NZ Ecological Society Conference

The NZ Ecological Society Conference will be held at Lincoln starting on Sunday (25th). The Conference website is here and the programme of talks can be found here. Around 250 excited ecologists will descend on Lincoln University. Some of the key note speakers are : • Richard Hobbs, University of…

Green New Zealand? Progress in Landscape development

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Johanna Voinopol-Sassu as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Johanna revisits a Lincoln University research area that examines the New Zealand rural landscape published in 2000. A critical review of the paper: A landscape ecological framework for indigenous…

Molecular Ecology Conference at Lincoln

 New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference 2012  The weekend after the New Zealand Ecological Society Conference at Lincoln University gel jockeys will be leaving their labs and heading along to the New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference (30th Novemeber-2nd December). This conference has been happening for over a decade and…