SEM images of two c.9,000ya fleas (probably Parapsyphyllus sp.) found in material from an ancient kakapo nesting site in central Otago.
Today I attended a lunchtime seminar at Lincoln University by two visiting researchers from the USA: Professor Jim Trappe and Dr Todd Elliott. Prof Trappe is a renowned mycorrhizal ecologist, and Dr Elliott is toted as a "world traveler, naturalist, photographer, species discoverer, artist and primitive skills trainer". Whatever that last attribute means. Dr Elliott… Continue reading Fungal Interactions
New Zealand wrens, the Acanthisittidae, are an odd bunch. They don't seem to fit into the traditional bird phylogenetic tree, and they certainly aren't particularly similar to the old world wrens Certhioidea. Studies have shown that they are more "basal" (as Dr Jamie Wood puts it), or a sister group to the Eupasseres (all the other… Continue reading The Wren Conundrum
Ashley Dene Farm is a research farm 15km east of Lincoln, owned by Lincoln University for over a hundred years. Last year (2016), a research and development station was created on the site and is used by Lincoln Hub partners for agricultural research. These include Landcare Research, AgResearch, DairyNZ, Lincoln University, and Plant & Food Research. Graeme Rogers… Continue reading Out and About With the Soils Technician
At the start of February I began a 5-6 month placement with Landcare Research. I have been extremely lucky to have been accepted onto the Science Teacher Leadership Program, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Phase 1 of the scheme involves me being placed into a research organisation so that I can get… Continue reading Sciencing