Tagged: ecology

The complex future of ecology - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Aug 27, 2015

If you believe the next mass extinction event (caused by humans) has begun, how do humans begin to choose which species to save? Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Daniel Stouffer may be able to help, although he isn’t looking at kiwi, lichens, or in fact any particular species. Instead, he’s working on ways to study all of them at the same … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #3 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Apr 11, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. The Royals are probably celebrating on Macquarie now that it is pest free.   1. The definite hoorah moment this week was hearing the news that Macquarie Island (the Australian subAntarctic island south of New Zealand) is now … Read More

Annihilate, really? – show me the evidence - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 18, 2013

The nation missed an important opportunity at Raglan. If cats have been removed from the Raglan community then, had we the time beforehand to prepare, we could have tested whether cats were a beneficial urban predator, as claimed here and here. Cats on evidence. Evidence on cats… and their relationship with other … Read More

Science, evidence, policy and good government - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Feb 07, 2013

Since beginning Polit-ecol Science a small number of colleagues have queried me on why I would write a blog that might be political and, to some, contentious. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that they would not do such a thing because it might impact on their chances of career advancement and success at external research funding. Frankly, … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: The Continuous Plankton Recorder - Field Work

Guest Work Feb 07, 2013

Dr Helen Bostock, marine geologist at NIWA, writes: Date: 6/2/2013 Position: 52.244066˚S, 164.093142˚E Weather: Cloudy and getting cooler Sea state: 1-2 m swell – not too rough Yesterday, while many of us were in our beds trying to get over sea sickness, Mark Fenwick (the token biologist) and several of the crew deployed the … Read More

Whipping the poor to garden – an ecological injustice - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jan 06, 2013

Weekly newspaper columnists most often opine on people and society. Michael Laws, in his weekly Sunday Star Times column, has a particular trenchant for admonishing people with fewer resources than himself. This Sunday, Laws advocated gardening to the poor in “Want to eat well? Simply grow your own food” (Sunday Star Times January 6th). Seldom do weekly columnists … Read More