Alison Campbell

Senior University of Waikato biological sciences lecturer Dr Alison Campbell is well known in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty for promoting science to community groups and school students. She has been nicknamed the skull lady by secondary school students after her presentations on human evolution. Dr Campbell established Cafe Scientifique in Hamilton as part of an effort to encourage the community to discuss scientific issues. She has also launched BioBlog website to support secondary school biology students and teachers preparing for exams. That blog is syndicated right here on Sciblogs. Alison is on Twitter @AcampbelTeacher

tomorrow’s young scientists, today - BioBlog

Oct 18, 2009

In the last few days I've been lucky enough to spend some time with the latest crop of up-&-coming young scientists :-)Yesterday I spent the day doing a Scholarship Biology preparation day for students in Hawkes Bay(very kindly hosted by...

sensory perception in t.rex - BioBlog

Oct 15, 2009

In a couple of weeks I'm heading off (with my colleague Marcus Wilson) to Taranaki, for another Schol Bio preparation day. These are always fairly full-on, but there's still time for a bit of R&R. Last year Marcus & I...

fossil poo and moa diets - BioBlog

Oct 15, 2009

This is a re-post of an item I first wrote back in July this year. It follows on from another post on moa feather colour (the link’s below) & reflects the fact that I am easily attracted by interesting bits & pieces 🙂 When I was looking for the original paper for my post on moa feather colour & reductionism, I found a whole lot of other equally interesting stuff. As one does. (It’s just so easy to wander off down some interesting side path & get completely distracted from the original task…) One of those ‘other’ papers was on fossil moa poo – coprolites – & what they have to tell us about moa feeding ecology (Wood et al., 2008). Moa have generally been regarded as browsers on trees & shrubs, occupying ecological niches that on other land masses … Read More

the music of science - BioBlog

Oct 11, 2009

There are a lot of creative people out there :-) A week or so back I showed my first-year class a rap video about DNA. One of them just asked me to put it on Moodle for them, so I...

(i’ll say it again) dose really does matter! - BioBlog

Oct 09, 2009

While doing a little bedtime reading I came across a recent post by Orac that deconstructs some anti-vaccination nonsense spouted by a blogger (writing about some upcoming H1N1 flu vaccines) in the US. I don't want to repeat it all...