Science Life

Farewell for now

Rebecca McLeod Feb 01, 2011

You may have noticed that I have been a complete slacker with Science <-> Life lately. It seems life just keeps getting in the way and unfortunately the first thing to suffer has been my blogging efforts. I am about to go on maternity leave (less science, more life!) and so feel that now is the right time to shelve … Read More

New Zealand kelp forests under threat as total allowable catch limits announced

Rebecca McLeod Sep 24, 2010

I am still reeling from an announcement made yesterday by the Minster of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley regarding the setting of the total allowable “catch” for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). I thought I might try and calm down a little before I wrote this post, but the 20 or so emails that greeted me this morning from marine ecologists … Read More

The science of counting whales

Rebecca McLeod Sep 14, 2010

Yes, that is what you think it is... loving in the deep south. Photo: Lesley Douglas One of the tasks facing the research team was to count the whales in the bay. Sounds easy enough… that is until you start to consider the logistics. There are a LOT of whales to count (this year there were around 200 in a … Read More

Conflict apparent on the West Coast as marine protection recommendations released

Rebecca McLeod Aug 15, 2010 of the coolest things about the proposed MPAs is their proximity to National Parks. All of the four proposed MPA sites are situated alongside National Parks, and this will provide for a continuum of protection from, in many cases, the tops of mountains, to the depths of the sea. Read More

World Heritage Status: Added protection, or unintended destruction?

Rebecca McLeod May 18, 2010

Sometimes I curse being an environmental scientist. Particularly when I’m traveling overseas. While my fellow travelers gaze in awe at the natural wonders around them, I can’t help but see signs of pollution and degradation. I have just returned from a stint in Vietnam where I visited a World Heritage Area. It really got me thinking… When UNESCO (the United … Read More