Tagged: ecology

There are dozens of sea snake species in the Indian and Pacific oceans, but none in the Atlantic or Caribbean. Why? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 14, 2018

Harvey Lillywhite, University of Florida This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Beachgoers often find unusual things that have washed up with the tides. But many people were surprised when a venomous yellow-bellied sea snake recently was found alive on California’s Newport Beach. Sea snakes are less well-known than other … Read More

Ivory up in flames, but who really noticed? How messages on elephant poaching might be missed - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 13, 2018

Matthew H. Holden, The University of Queensland; Alexander Richard Braczkowski, The University of Queensland; Christopher O’Bryan, The University of Queensland; Duan Biggs, Griffith University; Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland; James Allan, The University of Queensland, and James Watson, The University of Queensland This article was … Read More

Common products, like perfume, paint and printer ink, are polluting the atmosphere - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 19, 2018

Jenny Fisher, University of Wollongong and Kathryn Emmerson, CSIRO This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Picture the causes of air pollution in a major city and you are likely to visualise pollutants spewing out of cars, trucks and buses. For some types of air pollutants, however, transportation is … Read More

Everything you never wanted to know about bed bugs, and more! - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 19, 2018

Romain Garrouste, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) – Sorbonne Universités This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. If some insects could save the world, others do their best to seriously complicate life on Earth. Among them the prize perhaps goes to the bed bug, which after decades of absence … Read More

NIWA Summer Series – Kaikoura Canyon Post Earthquake - Field Work

Guest Author Dec 20, 2017

In January and February several NIWA scientists focused on finding out more about what happened to marine environment off Kaikoura following the November 2016 earthquake. Marine geologist Dr Josh Mountjoy led an investigation to map offshore faults ruptured by the earthquake and to investigate changes at the head of the Kaikoura Canyon. Data revealed huge mudslides had occurred sending … Read More

Earth Microbiome Project: crowd-sourcing the world’s bacteria - News

John Kerr Nov 02, 2017

A genetic database of over 27,000 bacterial samples from around the world – including New Zealand – will keep researchers busy for years to come. Cataloging the bacterial diversity of the entire planet? Given that microbes are basically everywhere, this seems like an impossible task. But an international team of researchers is taking on the challenge. The Earth Microbiome … Read More

Size Matters: the challenge of being a green consumer - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 26, 2017

The one thing that has really changed in the last century is the size and scale of human effects on the environment.   This isn’t to say we didn’t have impacts before. As humans spread over this globe, many vertebrate species became extinct. Whether it’s the giant mammoths or giant moas, humans alter the world around them.  What … Read More

Pristine Paradise to Rubbish Dump - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 20, 2017

Jennifer Lavers, University of Tasmania and Alexander Bond, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds A few weeks ago, the world woke to the story of Henderson Island, the “South Pacific island of rubbish”. Our research revealed it as a place littered with plastic garbage, washed there by ocean currents. This was a story we … Read More

Widespread invasive species control is a risky business - Guest Work

Guest Author May 26, 2017

By R. Keller Kopf, Charles Sturt University; Dale Nimmo, Charles Sturt University, and Paul Humphries, Charles Sturt University In 1977, on the islands of French Polynesia, government authorities released a predatory snail. They hoped this introduction would effectively control another species of invasive snail, previously introduced to supply escargot. Instead, by the early … Read More