Tagged: native forests

Climate refugee or hardy local? Solving a botanical mystery - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence Mar 17, 2021

I’m deep in the middle of the Kā Tiritiri o te Moana Southern Alps with Michael Knapp collecting beech leaves and ripping apart rotting logs on the hunt for giant collembola. Some 17 years later, these precious beech samples would allow Michael and I to answer one of the longest-running debates in New Zealand botany. When Polynesians arrived on … Read More

Despite living amongst plants with large seeds, extinct giant moa dispersed only tiny seeds - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 26, 2018

Jo Carpenter This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When the giant moa of New Zealand were hunted to extinction about five centuries ago, the disappearance of the birds themselves was one of several losses. There were nine species of moa that ranged in size from 15 to 250 kilograms. Moa … Read More

NIWA Summer Series – Native forests suck in carbon dioxide - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 22, 2017

New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests. This research, revealed in February, and led by NIWA atmospheric scientists Drs Kay Steinkamp and Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, indicates that New Zealand’s forests absorb much more carbon dioxide than previously … Read More