Tagged: University of Canterbury

Flotsam and jetsam: microplastics amass on NZ shores - News

Erica Mather May 10, 2016

The New Zealand shoreline is being clogged with microplastics.  A new study by the University of Canterbury reveals that the high quantities of microplastics found in coastal environments is comparable to levels identified overseas, which is surprising given New Zealand’s geographical isolation. Microplastics are small plastic particles less than 5mm in size that are found in exfoliant facial scrubs and … Read More

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

Student housing - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 12, 2013

A very welcome press release from the University of Canterbury:The University of Canterbury (UC) announced today it plans to take some pressure off the Christchurch housing market by building accommodation for students in partnership with the private sector.Construction is expected to start next year on a new 240 bed hall of residence, to be completed in time for the … Read More

Teach the Debate! - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 02, 2013

Oh but Chris Auld is a mischief-maker.The Guardian has been running a series of half-baked critiques of economics. While economists of left and right recognize them as humbug, demand for humbug remains as strong as ever.Chris Auld responds by recasting an essay by biologists critical of the idea that schools should "teach the controversy" about intelligent … Read More