A proposal for a new bird band exchange format

11 December 2019

The New Zealand Bird Band Text Exchange Format is a proposed format for simplifying bird band information exchange.

The role of nuclear power in global decarbonisation

10 November 2019

OPINION: Can nuclear technologies help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050? This policy brief seeks to answer what role nuclear power will play in the global decarbonisation process.

Trip Report: Crow Hut via Avalanche Peak

4 October 2019

A few months back, myself and two others (Karen and Joe) thought we’d take a weekend in late May to go for an overnight alpine tramp before…

My academic journey (so far)

13 August 2019

My academic journey so far has been a bit of an adventure—this profile was written for Royal Society Te Apārangi's student alumni profiles.

What powers the Kea Database?

23 June 2019

The Kea Database uses many different services and technologies—here's some insight on how it all works.

Kea featured on 'Our Changing World'

9 May 2019

Laura Young and I were fortunate to be featured in a recent episode of RNZ’s fantastic “Our Changing World” podcast, superbly produced by…

Trip Report: Wangapeka wanders

1 May 2019

Easter 2019 brought about the second attempt at walking the Wangapeka Track, after an aborted attempt a few years ago due to heavy snow and…

Trip Report: Freshers—the advanced crew (again)

29 March 2019

Tramps: George, Andre, Johanna, Ruth, and a large number of other CUTC-ers Route: Boyle Village to Magdalen Hut via Faust; return via valley…

Trip Report: The Gap & Castle Hill Peak

17 March 2019

After a Saturday cooped up inside, I was itching to get out onto the mountains for a bit of time for reflection and exercise. Following an…

Historical anecdotes from the University of Canterbury

6 June 2018

More than 140 years of history has resulted in many good stories from the University of Canterbury. These are some of them.

Trip Report: Freshers—the advanced crew

20 March 2018

Tramps: George (President), Ellen (Captain), and a varying number of other CUTC-ers Route: Sharplin Falls car-park to Woolshed Creek Hut via…

Community conservation data in New Zealand

3 February 2018

What do New Zealand community conservation groups do with data? This research seeks to understand data practices, and suggest improvements.

Bird of the Year 2017

9 October 2017

Update: The kea won with over 7.3K votes. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Citizen science for biodiversity monitoring in New Zealand

3 September 2017

Citizen science, the collaborative collection of scientific data by the general public, is an increasingly relevant field in an age of…

The Kea Database: a new citizen science project

3 August 2017

The Kea Database is the first citizen science project of its kind in NZ, allowing people to look up individual birds and record sightings.

Life with my eBike

9 May 2017

eBikes have a number of advantages over cars, bikes, buses and mopeds. This is my experience of using one for just over a year!

The height of New Zealand towns

1 December 2016

Ever wondered what the highest towns in NZ were? Here's the top 10, and the methodology used to find them.

Trip Report: Trapping in the Andrews Valley

7 May 2016

Tramps: George (Environmental Officer), Kerry, Annie, Michael, Alex, Ann Route: Up and down Andrews Valley One fine sunny day in May,…

Grow your own soy milk

30 June 2014

In 2013/2014 I tried growing my own soy plants in order to make my own soy milk. This is the process from soil to soy milk.