My Marsden Fund proposal success was reported this week in our local paper, the Otago Daily Times, along with the success of two of my office colleagues. Our office houses researchers from both Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and GNS Science, both Crown Research Institutes, and winning three funding bids is quite the success rate for a research staff of about 20!
Yesterday I had the sincere pleasure of being a guest on the Otago Access Radio show Kā manu o Rēhua me Dr. Anderson with Georgia and Tumai, Year 6 tauira from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti, and my colleague from Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua, Barbara Anderson. The students and I had a great time discussing my job as a plant ecologist, and some of the crazy and amazing things ecologists do when we set up and run field experiments to answer questions about the natural world.
The podcast version of yesterday’s show should be up soon, but in the meantime you can check out all the great interviews conducted by several students from TKKM o Ōtepoti in previous shows. A few of these students will head to Toronto at the end of July to attend the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education, and present on their work with the Ahi Pepe Mothnet project that is bringing science experiments directly into schools. To help support the students travelling to the conference, you can donate at their Givealittle page until Friday, 30 June!
Our paper on evolutionary priority effects in New Zealand forests has been selected as the Editor’s Choice article in the upcoming issue of Journal of Ecology — the editors wrote this great blog post summarising our findings and the implications for our understanding of ecological communities. And one of my co-authors and one of our lab’s PhD students kindly supplied me with useful (and attractive!) photos to include in the blog post.