Exploring our backyard

Students had a great time getting to know our backyard. The temperate rainforests of the Hunua Ranges are an excellent outdoor classroom. We’ve made a great start on field skills ...

Bethany deploying an Automatic Bat Monitor at one of our sites. Photo credit: Elicia Milne.
New Bat Research

Our Fall 2017 students have just completed their Directed Research Projects. One of the projects we have embarked on is important new long-term research on one of New Zealand’s rare and endemic species, the long-tailed bat (pekapeka tou roa, Chalinolobus tuberculatus). This research has been generously supported by a U.S. Embassy New Zealand Grant. Read more…

Jessica's research

It’s 6:30pm, marking the start of a new night’s work. Weta are nocturnal; to study them, you have to align your schedule to theirs.

Marine Week March '17

From Christina Samela's blog... I’d forgotten how much I love being underwater. The feeling hit me earlier this week while searching for kina (sea urchins) on a rocky reef. Beneath the surface is quiet, where sea life roams in a glowing blue realm. Kina like to tuck themselves in shelves between rocks and amongst kelp, so I had to dive down and scrutinize the area until their dark, spiny forms revealed their presence....

students walking through a river
Hunua River Crossing

First field exercise in the Hunua Ranges