Long-tailed Bat Research in the Hūnua Ranges

Our commitment to community engagement through research gives our semester students the opportunity to work on intensive directed research projects for four to five weeks as part of their fifteen-week program. All EcoQuest research projects have scientific and societal relevance, and EcoQuest has long-standing relationships with a large number of stakeholders. This semester, we have six projects running, in locations as far afield as Whangapoua in the Far North, to Maungatautari in the mid-Waikato. We have two projects located in the Hūnua Ranges, including our bat project...


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