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Rakiura brings a sense of wonder to prize-winner

Back in May last year, Maisie Hamilton Murray attended Crazy & Ambitious 3 and won the grand prize of flights and accommodation to Rakiura (Stewart Island) – somewhere she’d never previously set foot . . .

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Jaynie Yang

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: What will Jaynie Yang do next?

Meet Ngā Rākau Taketake student Jaynie Yang. She handed in her Master’s in September and is excited to join the workforce, hopefully in a biosecurity capacity. But first, she is collecting data from soil cores to learn more about root production rates in kauri.

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Wilding conifers

New BioHeritage project: A horizon scan for weeds in Aotearoa

Controlling invasive species is an important part of biodiversity and conservation work here in Aotearoa New Zealand. While our focus in the past has been on invasive mammals and invertebrates, BioHeritage is funding a new project that will give researchers a head start on future weed invasions.

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David Garcia-Callejas

The science of cascades: understanding impact propagation to enhance conservation efforts

How do disturbances in our ecosystems spread and cascade across landscapes? David Garcia-Callejas is an ecologist working at the University of Canterbury with our Crazy & Ambitious Think Tank – and puzzles like this are his speciality.

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FNC co-leads

Farming & Nature Conservation attracts over $2.7 million in co-funding

A Tranche 1 BioHeritage project has attracted over $2.7 million in funding for its spin-off programmes – the AUT Living Laboratories Programme and the Farming with Native Biodiversity pilot.

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The Eco-index team

Eco-index the first in New Zealand to gain international Digital Public Good certification

The Eco-index Biodiversity Dashboards have successfully qualified as a Digital Public Good with the international Digital Public Goods Alliance – the first to do so from Aotearoa New Zealand. This is an outstanding achievement and a win for open-source collaboration in international conservation.

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Merino lambs

The New Zealand Merino Company signs on to partner with Eco-index

The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) is teaming up with the Eco-index programme to develop remote-sensing technology for quantifying native biodiversity on sheep farms.

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Waitomo Cave Anna Stewart

Lightless, not lifeless: Cave biodiversity and protection in Aotearoa

Accoladed scientist and author Jared Diamond has said that the closest human beings have come to visiting an alien planet was when Moananui explorers first landed their waka on the shores of Aotearoa. If our ecosystems are unique enough to warrant comparison with extra-terrestrial life, then life in our remote caves must be even more alien. BioHeritage spoke to Anna Stewart, research and conservation coordinator at The New Zealand Speleology Society, about these lightless worlds and how to protect them.

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Corey Ruha

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Corey Ruha, mapping the Te Arawa rohe

Eco-index welcomed data scientist Corey Ruha (Te Arawa) to the team this year. Corey is developing a working model for the Eco-index tools in the context of Te Arawa catchments. He hopes the model will help iwi, hapū and whānau in other parts of Aotearoa visualise their rohe.

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Kevan Cote AgResearch

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Kevan Cote, using machine learning to answer ecological questions

Kevan Cote’s work at AgResearch first involved tracking the welfare of goats, and more recently for Eco-index he’s creating systems to distinguish between ecosystem types. Two very different subjects, but with a fascinating common factor at play: machine learning.

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