Oceans of Biodiversity

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Join the Marine Reserves Facebook page

We are passionate about the need for more Marine Reserves, that is no-take Marine Protected Areas. News about their development is regularly posted to the Marine Reserves Facebook page. Please follow it and we hope you "like" it too. Mark coordinates the university's...

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World map of marine biogeographic realms

We have published the first world scale map of marine biogeographic realms based on empirical data analysis of the distribution of 65,000 species (Costello et al. 2017). Realms are geographic areas with a high proportion of species that only occur within them (i.e....

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More marine species in the tropics, but less at the Equator

A global analysis of the biogeography of species richness in razor clams (Solenidae) found the number of species was highest in the northern hemisphere, and dipped at the equator with a smaller peak in the southern hemisphere (Saeedi et al. 2016). Thus Chaudhary et...

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How will climate change affect marine life around Auckland?

In the past year, our research has found that there are more marine species in shallow tropical seas than in colder latitudes and the deep-sea. However, we were surprised to find that previous research had overlooked that the number of species dips at the equator....

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Less species in the deep sea, not more

For decades, the idea that the deep-sea may contain a huge diversity of yet to be discovered species has sometimes been stated as a fact. The "stability hypothesis" suggests that it is environmental stability, as occurs in the tropics, allows species to diversify....

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Sea Education Association SSV visits Auckland

On 14 November 2017, Katherine and Mark were invited to visit the Sea Education Association (SEA) Student Sailing Vessel “SSV Robert C. Seamans” when it docked in Auckland Harbour. What a great way for students to learn by getting practical experience and skills while...

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Palaeo-Art and palaeo-biodiversity

I recently learned of palaeo-art from John Lavas our biology librarian. It’s nothing to do with our needing a palaeo-diet but rich in images of what formed the diet of animals before man arrived. What I like about it is that it breathes life to fossils, as artists...

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RV Tara visits Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Katherine, Mark and Charley Waters were fortunate to visit the Research Vessel Tara on its two year voyage of exploration across the Pacific Ocean while visiting Aitutaki, Cook Islands on 17th November...

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Restoring coral reef ecosystems at Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Dr Charley Waters, an inspiring scientist in Aitutaki, Cook Islands, has started a local initiative to foster community engagement in restoring and protecting their marine environment called Aitutaki Reef Keepers. The island community, including local schools, are...

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Climate effects on Southern Ocean shrimp distribution

Congratulations to Basher. His PhD paper on how seabed living shrimp may have changed their geographic distribution during the last glaciation to today, and may change again due to climate warming, was the second most highly cited marine biology paper in PeerJ in...

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Ethics article featured

A recent paper from our group about ethics in ecological fieldwork has been picked up by Retraction Watch in an article entitle Should journals reject papers solely on ethical grounds? A follow up article in Elsevier Connect has been received over 43  comments. Please...

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..: GMED – Global Marine Environment Datasets :..

Free and ready to use global marine environmental data GMED is a global marine environment dataset. Publicly available climatic, biological and geophysical environmental layers of both present day, past and future environmental conditions. Layers were compiled...

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