Oceans of Biodiversity

Research Group

What factors influence citation rates of scientific papers?

It is increasingly important for scientists careers and their institutons reputations that their papers are highly cited. So what factors increase citation rates?  We recently analysed citation rates of about 6,000 papers published in the journal Biological...

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Why study marine science at the University of Auckland?

Why study marine science? Jobs There are jobs in government and crown agencies, regional councils, universities, consulting companies, teaching, and commercial companies (fisheries, aquaculture, food processing) Wisdom Most of our planet is ocean, so understanding the...

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Journals free to authors and readers

The wave of open-access journals shifts the cost of access from readers to authors. The older former print publishers charge authors over $2,000 or more per paper. Comparison with new scholarly journals who are also open-access but only charge authors $100's to around...

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New world map of the seagrass biome

Dinusha Jayathilake has published a new world map of the seagrass biome. It fills significant gaps in previous maps, and thus doubles the estimated area of seagrass globally to be 1,650,000 km². However, whether seagrass still occurs at all the map locations, or has...

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Amphipod crustaceans one of least well known taxa on Earth

Congratulations to Tri Arfianti who has just published her second paper as part of her PhD. This analysis of rates of description of amphipod crustaceans predicts two thirds of species remain to be described. In contrast, two thirds of overall taxa on Earth  and all...

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Congratulations to Irawan Asaad on being awarded his PhD!

Our group was very fortunate to enjoy the company of Irawan for the past four years. He sailed through his PhD Viva Voce interview and his name has been placed on the Dean’s list in recognition of the excellence of the thesis. This is awarded to very few people each...

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Summer scholarships and internships

SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS The University of Auckland funds undergraduate students from New Zealand and overseas to conduct research with particular academic staff during the New Zealand summer (December-February). The scholars are paid NZ$6,000 for 10 weeks full-time. The...

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How to (not) fail a PhD (and MSc)

Thinking what not to do may help to avoid doing the wrong things. So our research group recently brainstormed on how to fail a PhD. Ideas on how to fail were as follows: ............. Depend entirely on your supervisor, so then everything that goes wrong is their...

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Useful marine environmental data sources

GMED: Global Marine Environment Datasets Ecological Marine Units in 3D NODC: NOAA Oceanographic Data Center NSIDC: National Snow & Ice Data Center OceanColor: NASA Oceancolor Portal APRDC: In-situ oceanographic or atmospheric data from a Dapper OpenDap server Glovis:...

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Useful biological data sources

Free software for data analysis at GBIF GBIF: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility OBIS: Ocean Biogeographic Information System WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species GISD: Global Invasive Species Database – ISSG The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...

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Looking for job in science or academia?

  Here are some links http://physicaloxy.com/ - focus on physical and Earth sciences https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/ - the leading site in USA http://www.jobs.ac.uk/ - leading site in UK, with some positions in Ireland as well...

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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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Want to join our research group as an MSc or PhD student?

If you are thinking of wanting to join our group, consider how your interests would benefit from learning from other team members, and what you can bring to the group. Ideally, your project would work in an area related to our recent research. For example, analysis of...

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Funding for graduate students

Some sources of funding for graduate living costs in New Zealand are linked to below: (1) University scholarships are automatic for students with a GPA 8.0 (~A to A+ average, first class). If your degree is not from a New Zealand university you can calculate your...

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What to do if you got stung by a venomous jellyfish?

By Phuping Sucharitakul Herein, venomous jellyfish refer to the group of cubozoans, scyphozoans and blue bottle. Here is some advice if you get stung. First, you need to identify the jellyfish that stung you if it’s possible. This can help you a lot when it comes to...

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