Oceans of Biodiversity

Research Group

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

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 SCAR-MarBIN: SCAR-Marine Biodiversity...

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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, on marine...

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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). (2) There is also the NZIDRS scheme (3) NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and...

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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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Tips for overseas visitors to Auckland

We've regular visitors to our research group from overseas plus new students arriving. Here we start a page with some tips: Accommodation:  trademe.com -》properties -》 to rent Food: Count Down, Lim chhour ( vegetables inexpensive), New World metro, Avondale farmers...

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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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