Oceans of Biodiversity

Research Group

The “SSV Robert C. Seamans” returns to Auckland!

Am amazing opportunity for students is to spend a Semester at sea, doing research and learning about the ocean, sailing, navigation, Pacific cultures, maritime history, marine biology, oceanography and more. One such programme has visited New Zealand for a few years...

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Tips when selecting biodiversity data from GBIF and OBIS

What kind of data are available? The data comprise of records of the occurrence of a species or higher taxon (sometimes animals and plants can only be identified to Genus or Family) in a place at a particular date. Most records include latitude and longitude...

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Tips for designing a scientific POSTER

Having reviewed posters for awards several times at conferences and university competitions, here is my hit list of where many posters win and fail in content and design. In content The key message and findings are hard to find. The novel aspects of the research are...

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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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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...

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