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Connectivity and marine conservation planning

Hundreds of papers talk about the importance of connectivity in marine conservation planning. Almost all of these papers treat MPA as islands in a sea of nothingness. Some express disappointment that it is not more explicitly considered in planning Marine Protected...

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Why Marine Reserves will work for Ireland

How to enrich Ireland’s marine life and resources  A version of this article was published in The Irish Times on 20th June 2019 Minister Creed’s exclusion of large fishing trawlers from Ireland’s coastal seas is great news for the conservation of marine life, coastal...

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Bill Ballantine, father of Marine Reserves

When I began work at the University of Auckland I inherited Bill's post-graduate diploma and MSc course on Marine Reserves. We became close friends and spent a lot of time talking about reserves and other topics.  Here are some links to articles about him and radio...

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Not too late to save ocean life: here’s how

History tells us that, as human populations expanded from Africa, there was a coincidental extinction of large animals in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. People then could not have known that their hunting was causing global-scale extinction of...

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Addressing harassment, racism, bullying and discrimination

Recent terrorist events in New Zealand and around the world have prompted reflection on how such hate and discrimination arises in a society, whether considered racism or other forms of harassment and bullying. The latter anti-social behaviours may underlie and lead...

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Tips for preparing for a PhD viva voce or defence

The process for examining and approving a PhD varies a lot between countries. In continental Europe, science theses are a set of papers copied into a single volume with appropriate introductory and synthesis chapters. Some universities have internal and external...

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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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