Climate, Freshwater & Ocean Science

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16 January 2019

It may be rubbish to everyone else, but to Amanda Valois each little scrap of plastic on a river bank or in a waterway tells a valuable story.

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Voyage of Discovery

An international group of researchers head to Antarctica to spend six weeks studying ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem processes with the focus on the newly created Ross Sea Region MPA.

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The science of art or the art of science…

If you think science and art have nothing in common, think again. At environmental science institute NIWA, it’s all about one inspiring the other.

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The eel earbone detective

As a young child growing up on an Irish farm, one of Eimear Egan’s chores was to regularly clean out the well from where her family drew its drinking water. In the well lived a large eel that, no matter how many times it was shifted, just kept coming back.

Can a leopard seal change its spots?

A leopard seal, who has made the balmy waters around Auckland home, is prompting a NIWA scientist to campaign for her to be made a New Zealand citizen.