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About Tinkerbel405

I am an Ecologist based at Landcare Research, Dunedin (in Otago, New Zealand). I mainly work on species responses to environmental change. In 2012 I was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand. This fellowship has allowed me to return to New Zealand where I am embarking on an exciting new research program: Battlegrounds and safe havens: disentangling the roles of ecology and evolution in the response of biological communities to climate change.

Science Media Savvy course, Dunedin

Just back from the Science Media Savvy course. A two-day amazing experience run by the Science Media Center New Zealand. Fantastic opportunity!!  Great opportunity to really work on science communication skills. The course was based in the Audio Visual studio … Continue reading

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The Tea Bag Saga – Part 1 What’s with the tea bags?

As some of you will know I’ve been slightly preoccupied with Tea Bags of late. So much so that I now no longer have any choice but to write it all out in a blog post. As the title indicates … Continue reading

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What I did this week: sub one

Hopefully this is the first installment in a series of not too long posts describing what I do. I’ve started this with week sub one. This may seem odd but the plan is that my new position should start at … Continue reading

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Start here – Rutherford Discovery Fellowship – get your four cents worth

So late last year (last November) I was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship* from the Royal Society of New Zealand.  This is a fellowship specifically designed for early – mid career scientists and is a five year research fellowship. The … Continue reading

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From tropical storm to snow storm

Woke to a winter wonderland surprise. Snow everywhere and lots of it. Apparently this is very very unusual for this area which seems right looking at the vegetation subtropical (sealevel) stands of bamboo somehow don’t quite look like they ought … Continue reading

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Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

  So having decided that following the worst interview I’ve ever had (including the worst presentation I’ve ever given) I was completely convinced I would NOT be offered the prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Hence, my slightly distracted (was in the … Continue reading

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The Bat Tree

On Wednesday we had a picnic lunch in the botanical gardens. Salad from our new ice bags (the miniature version of the extreme 4WD vege shopping bag). After the pleasant lunch break we decide to take a stroll and check … Continue reading

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