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Blue Ducks with Dr. Murray Williams
March 27, 2012

The students had the rare opportunity to learn about the conservation challenges threatening the Blue Duck from Dr. Murray Williams, while seeing a pair in the wild! To learn more about Dr.

tags: Field trip North Island

location: Mangahouhou, Waikato, New Zealand, Waikato, New Zealand

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In a volcanic crater!
March 24, 2012

The students continued their studies of extreme environments during a visit to the active volcano White Island.

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Geothermal Fields, White Island

location: Bay of Plenty, NZ, New Zealand, New Zealand

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Extremophiles
March 22, 2012

The students spent 2 days studying extremophilic micro-organisms with Dr. Matthew Stott.

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip North Island

location: Rotomahana, New Zealand

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Wine Tasting in Martinborough
March 18, 2012

The students took a break form the rigors of fieldwork to tour the vineyards around Martinborough and taste some of their world famous Pinot Noir.

tags: Field trip North Island

location: Martinborough, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

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Kiakora Whalewatch
February 29, 2012

The students spent a day with the Sperm Whales that live right off the coast of Kiakora and learning about ecotourism in New Zealand.

tags: Conservation Biology, Kaikoura

location: South Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Cass
February 25, 2012

The students spent a few days at the University of Canterbury's Cass Field station studying plants and their history in NZ.

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Arthurs Pass

location: Cass, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Arthurs Pass
February 24, 2012

We headed from the "wet" coast over Arthurs Pass toward Canterbury and students saw Kia, the worlds only alpine parrot!

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Arthurs Pass

location: Arthur's Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand

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Nelson Lakes
February 18, 2012

Dr. Michele Hawke talks to the students about the geological processes that created the Nelson Lakes as they make their way into the alpine zone in Nelson Lakes National Park.

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments, Nelson Lakes

location: St Arnaud, Tasman, New Zealand

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Marlsborough Sounds
February 16, 2012

The students spent a day exploring Malsborough Sounds learning about the biology of the region (a Hector's dolphin is swimming between the two boats), discussing whaling/salmon farming/mussel farming, and visiting Cpt. Cook's favorite harbor in the South Pacific.

tags: Conservation Biology, Marlborough Sounds

location: Marlborough, New Zealand

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Conservation field trip with Dr Heiko Wittmer
January 20, 2012

The students spent a day exploring a nature reserve right outside Wellington learning about conservation efforts in so called "mainland islands".

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Wellington

location: Days Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

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Otago Peninsula
January 14, 2012

Students spent a morning touring Taiaroa head, seeing abundant marine birds and mammals.

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Catlins/Otago Peninsula

location: Harington Point, Otago, New Zealand

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Exploring the Catlins
January 11, 2012

From Stewart Island we headed to the SE coast of the South Island where we saw Yellow Eyed Penguins (the rarest penguin species), petrified forests, and some of the most pristine coastline in New Zealand.

tags: Field trip Catlins/Otago Peninsula

location: Tautuku, Otago, New Zealand

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Heading back to Oban
January 9, 2012

Following the hike across Stewart Island, students took a water taxi back to town. In the middle is Dr. Michele Hawke (our resident geologist and historian).

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Hike across Stewart Island
January 9, 2012

To search for the elusive kiwi and explore a wide range of New Zealand plant/animal life the students started from Mason Bay after landing on the beach.

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Birding with Dr. Ben Bell
January 8, 2012

Students spent a day surveying the number and diversity of birds on near-mammal free Ulva Island.

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Dr. Lucy Jack
January 4, 2012

Lucy led our survey of marine life in Doubtful Sound.

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Conservation Biology, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Fiordland
January 4, 2012

Students on their way to analyze animal diversity with our vessel in the background.

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Sampling the sea floor in Doubtful Sound
January 3, 2012

Students heading out to sample for benthic organisms in the sedements of Doubtful Sound.

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Students in the Remarkables
January 2, 2012

Students in the field. There is an amazing diversity of flowering plants in between the tall grasses.

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments

location: Otago, New Zealand

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Phil in the Remarkables
January 2, 2012

Dr. Phil Garnock-Jones led us on a tour of alpine plant diversity in the Remarkables, right outside of Queenstown.

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand, Life in Extreme Environments

location: Otago, New Zealand

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Fossicking
January 1, 2012

Students on the program spent an afternoon discovering fossil evidence of New Zealand having a warmer and drier climate 16 mya.

tags: Field trip Southland/Otago, Biogeography of New Zealand

location: Bannockburn, Otago, New Zealand

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