Landcare Research

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Invertebrates and Entomology at Landcare Research


Supervisor

Darren Ward

Grace Hall

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI026

TWO STUDENTS REQUESTED

Work with taxonomists on the diversity of terrestrial invertebrate species in New Zealand.

Assist with management of the invertebrate collection by sorting specimens, and by databasing specimens for biodiversity and biosecurity research projects.

Ability to work in a group or independently, position requires dexterity, care and attention to detail, patience, data entry, and read small labels.

Applicants must have an interest in Entomology.

Students from Entomology 320 or 730 courses preferred.

Fishing for Phytophthora


Supervisor

Dr. Stanley Bellgard (Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua)

Dr. Bevan Weir (Biological Heritage National Science Challenge - Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho)

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI027

Incursions from exotic Phytophthora species are considered one of the principal threats to forest ecosystems around the world. The New Zealand taonga kauri (Agathis australis) is currently threatened by a recently described, exotic Phytophthora species, P. agathidicida. Early or pre-emptive detection of novel Phytophthora species could provide an early warning before they become an established threat. Our previous research on stream-based, catchment-wide surveys of Phytophthora have focussed on west-Auckland and the Coromandel region, with no coverage of the northern, Waipoua Kauri Forests. The studentship will provide baseline data on the diversity of Phytophthora species in streams of Northland and compare catchments that contain forests with kauri dieback disease to those free-of disease.

This studentship is funded by Project 1.2 of the New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge and is specifically targeted at Māori students.

http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/programmes/assessment/novel-pathogens

Mycology and plant pathology collections, labs, and data [2 positions available]


Supervisor

Maj Padamsee

Bevan Weir

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI028

The Landcare Research fungal systematics group maintains the largest collections of both dried and living fungi in New Zealand, and also delivers data associated with the collections through the NZFungi website. The successful applicants will provide assistance adding data to the NZFungi database and mantaining, tracking, and storing fungal specimens and cultures and associated DNA sequence data. You will gain an understanding of the day to day running of a mycological research laboratory and key techniques you will learn include handling fungal cultures, data capture and management and microscopy. In addition, you will be expected to assist with one or two ongoing projects in the mycology labs at Landcare Research, Tamaki. These could potentially involve culturing and identification of fungi from field samples, analysis of taxonomic or eDNA data from nanopore sequencing, etc.

Requirements. Attention to detail, ability to keyboard accurately, a general interest in fungi, bacteriology or plant pathology.