Landcare Research

Biodiversity of insects in a taxonomic collection at Landcare Research

Supervisor

Darren Ward
Grace Hall

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI123

Work with taxonomists on the diversity of terrestrial invertebrate species in New Zealand and Sub Antarctic Islands.

Learning skills to work in a taxonomic collection or natural history museum, including: 1) fieldwork and sorting field samples; 2) curation and identification of insect groups; and 3) databasing and geo-referencing 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
 

Molecular diagnostics of insects for border biosecurity

Supervisor

Darren Ward

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI124

Characterise the genetic diversity of insect groups for improved identification by border biosecurity institutions.

Learning skills: 1) Preparing insect specimens for sequencing; 2) work in a DNA lab; 3) prepare voucher specimens for identification and storing in a taxonomic collection; and 4) databasing vouchers

Applicants must have a background in genetics and an interest in Entomology
 

Mycology and plant pathology collections, data, and labs

Supervisor

Maj Padamsee
Bevan Weir
Peter Johnston

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI125

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.
 

Microbiology and plant pathology collections, data, and labs

Supervisor

Megan Petterson
Bevan Weir
Rose Williams
Elsa Paderes

Discipline

Landcare Research

Project code: SCI127

The Manaaki Whenua fungal systematics group maintains the largest collections of both dried fungi (New Zealand Fungarium - PDD) and living bacteria/fungi (International Collection of Microorganisms from Plants – ICMP) in New Zealand, and delivers data associated with the collections through the NZFungi website.
The successful applicant will provide assistance adding data to the database, maintaining and storing living bacterial & fungal cultures and tasks associated with ICMP. You will gain an understanding of the day to day running of a microbiological research laboratory. Key techniques you will learn include handling of bacterial/fungal cultures, data capture and management and microscopy. In addition, you will be expected to assist with one or two ongoing projects in the Microbiology labs at Manaaki Whenua, Tamaki. These could potentially involve culturing and identification of bacteria/fungi from field samples or the taxonomic identification of new organisms.

Requirements. Competence around sterility and sterile techniques, attention to detail, ability to keyboard accurately, a general interest in plant microbiology.