Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Biodiversity of insects in a taxonomic collection at Landcare Research


Darren Ward
Thomas Buckley
Grace Hall


Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

Project code: SCI083


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 science museum, including: 1) fieldwork and sorting field samples; 2) curation and identification of insect groups; 3) DNA extraction of insect specimens, and 4) 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.

Mycology, Plant Pathology, and Myrtle rust



Mahajabeen Padamsee
Bevan Weir
Peter Johnston


Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

Project code: SCI084

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 (X2) will provide assistance adding data to the NZFungi database and maintaining, 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 an ongoing project on myrtle rust in the mycology labs at Manaaki Whenua-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.


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