Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Biodiversity of insects in a taxonomic collection


Darren Ward


Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

Project code: SCI160


Work with taxonomists in the New Zealand Arthropod Collection to understand the diversity of insects in New Zealand.

Learning skills to work in a taxonomic collection or natural science museum, including:

  1. sorting field samples and identification of key insect groups; 
  2. preparing samples and DNA extraction;
  3. imaging species for computer-based machine learning methods; 
  4. learning digitisation methods and geo-referencing specimens for biodiversity and biosecurity research projects.

Applicants will work in a small group or independently. Position requires good attention to detail.

Applicants should have an interest in Entomology, but no prior knowledge is required.

Mycology and plant pathology collections, data, and labs-Two students


Maj Padamsee 
Bevan Weir
Peter Johnston


Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

Project code: SCI161

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 (two) 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 one or two ongoing projects 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.

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