Taxonomy — the science of species discovery
Published 8 October 2019 on Science Learning Hub
Taxonomy is the scientific discipline dedicated to describing, classifying, and interpreting biodiversity. In this article, I explain what it is, how it works, and why it is so important for the economy, for the other sciences, and for understanding our place in the world.
Parasitoid wasp life cycle
Published 24 May 2019 on Science Learning Hub
An overview of how native New Zealand wasps reproduce by laying their eggs on or inside a host.
Published 27 April 2019 on Science Learning Hub
An introduction to how insects use their antennae to gather sensory information including smell, touch, temperature, and wind movement. Includes the basic anatomy of antennae, and how scientists might study insect smell in order to lure pests away from crops.
SouthSci ‘Buzz in the Garden‘ | July 2019-present
I’m part of a team of four biologists working with South Auckland libraries and schools to look at how community gardens can increase insect biodiversity in our communities.
MOTAT STEM Fair | 7 April, 2019
“It’s a bugs lab” stall (live insects, entomology equipment, etc)
Liggins Institute ‘Meet-a-scientist’ Programme
03/08/2016: Auckland Girls Grammar
Wikipedia pages I’ve created:
- Hypsithocus hudsonae
- Monteithiella humeralis
- Trissolcus basalis
- Trissolcus oenone
- Dictyotus caenosus
- Cuspicona simplex
BIOSCI 320: Pure & Applied Entomology
Teaching Assistant – First semester, 2019
Field trip – Pirongia Forest Park (March 15-17, 2019)
BIOSCI 104: NZ Ecology & Conservation
Field trip – Intertidal ecology, Devonport (March 3-4, 2018)
BIOSCI 207: Animal Form & Function
Field trip – Behavioural ecology, Muriwai gannet colony (October 13, 2018)