Thursday, December 15, 2011
|Andrew Martin at work in Antarctica|
After leaving school he studied animal and plant biology at Victoria University, and subsequently specialised in the microbes that live under the sea ice around Antarctica. These inconspicous little creatures have a huge influence on the Southern Ocean ecosystem because they are at the very base of the food chain upon which all the rest of the animals depend.
His research looks at how climate change will impact on these microbes as the sea ice is affected by warming of the sea water.
Andrew has been on numerous expeditions to the frozen continent.
|Andrew and his team drill through the sea ice for samples|
Andrew featured on Radio New Zealand's 'Nine to Noon' programme recently, where he explained his research from down on the ice to radio host Kathryn Ryan. Click here to listen to this interesting interview (9 mins 38 sec)
Posted by Julian at 4:21 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A house provides not only a shelter for us against the elements, but also a place of security and warmth, a place of community and comfort.
When the sleepover finally arrived, with perfect weather, the children had indeed created a secure, safe space where they could comfortably sleep the night. They had a great time, from setting up their gear to a campfire with damper and marshmallows.
Purdy Biddle, Class Three Teacher.
Monday, December 12, 2011
|Cow Creek Swingbridge|
|Helping hands in the bush (Photo: Andrew Fisher)|
|Tararua River Crossing|
|Windswept tussock near Jumbo Hut|
|Towards Mount Holdsworth|
|The sunrise gets an audience from Jumbo Hut|