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In our backyard – Otago argues for reintroducing native creatures to urban areas

Friday, 3 August 2018 9:59am

Imagine if those scuffling sounds you hear in your garden at night were kiwi poking around looking for bugs. According to two University of Otago academics, the idea is not so far-fetched.

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Potential for Antarctica to become plastics dumping ground and home for new species

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 1:24pm

Antarctica is not as isolated from the rest of the world as scientists have thought, new research reveals, with potential for drifting plastics to create problems in the continent in future and new species to colonise there as the climate warms.

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Science Festival: Otago staff and students recognised with awards

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 7:56pm

A University of Otago frog expert who has dedicated more than 30 years at the forefront of amphibian conservation, was last week recognised for his lifelong commitment to science at an awards ceremony to launch the 11th biennial New Zealand International Science Festival.

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Forming a broader picture of New Zealand’s lost world through fossil bone DNA

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 7:07am

New Zealand’s unique and relatively short history coupled with new and revealing techniques examining ancient DNA from fossil bone fragments has provided insights around the impact of humans on the environment.

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Otago academic’s efforts honoured by genetics community

Monday, 9 July 2018 12:17pm

Professor Neil Gemmell’s unique contributions to the field of genetics have been recognised on the international stage.