VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
In 2013 the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration funded our expedition to Subantarctic Antipodes Island. Winter in the Subantarctic is a short film (2015) recorded on that expedition.
New Zealand was one of the last places on earth to be colonised by humans, just over 1000 years ago. Ever since, New Zealand has lived the legacy of these impacts.
Life on the Auckland Islands is hard. Just ask the settlers of Hardwicke who in 1849 were part of the shortest lived British settlement ever – 2 years and 9 months. The Maori only lasted 10 more years themselves.
Having just returned from Fernando de Noronha the plight of tropical islands under attack from invasive species is still at the forefront of my thoughts. Can the techniques we have developed in temperate latitudes on uninhabited islands be applied so readily to inhabited tropical islands?
The bird species that have lived on Fernando de Noronha for millions of years have new predators to battle: introduced cats, rats, and a three-foot Brazilian lizard. Can they survive?
Invasive cats, rats, and lizards are wreaking havoc on the native species of Fernando de Noronha. How did they all get here?
The last twenty-four hours on Fernando de Noronha have been non-stop, non-sleep, and action filled, and not just because it’s been Carnival in Brazil.
When studying invasive species on a remote island, it helps to know the island’s history. And this one’s good.
As we watch the sunset from a rocky promenade, a rodent known in Brazil as mocó, darts around, and I realize the islands must have many surprises in store for me.
After 16 hours of flying, I’m keen for a shower. Unfortunately for me, but much more so for the rest of São Paulo, the city is falling in to the grip of its worst drought since 1930.
This week I am packing my bags in anticipation of my trip to Brazil. Over the next month I will be working in the remote oceanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, supported by the Ciência sem Fronteiras programme of CAPES. I will be updating my Voices Blog regularly every few days with updates of the…
This week past the NEXT Foundation of New Zealand made the major announcement of start-up funding for a company named ZIP. Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) aims to regenerate our native birdlife by transforming the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand. On small islands (in the range of 10,000 hectares) we have the…
Last weekend I visited Uawa (Tolaga Bay) and was lucky enough to visit some of the offshore islands off the coast and survey them. A small group of us were supported by the local surf life-saving club who capably took us out in their IRBs to visit Motueka and Pourewa Islands. On each island we…
For the past five years I have worked on Tetiaroa atoll in French Polynesia – famous as the island hideaway of Marlon Brando. This week I was invited to the inaugural meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tetiaroa Society – a not for profit organisation established to oversee the conservation and sustainable use…