THE JOURNEY

Diatoms and westerly winds

By Krystyna...

Identification key published online

The first ever interactive identification keys to the freshwater...

A new species of worm for Campbell Island

It’s a proud day when a scientist has a discovery named after her....

The lonliest tree in the world

An unruly, wind-blown, 100-year-old spruce tree...

Joint artist exhibition on Campbell Island

Artists Ben Reid and Annabel Menzies-Joyce came down to Campbell Island...

Ben Reid - first Cambell Island exhibition

It’s been a long time coming but, I have finally produced work in...

Mark Crompton - an 'old weather recorder'

After 44 years reading the weather, and seven years combined time on...

NORM'S BLOG 6 : Wreck relics in Monument Harbour
A WRECK IN THE HARBOUR...
NORM'S BLOG 5 : Wreck relics in Monument Harbour
WHAT THE CAMPBELL ISLAND BICENTENNIAL EXPEDITION (...
NORM'S BLOG 4 : Wreck relics in Monument Harbour
THE 2007 SURVEY

We arrived on New Year’s Eve 2006 and...

NORM'S BLOG 3 : Wreck relics in Monument Harbour

1972: Sixty years after the whalers, in January 1972, a weather station...

Norm's BLOG 2 : Wreck relics in Monument Harbour
EARLY EVIDENCE

1874: Among several Campbell Island wreck...

Norm's BLOG 1 : Wreck relics in Monument Harbour
INTRODUCTION

Since 1976, my initial interest had been for the...

Freshwater ecology team update – earthquakes and online keys

A lot has happened since we returned on the 11 February to Christchurch...

A pastry chef in the making

Steve Croasdale...

What the camera saw - Camp Cove
While we await the cultural heritage team’s report, I’ll...
History team progress update

The basic reporting on the ‘what’ and ‘where’ of...

More than megaherbs: 200 years of vegetation change on subantarctic Campbell Island

Alex Fergus is giving a talk for the botanical society of...

Interview anyone? Seeking research participants

Now that the team are back on the mainland it is time to consolidate our...

Back to Normal

In the final days of the CIBE I was kept busy engaging with the tourists...

signing off from Campbell Island for the last time

The field component of our CIBE programme is almost complete. Tomorrow (...

Stay tuned, from island to island

I feel that little niggle. That wee worry. After 9 weeks on an isolated...

Farewell windsocks of science

60 days of snow, rain, hail and gale has pelted the six 3 metre long...

A GREAT PRIVILEGE

Expedition members are winding down their field visits, packing away...

This journey is coming to an end ...

Well ‘swamps’ did warn us from day one! “There are only...

Vegetation regrowth

Many of the historic sites that were easily seen in 1981 are now obscured...

Missing Data?

Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, we will leave the island...

Campbell: Highlights and Lowlights

In this, my last blog from Campbell, I thought I’d compile a list of...

THANK YOU

This is a personal thank you to all the individuals and organisations that...

The changing colours of Campbell

When we arrived I commented that I was experiencing an unusual spring; we...

WHALE OIL – SEAL OIL?

Yesterday the History Team of Steve, Nigel and Norm walked to a site...

So you want to do fieldwork? Part 2

My previous list neglected one important fieldwork capability. In the...

The ultimate ascent of the world’s loneliest tree

I am the last person to ever ascend the loneliest tree in the world. I did...

OPEN BOAT WHALING IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

On 21 January, the History Team (Steve, Nigel and Norm) walked over to the...

Fred’s Cave Continued

I left you in my last blog crawling through the draco in search of Fred...

Campbell’s Wicked Wild Weather

Walking through a sea lion colony yesterday, Campbell’s wind...

An ascent of Mount Honey

Today dawned in spectacular fashion with calm waters and not a cloud in...

Extreme limpet sampling

A Hydra writhed below my feet, waves’ crashed beyond my right...

So you want to do fieldwork?

Many ecologists (and anthropologists for that matter) describe how the...

Once bitten, twice shy

The sea lion bites are healing well – getting to the itchy stage and...

Hot Food has always been important

Yesterday I was at the Farmhouse site, which is tucked fairly snugly (as...

Trials and tribulations on Campbell

Now, I don’t like to complain ... but this past week has been more...

FINDING FRED BLOGG’S CAVE

Many year’s ago, someone said I must try to find So-and-So’s...

Texture

Light, shade, colour, texture, form and continual change make the visual...

Dread

It’s interesting how one easily forgets feelings of dire dread. I...

Coercing island morale

Leaving 9 people alone on a cold, windy and wet Subantarctic island can...

The Hills are getting Higher

I have climbed Mt Honey on Campbell Island many times, the last before the...

Fun in Freshwater

With midterm resupply we’ve had the Maia at our disposal,...

Farewell to the Maia

It is 10.30pm and I am just back from taking photos in the waning light...

Discovery – the spice of life for a biologist

There are many things that draw people to studying and exploring nature....

Our leader’s birthday

The leader of the Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition (CIBE), Colin...

One hundred and twenty three years

This island of ours has a surprisingly rich and well documented European...

A time honoured tradition

With the Maia here for four days we had the opportunity to follow the time...

Whaling on Campbell Island

On a point at the head of Northeast Harbour on Campbell Island are well...

Fear and loathing in Penguin Bay

It sucks to be a Rockhopper penguin! This is the great biological...

The wilddeath

Many people come to Campbell Island to experience not only the wild...

A piece of flesh left on Campbell Island

While in this World Heritage location we have to be especially careful to...

Unravelling the relationships of Pleurophyllum

Early botanists exploring Campbell Island were astounded by the lush...

Tranquility

This past week has been a particularly busy one with mid-term resupply...

Dwarf Dracophyllum forests on Campbell Island

With nearly 50 species, New Zealand is the centre of diversity for the...

The little things in life

After a four-day trip away to the northern extremes of the island we were...

A piece of my heart in Campbell Island

My heart is nailed to Campbell Island
like the aluminium pegs...

Journey to Starvation Valley

The freshwater team has just returned from a sampling trip to the Hooker...

Creativity

As we near the expedition’s halfway mark I have been thinking about...

The Station Facilities at Campbell Island

One of my projects has been to make an accurate and definitive record of...

Menhir takeoff

Hi there folks, just a short one today, more of a photo blog.

As I...

Seeing the new year in with a bang

2011 was rung in with a bang here on Cambell Island – literally....

Whose tracks are these anyway?

The altercation with the Sea Lion described in my previous blog prompted...

Are there thieves on Campbell Island?

The other day I was contemplating that since landing all our gear and...

In Memoriam

I have cleared encroaching vegetation from the memorial to Leslie Clifton...

Blue eyed Yellow-Eyed Penguins

Tramping back from Penguin Bay toward North West Bay hut we stumbled...

Islands around islands

Campbell Island is really an archipelago of little dots in the ocean. On a...

Campbell Island Cushion Plants

Most plants perished from Antarctica as global temperatures cooled and the...

A Poignant Piece from Campbell Island

When I arrived at Campbell Island with the Bicentennial Expedition on the...

Beyond Superlatives

The Island is small but it expands according to the difficulty of walking...

Resurveying ‘Veg Meurk 84’

On this trip I play dual role of field assistant and researcher. During...

Naturalized plants on Campbell Island

A number of exotic plants have become established and persist on Campbell...

Skua’d

On the final day of 2010 we found ourselves working in Norton Stream which...

Mint milo and peanut butter porridge

Canadians are a fine good bunch, and ingenious to boot, a character trait...

Beware the Leopard

Here is a nasty piece of work, not that I want to demonise Leopard Seals...

Wind whipped waterfall rewind

Just a quick note today to point out a funny little wonder. At the cliff...

The bomb shed

Alex James and I had a substantial day in the field yesterday (12.5 hour...

Say it with flowers

The 28th of December! My dear wee sisters 26th birthday, so here I am...

Lichens and People

What do Lichens have to do with people? This was a question I puzzled over...

Historic photos that let us see the changes

One of the simplest and most effective ways of visualising and evaluating...

Grey with a hint of blue

Having been marooned on Campbell Island for three weeks now over early...

Sympatric speciation on Campbell Island

It is widely accepted that...

My role in the CIBE

I first came to Campbell Island in 1989 for a recce, then several more...

Off to Penguin Bay, to wrangle Rockhoppers

Well not wrangle the Rockhopper's, but I am off to monitor chick...

Botanical explorations on Mt Azimuth and Mt Fizeau

On Dec 24 Mark Crompton and I set out on a botanical expedition to the...

Christmas on Campbell Island

It’s Christmas Night 2010 and the Campbell Island Bicentennial...

Not your usual Christmas morning

Christmas morning on Campbell Island was a little different to past...

Sticky traps and sticky hands

Jo (our DOC rep) was back from helping out two phd students on the island...

The Times they are a changing – on Campbell Island

What am I doing down here – 41 years since I first set foot on...

Getting Clucky

The island’s Albatross species have been key players in the history...

A Christmas without ads

On the mainland Christmas often seems to sneak up on you but unless you...

Light and Shade on Moody Campbell Island

One of the many memorable and distinctive aspects of our daily...

Fifty years later (to the day)

Rats like to gobble creepy crawly things (insects). But which ones do they...

The weather rules my life

The NZ book titled ‘a river rules my life’ comes to mind down...

The weather

It is challenging to move about and work on Campbell Island. The lower...

Sampling Camp Stream

With some favourable weather on the forecast we travelled a bit further...

Forests and Factoids of Campbell Island

The Sitka Spruce planted in Camp Cove by Lord Ranfurly early last century...

Culinary delights and life on Campbell Island

The CIBE members live in the MetService Annex building which overlooks...

A day at the beach with the locals

Campbell Island is a place full of surprises. Today she was in a beatific...

What are we netting today?

Campbell Island is not really the place for fishnet stockings but nets are...

Single female desperately seeks company

Carla’s human impacts monitoring saw us advancing under glorious...

What a honey!

On December 14th the tourist boat ‘Tiama’ sailed into...

Logger Blogger

Following a couple of days of very cold and windy weather the freshwater...

Energy

The ridges on Campbell offer some extraordinary views of expansive...

The island and bipolar weather

I am sitting here in relative luxury in the MetService Hostel on Campbell...

a shadowy rendezvous on the boardwalk

3 days of unpacking and prepping has been followed by 32 hours on a...

Communication

Campbell Island, a small dot located in the furious fifties, is of immense...

Do you get seasick?

It is a funny thing but the one topic of conversation on a ship heading to...

renewing acquaintances

We sailed from Bluff at 21.30 NZDT on Monday 06 December 2010 aboard the...

Ginger seas

After a busy morning of loading all and sundry onto the HMNZS Wellington...

3 Days of Quarantine

It's 3pm on Monday (6th Dec) and in around five hours we will be on...

Loading the van

Wednesday dawned and the calmness of the day was broken by the sound of...

The packing continues

The team at EOS Ecology spent another day packing up the gear for the...

5 days to go and we're in packup mahem!

Well it has been a while since my last blog but I have a decent excuse -...

Our Oceans Lecture Series - Otago Museum

I'll be giving a talk on the 23rd of November as part of the Our...

A letter of support

I got a lovely letter in the post from my sister who lives in London with...

Testing recipes and fabulous food

With a 9 week expedition on a remote island with no power and no...

Thanks Swazi

Two boxes of goodies turned up the other day so there was excitement all...

Radio show with Graeme Hill - first of many

We have had our first radio interview with Graeme Hill at Radio Live today...

A helping hand

As we get ever closer to our departure date things are starting to ramp up...

Meetings and satellite sessions

A trip to Wellington's national museum, Te Papa, for the EIANZ...

Article: the world's most spectacular garden

We have had our first news article, in the Southland Times (by Rosemarie...

CIBE support function, a fun-filled evening

The evening of the 24th September couldn’t have been better if you...

Expedition planning - the paperwork

Getting to Campbell Island is not as simple as jumping on a boat. The...

Quakes, tremors, and a sad farewell

When I went to bed on Friday night (3rd September) I was thinking about...

Feeding the team

After angsting over the food list for the expedition I had a passing chat...

A special event for the CIBE

The 50º South Trust is having an invite-only support function on the...