It’s been a long time since i’ve posted a blog here. Fact is that life is very busy at the moment sorting out all the data and analysing the samples I brought back from my trip to New Zealand (studying salt excretion in coastal skinks).  In the mean time a lot has happened and I ‘ve been back in Europe for almost two months now.
My trip was absolutely amazing but also very frustrating. As any scientist will know, things are almost never going as plan and in the end we ended up changing almost everything about the study. Nonetheless, I had an amazing time and i’m pretty sure we will get some interesting results when the analysis is done.

Over the next couple months I will write different blogs about different aspects of my trip ranging from the different species I found till things like field safety. Of course ending with the results of my study, but that probably has to wait for a possible publication. But to start I will just show you some nice photos of my trip. My four months in New Zealand were largely spent on offshore islands, mostly uninhabited and sometimes as small as 20 ha. One of the main islands I worked on was a volcanic island of barely 600 years old, still completely covered in lava rocks. Fascinating to see the first stages of succession on this scale!

Don’t worry, I will post more photos soon.


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