About OpenLab NZ
What do we stand for?
Our not for profit pop up OpenLab NZ is for engaging communities in Science and seeks to increase biodiversity awareness by supporting citizen science.
- to grow biodiversity awareness and invertebrate interest within the wider community
- to help inform conservation efforts
- to support citizen science in invertebrate research (and encourage data sharing with NatureWatch).
- to grow biodiversity awareness in all things cold-blooded and spineless.
- to establish a permanent lab which is open to the public to utilise and practice biodiversity research.
- to facilitate workshops on data collection and identification
Who are we?
Karin’s background is in landscape ecology, geography and ecology. She also have a PhD in Zoology (VUW). She is an Honorary Research Associate at Te Papa and works part time for DOC. Karin’s current research focuses on NZ landsnails (taxonomy, systematics and biogeography) and the development of an online atlas of terrestrial molluscs. She is interested in community engagement in science, science at primary school, future studies, future scenarios and paradigm shifts.
Natasha has a Post Graduate Diploma in Science from Massey University majoring in Cultural Geography and Environmental Practice. She is passionate about equality and community engagement. Dave (who you’ll meet below) has been training her in micro-photography.
The Wellington Open Science Lab invites you to volunteer your time for science education. We are a not-for-project venture engaging the public in hands on exploration of all things cold-blood and spineless! The Open Lab pops up with magnifying equipment and live specimens contained in their manmade habitats. Children and adults sieve through leaf litter to find a critter of interest to view up close. Experts and enthusiasts of the largely hidden world of invertebrates are on hand to ask and answer questions while learning alongside participants.
Dave, is passionate about advertising our huge diversity of small native land snails. So far over 460 species have been named with an estimated total of 1200–2000. Most are small – under 3 mm – and easily overlooked. Dave specialises in micro-photography and produces snail posters and snail identification CDs. These resources he shares at the OpenLab.