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Our role in ocean acidification

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Abby Smith discussing the effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide on marine animals. Smith is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Role of sea stars

This is a colour video clip in which marine biologist Dr Miles Lamare of the University of Otago talks about the feeding behaviour and ecological niche of sea stars. It shows stills of sea stars and other echinoderms as well as video sequences showing the tube feet of a sea star and Dr Lamare at work.

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Understanding food webs

This is a colour video clip in which ecologist Associate Professor Stephen Wing of the University of Otago talks about the importance of understanding food webs, particularly in marine ecosystems. He gives examples of how such understanding has been applied in Fiordland, New Zealand. Still images shown include marine organisms, ...

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What are bryozoans?

This is a colour video clip in which biogeochemist Associate Professor Abby Smith of the University of Otago describes the characteristics, behaviour and habitats of bryozoans. It includes photographs and micrographs of bryozoans as well as a sequence showing Professor Smith working with specimens.

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What is an ecologist?

This is a colour video clip in which marine ecologist Associate Professor Stephen Wing of the University of Otago talks about the work of ecologists. He gives an overview of the types of questions that are investigated by ecologists and explains why he enjoys his work. Photographs of marine organisms and ecologists at work ...

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Why tag a starfish?

This is a colour video clip in which biologist Dr Miles Lamare of the University of Otago talks about the advantages of using electronic tags to study sea stars. He explains how the tags operate, the data they provide and how unusual it is for them to be used on invertebrates. Sequences showing tags on sea stars and other ...

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Working as an ecologist

This is a colour video clip in which marine ecologist Dr Candida Savage of the University of Otago in New Zealand talks about her work, what led her to it and why she enjoys doing it. She explains how her research involves a variety of experiences, requiring creativity and collaboration with other scientists in many different ...

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Carbon dioxide and the oceans

This is a colour video clip describing how carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are increasing global temperatures and causing acidification of the oceans. It features two New Zealand scientists, hydrologist Dr Dave Campbell of the University of Waikato, who talks about atmospheric water vapour, and ...

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Collaborating in science

This is a colour video clip in which Professor Keith Hunter, a marine chemist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, relates how he became aware of the need to collaborate with scientists from other fields and to work on interdisciplinary problems in multidisciplinary teams. Sequences showing Professor Hunter discussing ...

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Modelling water quality

This is a colour video clip in which Professor David Hamilton, an ecologist from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, talks about the important functions of ecosystems and the consequences of deterioration in those functions. He explains how computer models can be used to address these problems. Sequences showing Professor ...

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Why salinity and temperature are measured

This is a colour video clip in which Dr Phil Sutton, a physical oceanographer from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, details the reasons for collecting data on the temperature and salinity of the oceans. It includes sequences showing Dr Sutton at work.

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, Henry's life

Henry and his friend Franklin experiment with a hot air balloon. After blowing up his schoolhouse with an experimental self-lighting candle, Henry is expelled from school. He goes to work in his uncle's saddlery.

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The dough machine

Franklin and Henry invent 'The spoon cranking dough churner', which explodes when they fail to take into account the fact that dough expands when heated.

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The penny-farthing

Henry and his uncle make a sprung leather saddle for a penny-farthing. When Henry brings news of his success to Franklin, he is shocked to discover that his friend is still angry for the trouble he has landed them both in.

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My Place - Episode 14: 1878: Henry, The Chinese dragon

The local population brings in the Chinese New Year with traditional celebrations. Henry and Franklin contribute to the proceedings by launching their lanterns.

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My Place - Episode 15: 1868: Minna, The legend of Bloody Mary

Minna and some of her friends play the game 'Bloody Mary' and scare each other with stories about what she is like. After Minna breaks their mirror, she decides to give the neighbourhood boys a fright by crawling under their house and making strange noises.

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My Place - Episode 15: 1868: Minna, The Chinese house

Minna and her friend Adelaide visit Mr Wong's residence to give him some news about the change to a local law regarding Chinese migration. Mr Wong shows them a magic lantern that projects images of his family.

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My Place - Episode 15: 1868: Minna, Night projection

Minna and her friend Adelaide steal Mr Wong's lantern from his house. They use the lantern to frighten the neighbourhood boys by projecting an image onto the tent that the boys are spending the night in.

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My Place - Episode 15: 1868: Minna, Making amends

Minna and Adelaide confess to stealing the lantern after Mr Owen refuses to return it to Mr Wong. Minna's father has her make amends for her transgression by working for Mr Wong - a punishment that Mr Owen finds inappropriate.

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My Place - Episode 16: 1858: Benjamin, Cranberry sauce

Ben is obsessed with buying a turkey from the Owens for Thanksgiving Day in order to make his new residence feel more like home.