Freshwater Ecology

Diatoms and westerly winds
Shelley McMurtrie
20 Aug 2015 - 17:00
Outputs
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition - tarns
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition - tarns
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition - tarns
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition - tarns
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island Bicentennary Expedition - tarns

By Krystyna Saunders:

As part of the CIBE expedition, I spent seven weeks on Campbell Island sampling 45 lakes, tarns and ponds all over the island. At each site we collected water and sediment samples. Back in the lab at the University of Bern, Switzerland, I analysed...

Identification key published online
Shelley McMurtrie
9 Jul 2014 - 17:40
Outputs
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key
EOS Ecology Campbell Island invertebrate key

The first ever interactive identification keys to the freshwater invertebrates of Campbell Island have been published online (McMurtrie, Sinton & Winterbourn, 2014).

The 2010 Bicentennial Expedition is now a distant memory but one that will ever remain in the hearts and minds of those of us who had the...

A new species of worm for Campbell Island
Shelley McMurtrie
25 Jun 2014 - 18:53
Outputs
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island, invertebrate identification key
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island, invertebrate identification key
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island, invertebrate identification key
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island, invertebrate identification key
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island, invertebrate identification key
50 Degrees South Trust, Campbell Island, invertebrate identification key

It’s a proud day when a scientist has a discovery named after her. In the field of invertebrates the chance of finding a new species is certainly greater than say working in the field of mammals, but even so, it is a rare privilege and one thing on my bucket list that I didn't think I would ever tick off.  In my case, my surname (McMurtrie) is being shared with a tiny worm (...

Freshwater ecology team update – earthquakes and online keys
Shelley McMurtrie
20 Dec 2011 - 18:00
Outputs
Christchurch earthquake, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition
Christchurch earthquake, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition
Christchurch earthquake, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition
Christchurch earthquake at EOS Ecology, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition
Christchurch earthquake at EOS Ecology, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition
Christchurch earthquake at EOS Ecology, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition
Processing samples at EOS Ecology, Campbell Island Bicentenary Expedition

A lot has happened since we returned on the 11 February to Christchurch from our expedition to Campbell Island. A devastating earthquake 11 days after our return and then another in June were among the more memorable (memorable for all for the wrong reasons) happenings. The February quake sent our freezer in the EOS Ecology lab flying and our irreplaceable 200-odd invertebrate samples thrown to the floor. It was a small miracle that they all survived the shake-up, and our gas-powered...

An ascent of Mount Honey
Shelley McMurtrie
21 Jan 2011 - 21:11
Research Areas
New plant record
Albatross on north face
Lunch time
On summit of Honey
Honey summit view
Matching photo points
Plant transect
Two tarns to sample
Tarn sampling

Today dawned in spectacular fashion with calm waters and not a cloud in the sky. Given the fine, windless day and the arrival of the Orion tourist ship, a planned trip up the Col Ridge with botanist Colin Meurk was soon changed to an ascent of Mt Honey from the north face, rather than the usual track up the west flank. Mount Honey is often covered in clag (low cloud) so we had to make...

Reminiscing about Northwest Bay
Shelley McMurtrie
17 Jan 2011 - 22:14
Research Areas
See video

With the Maia and our first term CIBE team members now safely in Bluff it is time to take a moment to reminisce about some of the trips that we have had in the first half of this expedition.

For me, I will always hold a soft spot in my heart for the Northwest Bay Hut. This may just be because it was the first hut we stayed in, but I also found it to have a lot of soul and a great view (and we all know with property it is all about the location and the view) that I have found...

Fun in Freshwater
Carla Meurk
16 Jan 2011 - 20:59
Island Life
Boat route
Six Foot Lake islet
Snack break
Six Foot Lake
Campbell Island Teal

With midterm resupply we’ve had the Maia at our disposal, transportation we utilised to access Six Foot Lake. Campbell’s tea-coloured lake is located on the south side of the island where it accentuates a landscape of flaxen tones; scattered animal bones, scavenging Skuas and Giant Petrels cloak the lakeshore...

A Sea Lion with Brawn
Alex James
13 Jan 2011 - 20:38
Island Life
See video

My ride home, the motor sailer “Maia”, arrived on Jan 10th and has been hanging around for the last few days to ferry various expedition teams to some difficult to access locations around the island. On Jan 12th the history, terrestrial ecology, and freshwater ecology teams were taken around to Northeast Harbour for a days work.

Northeast Harbour was the location of one of the largest whaling stations on the island and at its head is the mouth of Northeast Stream, a...

The little things in life
Shelley McMurtrie
8 Jan 2011 - 21:22
Candid Moments
Hooker Valley
Time For A Rest
Mrs. MacGyver
Water Sampling
Ready To Head Back To Base
Mt Faye Saddle
Grateful For Waders
Getting Closer To Base
Time To Rest

After a four-day trip away to the northern extremes of the island we were on our way home again. We had traversed and sampled a part of the island seldom visited by people – Hooker Stream that runs through the Hooker Valley. With the local name of ‘starvation valley’ I guess it is no surprise that not many people decide to frequent this part of the island (or return if they do), but I was thoroughly chuffed we made the effort.

On the final trek home with a pack...

Journey to Starvation Valley
Alex James
8 Jan 2011 - 21:01
Research Areas
Hooker Valley
Sorensen Hut
Inside Sorensen Hut
Hooker Stream Measurements
Hooker Stream Waterfall
Hooker Valley Slip
Feeding Time
Hooker Stream

The freshwater team has just returned from a sampling trip to the Hooker Valley (a.k.a. Starvation Valley) in the far north of Campbell Island. It was known as Starvation Valley in the past because its steep sides meant that once you were in the valley bottom, it would be difficult to get back out. Here we spent three nights in Sorensen Hut (a.k.a. Bull Rock Hut) while sampling four sites along the length of Hooker Stream.

The Hooker Valley is relatively flat bottomed with a steep...

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