240 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps
NZ Wild Life is an engrossing and illuminating exploration of the everyday biology of New Zealand. Interweaving the miniature with the majestic, ancient history with modern evidence, biologists Steve Trewick and Mary Morgan-Richards tell an enchanting story of New Zealand's ever-changing natural landscape. The evolution of New Zealand's wildlife is a dynamic interplay between isolation and colonisation, between species formation and extinction. Our natural history offers a rich and fascinating window to the way biological diversity develops, a curious story that includes:
* parrots and parakeets
* ngarara and tuatara
* freshwater crayfish
* stick insects
* ferns and fungi
* rata and pohutukawa
* rimu and totara
An accessible, informative and well-illustrated guide to the 'wild' wonderland that is outdoors New Zealand - suitable for novices and knowledgeable readers alike.
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Steve Trewick is an evolutionary biologist living in Palmerston North where he works at Massey University. He was born in India, grew up in Nigeria and went to secondary school in Surrey, England. After receiving an BSc Honours degree in Ecology at Loughborough University he travelled and worked widely before settling in New Zealand. He has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington where he studied the evolution of flightlessness in birds. Steve is an active tertiary lecturer, researcher and science communicator who also contributes to primary and secondary school and conservation groups. His popular science articles include 'Kakapo: the paradoxical parrot' (Nature Australia), 'Vicars and Vagrants' (Australasian Science), and with Mary Morgan-Richards 'New Zealand Biology' (Encyclopedia of Islands University of California Press) and 'New Zealand Stick Insects' (Reed). He has also contributed to Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.