Since I became interested in science blogging a few months ago, I’ve been wondering how many other New Zealand-based science blogs there are out there. So I endeavoured to compile a list. Straight away I ran into the issue of how to define a science blog – should it just be restricted to a blog about science written by a scientist? Where do you draw the line between blogs about natural history or the environment and blogs about science? In the end I decided that a science blog should be mostly made up of posts about peer-reviewed science – this includes posts about the research itself, political/cultural issues surrounding research, and science communication. Most of the ones below are written by scientists (but not all)
I’ve compiled the list below mostly by trawling through links on other blogs. These are the ones I found before I went insane. So I’m sure there are some I’ve missed. I’ll update the list from time to time as I hear of others.
NZ Science blogs (in alphabetical order):
Bioblog (http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/bioblog/). Biology blog by Alison Campbell at University of Waikato
Cr!key Creek (http://crikeycreekblog.blogspot.com/). News, views and analyses on water resources by Daniel Collins at NIWA.
Henry (http://henry.simon.net.nz/). Blog on human evolution by Simon Greenhill at Auckland University
Hot Topic (http://hot-topic.co.nz/) NZ Climate change blog – included as it has a lot of informative posts on climate change science
New Zealand Science talk (http://newzealandscience.wordpress.com/) Not active since April 2008
Open parachute (http://openparachute.wordpress.com/) Blog about science, religion and the philosophy of science.
Physics Stop (http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/physicsstop/) A lighthearted look at physics in everyday life by Marcus Wilson at Waikato Uni
Relatively science (http://relativelyscience.blogspot.com/) A look at the history, present and future of science
Scepticon (http://scepticon.wordpress.com/) General science, medicine, scepticism blog.
Science media centre blog (http://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/category/blog/). Promoting accurate, bias-free reporting on science and technology in New Zealand.
Te Papa’s blog (http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/) – This blog is not just confined to science, but I’ve included it because it has some interesting botany/entomology/squid/natural history entries – many written by Te Papa’s resident scientists and natural environments curators.