Microbial Soil Ecology

Sampling at Parry Kauri ParkSampling along the transect lineSampling toolsCleaning shoes with Trigene to stop spread of Kauri DiebackNative forest fragment near PukekoheFinding the sampling locations using GPSSetting the transect line can be difficult!Sampling near PukekoheAll sampling equipment is thoroughly cleaned between sites to avoid contaminationSampling in the Waitakere RangesHeading out from a sampling locationHillside sampling site in the Waitakere RangesTipping soil core into sterile bagSampling in the Waitakere Ranges

Over the summer I joined a field team for two days to take soil samples from native forest regions around Auckland. It was part of a big project surveying the microorganisms present in New Zealand soils, which you can find out more about here.¬†Understanding the microbial ecology of New Zealand’s soils is important for a variety of reasons, including determining the health of soil communities, and pathogen surveillance. We visited four sites over the two days and took numerous soil cores from transect lines, which involved a substantial amount of wading through thick understory bush and hill-clambering. It was great to get out to some locations that I’ve never visited before, as well as having fun photographing the fieldwork!

You can see more photos here!