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Dr Jill Rapson: Community Service
Dr Bruno Fogliani, University of New Caledonia - 3 months in late 2005. Bruno came to Massey to learn seed analysis techniques and is planning a study of ultramafic flora of New Zealand.
Dr Matt Loper, Shoreline Community College, Seattle - 3 months in 2004. Matt has commenced compiling a study of impacts of predicted climate change scenarios for invasive weeds in New Zealand.
Dr Ullrich Asmus, University of Applied Science, Weihenstephan - three months in late 2003. Ulle completed the first thorough study of the flora of urban areas of the lower North Island. An expert botanist, Ulle clarified several species identification problems in New Zealand, and also made the first New Zealand record of a tropical fern.
Dr Sandra Diaz, University of Cordoba in Argentina - January 2003. We compiled some functional type information on a range of native and exotic grass species from the lower North Island, to compare with Argentinian grasses, to determine if moa were significant grazers of New Zealand's tussocklands.
I have a long history of involvement in scientific editing, having been on the paper-handling editorial board of New Zealand Journal of Ecology from 1989-1991, and been its Editor for five years (1991-1995). Next I joined the editorial team of Journal of Vegetation Science (1999- 2005), the official journal of the International Association of Vegetation Science, published in Sweden. I was one of 12 international associate editors, each co-coordinating processing of around 20 papers submitted for publication per year. I continue to referee papers, and comment on issues in science publishing.