Story: Physics, chemistry and mathematics

Charles Semple and Mike Steel, 2006

Charles Semple and Mike Steel, 2006

Mathematicians Charles Semple (left) and Mike Steel are seen in front of the Ark at Gethsemane Gardens, Clifton Hill, Christchurch, in 2006. Semple and Steel had just been awarded a Marsden Grant to investigate the 'Noah's Ark problem'. This involved developing a formula to calculate the conservation value of different species, with the aim of maintaining the greatest amount of biodiversity. The hope is that such a formula would help with decisions on where to direct the limited resources available for conservation.

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Fairfax NZ, The Press
Reference: 8 September 2006, p. A3
Photograph by Kirk Hargreaves

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Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 22 Oct 2014