Sir Alan Mark.
An international scientific gathering, the Southern
Connection Congress, was established partly through
''frustration'' felt by southern hemisphere researchers whose
work was rejected by northern journals, Prof Sir Alan Mark said
yesterday. More than 300 people from about 35 countries are
attending the latest congress, which began in Dunedin
The five-day congress, hosted by the University of Otago,
focuses on ''Southern Lands and Southern Oceans: Life on the
Edge?''Prof Mark, an eminent University of Otago botanist and
leading conservationist, said he had experienced the
frustration of having some of his own research rejected by
northern hemisphere scientific journals, given northern
hemisphere conditions and findings differed greatly from
those in the south.
Southern researchers had had ''great difficulty'' in having
their work published in the north and there had been a
tendency to believe southern hemisphere research was of only
''regional'' significance before the Southern Connection
grouping had been established 20 years ago.
However, some southern hemisphere processes, including major
ocean currents, were clearly of global significance, he said.
Prof Kath Dickinson, co-convener of the latest congress,
officially launched the latest edition of a book by Prof
Mark, titled Above the Treeline: A Nature Guide to Alpine
New Zealand, at a congress function, attended by several
hundred people, at the Otago Museum last night.
Prof Mark said many of New Zealand's alpine plants and
animals were relatively small, but they were often highly
distinctive and of great significance.
Of more than 750 alpine plants cited in the book, 95% were
found only in New Zealand.
Several other researchers also contributed to the book.