Links & Resources

The following is a list of links to websites, blogs, and other online resources that may be useful to readers interested in natural history and environmental history, both in a specifically New Zealand context and in a broader international one. It includes sites devoted to the wide range of disciplines that frequently inform or otherwise intersect with the study of the natural world, such as the biological sciences, history, science history, geography, and literature.

This list makes no claim for completeness, and is highly subjective in both its selection and its scope. Like the site as a whole, it is very much a work in progress, and I will be updating it periodically.

Last updated: 28 August 2019


New Zealand & Australia

Societies, specialist groups, and government agencies

Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science

Australian & New Zealand Environmental History Network

Australian Environmental Humanities Hub

Australian Garden History Society

Birds New Zealand (Ornithological Society of New Zealand)

Centre for Science in Society

Department of Conservation (New Zealand)

Garden History Research Foundation

Kea Conservation Trust

Kererū Discovery Trust

Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand)

New Zealand Botanical Society

New Zealand Ecological Society

New Zealand Historical Association

Project Crimson

Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture




Ecology is Not a Dirty Word

Ecology Ngātahi

envirohistory NZ

Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

The Meaning of Trees

River Ecology and Research

Te Papa Blog


Digitised collections and reference sites

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

New Zealand Birds Online

New Zealand Botanists

Papers Past – Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives

Papers Past – Newspapers

Papers Past – Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand


Online journals relating to the natural sciences in New Zealand

Past issues (i.e. those normally older than 3 years) of most of the key scientific journals focusing on aspects of New Zealand flora, fauna and ecology are now freely available online. These journals include the following (sponsoring societies and paywall limits given in brackets):

Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (>3 years)

New Zealand Journal of Botany (Royal Society of NZ; >3 years)

New Zealand Journal of Ecology (NZ Ecological Society; open access)

New Zealand Journal of Forestry (NZ Institute of Forestry; >3 years)

New Zealand Journal of Zoology (Royal Society of NZ; >3 years)

Notornis (Ornithological Society of NZ; >1 year)


Environmental history journals

ENNZ: Environment and Nature in New Zealand (open access)

International Review of Environmental History (open access)



Societies, associations, and other specialist groups

American Society for Environmental History

British Agricultural History Society

British Society for the History of Science

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Ecological Society of America

European Society for Environmental History

The Gardens Trust

Hakluyt Society

International Biogeography Society

Linnean Society of London

Maria Sibylla Merian Society

Network in Canadian History & Environment

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Society for the History of Natural History

Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution




The Botanist in the Kitchen

The Clover and the Fern

The Compleat Birder

Environmental History Resources

The Hazel Tree

Herbarium World

Hidden Hydrology

History of Ornithology

Land Lines: British Nature Writing, 1789-2014

March of the Fossil Penguins

Marine Coastal Cultures

Medieval Ecocriticisms

Planting Diaries

Scientist Sees Squirrel

Seeing the Woods

Trees In Space


The Well-Read Naturalist


Digitised collections and reference sites

Biodiversity Heritage Library

History of the Ecological Sciences


German-language sites [Alexander von Humboldt portal]

Chamisso-Forum [forum on poet-naturalist Adelbert von Chamisso]

Chamisso-Gesellschaft [Adelbert von Chamisso Society]

Georg-Forster-Gesellschaft [George Forster Society]

Internationale Georg-Wilhelm-Steller Gesellschaft [Georg Wilhelm Steller Society]