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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