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Dr Luis Ortiz Catedral Conservation Biology, Ecology, Botany

Lecturer - Environmental Science/Ecology

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences



  • PhD - Massey University (2011)
  • Master of Sciences - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences - University of Guadalajara, Mexico (2001)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research encompasses a range of topics in Conservation Biology including the taxonomy and conservation of New World monocotyledons; reproductive biology and management of threatened island birds; management of disease risk in small avian populations and the development of survey methods for threatened island vertebrates such as parrots and land iguanas. The largely human-driven biodiversity loss occurring at a global scale is an unprecedented phenomenon. Such loss ranges from erosion of genetic diversity of food crops and species extinctions, to disappearance of ecosystem-level processes. These changes have a severe effect in human societies as their wealth and wellbeing ultimately rely on the services and products ecosystems provide. The disappearance of species constitutes one of the most dramatic examples of biodiversity loss. Approximately 20, 000 species are threatened with extinction, due to habitat modification, introduction of invasive species and unsustainable harvest. The task of developing projects aimed at preventing species extinctions is clearly overwhelming. In collaboration with scientists and managers from around the world and from a wide range of disciplines, I develop topical projects aimed at stopping biodiversity loss on islands.


Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000):
Ecological Applications (050100):
Ecology (060200):
Environmental Sciences (050000): Invasive Species Ecology (050103):
Population Ecology (060207): Zoology (060800)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 5 4

Media and Links


  • 24 Sep 2014 - Television
    Numbers of critically endangered parrot on Norfolk
    This news segment describes the implementation of an action plan to to increase the population size of the Critically Endangered Green Parrot on Norfolk Island. The project reported in this website wa

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