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As a Senior Research Officer within the Wildbase Oiled Wildlife Response team, Louise's role is to undertake and help facilitate research associated with oil spill response. Louise's research focuses on marine wildlife and ecosystems including ecosystem integrity, population biology, behaviour and foraging ecology. Species she has worked with include NZ sea lion, NZ fur seal, dolphins, dugongs, beaked and baleen whales and sea birds mainly penguins and shore birds. Louise is the lead scientist for NZ for the International Whlaing Commission. Her research will be expanding to incorperate impacts from oil spills and improving oil spill response techniques for wildlife.
Research species include the New Zealand sea lion Phocarctos hookeri, New Zealand fur seal Arctocephalus foresti, bottlenose dolphins Tursiops aduncus, Dugongs Dugong dugon, beaked and baleen whales, little blue penguins Eudyptula minor, yellow eyed penguins Megadyptes antipodes, and New Zealand shag species Phalacrocorax spp.
Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Animal Behaviour (060801): Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205): Population Ecology (060207): Terrestrial Ecology (060208): Vertebrate Biology (060809): Zoology (060800)
My research addresses broad scale questions at the both ecosystem and marine wildlife levels including marine ecology, ecosystem integrity, population biology and management, behavioural and foraging ecology, conservation biology and oiled wildlife response. Research species include New Zealand sea lion, NZ fur seal, dolphins, dugongs, beaked and baleen whales, penguins and shore birds. My research has a strong academic focus, with an application to applied marine conservation management and international management of marine species. For example, I have led the New Zealand sea lion management program for the last 12 years providing science, policy and management advice and the international management of New Zealand cetaceans as the Head of Delegation for New Zealand for the International Whaling Science Committee and Science advisor for IWC Commission.
I incorporate a range of scientific techniques in my research (e.g., satellite tracking, time-depth recorders, GIS, remote sensing, genetics, fatty acid analysis, stable isotope analysis) in both laboratory and field based experiments, observations and analyses to produce research that examines issues such as marine species foraging ecology, diving behaviour, population ecology, abundance, reproduction, climate change, population viability analysis, social structure, mating systems, maternal and parental investment, behaviour, disease transmission, serological, parasitology, growth and diet.
I have supervised 10 PhD (8 complete, 2 current), 4 Masters and 2 Honours students.