Dr Manuela Barry

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Research Officer

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43627
Email: 
Room 5.1, 5, Albany
Ph: +64 9 414 0800 ext 41590

Professional

Professional Biography

My main research interest lies in behavioural ecology; particularly social behaviour, communication and socio-cognitive abilities of animals. I also have a strong interest in animal welfare and conservation biology. My current work focusses on social systems and social organisation of group living reptiles. In addition, I coordinate a captive breeding programme of native lizards and work closely with community groups to synthesise conservation biology research with conservation management practice.


Roles and Responsibilities

- Management of Massey University Reptile Facility (MURF)

- Coordination of Duvaucel's gecko breeding programme

Qualifications

  • German Vordiplom - University of Leipzig, Germany (2001)
  • German Diplom - Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany (2005)
  • Doctorate - Massey University (2011)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

- Behavioural Ecology

- Conservation Biology

- Social Behaviour

- Reptiles

Thematics

Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Animal Behaviour (060801): Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000): Community Ecology (060202):
Ecological Applications (050100):
Ecology (060200):
Environmental Sciences (050000):
Ethology and Sociobiology (060304): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Population Ecology (060207): Terrestrial Ecology (060208): Zoology (060800)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader03

Research Outputs

Journal

Morgan-Richards, M., Hinlo, AR., Smuts-Kennedy, C., Innes, J., Ji, W., Barry, M., . . . Hitchmough, RA. (2016). Identification of a Rare Gecko from North Island New Zealand, and Genetic Assessment of Its Probable Origin: A Novel Mainland Conservation Priority?. Journal of Herpetology. 50(1), 77-86
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W., Morgan-Richards, M.
Le Souëf, AT., Barry, M., Brunton, DH., Jakob-Hoff, R., & Jackson, B. (2015). Ovariectomy as treatment for ovarian bacterial granulomas in a Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii). New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 63(6), 340-344
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M.
Le Souëf, AT., Barry, M., Brunton, DH., Jakob-Hoff, R., & Jackson, B. (2015). Ovariectomy as treatment for ovarian bacterial granulomas in a Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii). New Zealand Veterinary Journal.
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D.
Barry, M., Shanas, U., & Brunton, DH. (2014). Year-round mixed-age shelter aggregations in Duvaucel's geckos (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii). Herpetologica. 70(4), 395-406
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D.
Barry, M., Peirce, MA., Heath, ACG., Brunton, DH., & Barraclough, RK. (2011). A new blood parasite within the relict endemic New Zealand gecko Hoplodactylus duvaucelii. Veterinary Parasitology. 179(1-3), 199-202
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D.
Wong, C., Gleeson, D., Howitt, R., Barry, M., Brunton, D., & Ji, W. (2011). Polymorphic microsatellite loci and interspecific cross-amplification in the New Zealand endemic gecko species Hoplodactylus duvaucelii and Hoplodactylus maculatus. Conservation Genetics Resources. 3(2), 331-333
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
Barry, M., Cockrem, JF., & Brunton, DH. (2010). Seasonal variation in plasma corticosterone concentrations in wild and captive adult Duvaucels geckos (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) in New Zealand. Australian Journal of Zoology. 58(4), 234-242
[Journal article]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Cockrem, J.

Book

Baling, M., Wedding, C., Barry, M., Ji, W., & Brunton, DH. (2010). Re-introduction of shore skinks to offshore islands in the Auckland region, New Zealand. In PS. Soorae (Ed.) Global re-introduction perspectives: Additional case-studies from around the globe.. (pp. 88 - 92). Abu Dhabi: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environment Agency - ABU DHABI
[Chapter]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
van Winkel, D., Baling, M., Barry, M., Ji, W., & Brunton, DH. (2010). Translocation of Duavucel's geckos to Tiritiri Matangi and Motuora Islands, Hauraki Gulf, as part of island ecological restauration initiatives.. In PS. Soorae (Ed.) Global Re-introduction perspectives: Addional case-studies from around the globe. Abu Dhabi: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environment Agency - ABU DHABI
[Chapter]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.

Thesis

Barry, M. (2011). Shelter aggregations, social behaviour, and seasonal plasma corticosterone levels in captive and wild Duvaucel's geckos, Hoplodactylus duvaucelii. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, Albany Campus)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Barry, M.Edited by: Brunton, D., Ji, W.

Conference

Barry, M., & Holdom, A. (2015). Bed and breakfast - Testing an anchoring strategy on translocated Duvaucel's geckos. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Australian Society of Herpetologists Annual Meeting 2015. Eildon, Victoria, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Barry, M.
Holdom, A., & Barry, M. (2014, July). Supplementary food provision encourages Duvaucel’s geckos to visit artificial shelters following translocation. Presented at 42nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Katoomba, NSW.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Barry, M.
Holdom, A., Brunton, DH., & Barry, M. (2013). Testing post-translocation anchoring techniques and monitoring tools for Duvaucel’s geckos. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference 2013. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D.
Craig, E., Cockrem, J., & Barry, M. (2013). Development and validation of a non-invasive stress hormone monitoring protocol in reptiles. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference 2013. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Barry, M., Cockrem, J.
Ludbrook, M., Ji, W., & Barry, M. (2013). Footprint measurements as population monitoring tool for translocated Duvaucel's geckos.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Wildlife Management Society Annual Conference, Massey University Palmerston North. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Barry, M., Ji, W.
Barry, M., & Brunton, DH. (2011, April). Duvaucel’s geckos – lizards with complex sociality?. Presented at ASSAB 2011. Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D.
Barry, M., Ji, W., Shanas, U., & Brunton, DH. (2009). Retreat site use and diurnal aggregations of Duvaucel's geckos. Poster session presented at the meeting of Second meeting of the Australiasian Societies for herpetology. Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
Barry, M., Ji, W., & Brunton, DH. (2007, December). Aspects of the social behaviour in the Duvaucel's Gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii): Observations of a captive population. Presented at 33rd Meeting of the Australian Society of Herpetologists. Camp Quaranup, Albany, Western Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
Ji, W., Baling, M., Barry, M., Van Winkel, D., Wedding, C., Barr, B., . . . Brunton, DH. (2007). Translocation of duvaucel's gecko and shore skinks to tiritiri matangi island, motuora island and massey university captive breeding facility. In NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY Vol. 34 (pp. 264 - 265). : RSNZ PUBLISHING
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
Ji, W., Baling, M., Barry, M., Van Winkel, D., Wedding, CJ., Barr, B., . . . Brunton, DH. (2007). Translocation of Duvaucel's gecko and shore skinks to Tiritiri Matangi Island, Motuora Island and Massey University Captive Breeding Facility. In Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand 12th Biennial Conference and 20th AGM(pp. 16). : Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
Ji, W., Baling, M., Barry, M., Van Winkel, D., Wedding, CJ., Barr, B., . . . Brunton, DH. (2007). Translocation of Duvaucel's gecko and shore skinks to Tiritiri Matangi Island, Motuora Island and Massey University Captive Breeding Facility. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand 12th Biennial Conference and 20th AGM. University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Barry, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • German
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
CoSupervisor20

Teaching

199.206 The Fauna of New Zealand

199.312 Behavioural Ecology

232.701 Conservation Biology

232.703 Wildlife Management

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links

Media

  • 12 Mar 2013 - Online
    Duvaucel's gecko translocation to Motuora Island
    MU researchers release over 90 captive bred and wild sourced Duvaucel's geckos on Motuora Island.

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