Conservation Research

conservation-collage.jpg Our group conducts research into the identification, protection, restoration and management of wildlife and natural resources, including species reintroduction and conservation genetics.

Our expertise

Conservation genetics

We use population genetics (multi-locus markers, DNA sequence data, cytogenetics) to assess the conservation status, genetic diversity and evolutionary potential of populations.

Ecosystem restoration

We apply ecological analysis to the recovery of ecosystems disrupted by human activity including forestry, pollution and agriculture. We focus on management of terrestrial vegetation and freshwater systems; the reestablishment of functioning biotic and abiotic interactions; and mitigating impacts of high-intensity agro-industrial practices.

Reintroduction biology

Our biological research aims at improving the success of species translocations and population management. Massey hosts the Oceania Section of the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group.

Species recovery

Our research improves the status of threatened species with management techniques such as predator control and translocation, enhanced by applied population ecology.

Wildlife health and disease

We study the epidemiology of infectious wildlife diseases, disease prevalence, interactions between translocation and disease, the biology of native parasites, and the effect of wildlife diseases on host behaviour and survival.


Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Group

This research group promotes and implements collaborative science/mātauranga Māori-based research involving scientists, Māori/hapu/iwi, community groups, and landowners, that leads to the development of wildlife management techniques to support New Zealand conservation efforts. We achieve this aim through four areas of research.

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