Wildlife ecology research

The Massey University wildlife ecology research group takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining field observations with laboratory work including microbiological or molecular methods.

Why colour counts

Colour differentiations in animals can affect their success in territorial disputes and mating. Massey scientists are examining a variety of animals to understand better how colour influences these important behavioural traits. 


Areas of expertise

Ecology, conservation and behaviour

Ecology, behaviour and conservation

Our fundamental and applied research ranges from genes to ecosystems. Conservation research centres on the behavioural ecology of rare and endangered birds and reptiles. 

Avian Acoustics Research  

Evolutionary ecology

Evolutionary ecology

We seek to address major questions in evolutionary ecology such as: How do global patterns of biodiversity and species life history traits inform us about evolutionary processes? 

Evolutionary Ecology Group

Human-wildlife interactions

Human-wildlife interactions

We investigate the effect of human-induced changes on the behaviour, life history and fitness of wild animal populations.

Human-Wildlife group

Marine biology and ecology

Marine biology and ecology

Our team has expertise spanning biogeography, quantitative genetics, molecular ecology, population ecology, and conservation biology. Our research spans intertidal, estuarine, coastal, and oceanic marine systems.

Marine ecology

Invertebrate communication and ecology

Invertebrates

Our work seeks to understand animal performance and how traits interact. Questions we ask include how competition influences adult phenotypes and how complex predatory strategies evolve.

Invertebrate research group


Research and projects

Examples of projects from some of the wildlife ecology group at Massey University.

Floreana Mockingbird

This international collaborative conservation programme is working to save an endangered bird species of the Galapagos islands that inspired Darwin.

Tui talk

A research project by Massey’s Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has discovered that tui have a language with over 400 syllables

Ensuring shark survival

A research project by a Massey University PhD student will provide the first baseline and detailed quantitative assessment of shark abundance and distribution in the Galapagos Islands.

Evolution in action

Visitors to a new Massey University website will be able to get their hands on a tuatara skull, an ancient marine fossil and a skink – virtually that is.

KEY CONTACTS

  • Prof Marti Anderson

    Prof Marti Anderson

    Chair in Statistics - New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

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  • Prof Dianne Brunton

    Prof Dianne Brunton

    Head of Institute - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Dr Karen Stockin

    Dr Karen Stockin

    Senior Lecturer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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Our people working in this area

  • Dr David Aguirre

    Dr David Aguirre

    Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Manuela Barry

    Dr Manuela Barry

    Research Officer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Emma Betty

    Emma Betty

    Technical Officer - Marine - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Prof Dianne Brunton

    Prof Dianne Brunton

    Head of Institute - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Associate Professor James Dale

    Associate Professor James Dale

    Associate Professor - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Aaron Harmer

    Dr Aaron Harmer

    Research Officer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Weihong Ji

    Dr Weihong Ji

    Senior Lecturer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Libby Liggins

    Dr Libby Liggins

    Lecturer in Marine Ecology - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Luis Ortiz Catedral

    Dr Luis Ortiz Catedral

    Lecturer - Environmental Science/Ecology - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Mat Pawley

    Dr Mat Pawley

    Senior Lecturer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Adam Smith

    Dr Adam Smith

    Lecturer - Statistics - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Karen Stockin

    Dr Karen Stockin

    Senior Lecturer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Daniel Thomas

    Dr Daniel Thomas

    Senior Lecturer in Zoology (Vertebrate) - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Dr Anne Wignall

    Dr Anne Wignall

    Lecturer in Zoology (Invertebrate) - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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