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Dr Luis Ortiz Catedral PhD, MSc

Lecturer - Environmental Science/Ecology

School of Natural and Computational Sciences

I am a lecturer in Environmental Science / Ecology. My research encompasses approaches to document, measure and protect island biodiversity. I use island vertebrates (snakes, iguanas, parrots) as models to understand changes in population sizes and their relationships to extinction risk. I collaborate with research and wildlife partners from the Galapagos National Park (Ecuador), Norfolk Island National Park (Australia), and the Division of Fish and Wildlife (Norther Mariana Islands). There are a number of research opportunities in my lab that would suit highly motivated students with an interest in biodiversity and conservation biology.

Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2012)
  • Master of Science - Massey University (2007)

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.

Thematics

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 6 6

Research Outputs

Journal

Ortiz-Catedral, L., Brunton, D., Stidworthy, MF., Elsheikha, HM., Pennycott, T., Schulze, C., . . . Olias, P. (2019). Haemoproteus minutus is highly virulent for Australasian and South American parrots 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1108 Medical Microbiology 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences 0707 Veterinary Sciences 05 Environmental Sciences 0502 Environmental Science and Management. Parasites and Vectors. 12(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Masello, JF., Martínez, J., Calderón, L., Wink, M., Quillfeldt, P., Sanz, V., . . . Merino, S. (2018). Can the intake of antiparasitic secondary metabolites explain the low prevalence of hemoparasites among wild Psittaciformes?. Parasites and Vectors. 11(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Fidler, AE., Aidala, Z., Anderson, MG., Ortiz-Catedral, L., & Hauber, ME. (2016). Pseudogenisation of the Short-wavelength Sensitive 1 (SWS1) Opsin Gene in Two New Zealand Endemic Passerine Species: The Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala) and Brown Creeper (M. novaeseelandiae). Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 128(1), 159-163
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Knafler, GJ., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Jackson, B., Varsani, A., Grueber, CE., Robertson, BC., . . . Jamieson, IG. (2016). Comparison of beak and feather disease virus prevalence and immunity-associated genetic diversity over time in an island population of red-crowned parakeets. Archives of Virology. 161(4), 811-820
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., Hauber, ME., & Brunton, DH. (2014). Haematologic reference ranges of two remnant populations of the red-crowned parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae ) in New Zealand. Notornis. 61(3), 131-136
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., Hauber, ME., & Brunton, DH. (2013). Growth and survival of nestlings in a population of red-crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) free of introduced mammalian nest predators on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 37(3), 370-378
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Thrimawithana, AH., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Rodrigo, A., & Hauber, ME. (2013). Reduced total genetic diversity following translocations? A metapopulation approach. Conservation Genetics. 14(5), 1043-1055
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Aidala, Z., Chong, N., Anderson, MG., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Jamieson, IG., Briskie, JV., . . . Hauber, ME. (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Mohoua, endemic hosts of New Zealand's obligate brood parasitic Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis). Journal of Ornithology. 154(4), 1127-1133
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Rodríguez, A., & Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2013). Echeandia novogaliciana and E. crudeniana (Anthericaceae): Two new species from western Mexico. Brittonia. 65(3), 345-350
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Rodríguez, A., & Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2013). Echeandia novogaliciana and E. crudeniana (Anthericaceae): Two new species from western Mexico. Brittonia. , 1-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Aidala, Z., Chong, N., Anderson, MG., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Jamieson, IG., Briskie, JV., . . . Hauber, ME. (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Mohoua, endemic hosts of New Zealand's obligate brood parasitic Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis). Journal of Ornithology. , 1-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2012). Habitat use by the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) on Maud Island: Its relevance for future translocations. Notornis. 59(3-4), 148-152
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., Kearvell, JC., & Brunton, DH. (2012). Population increase of critically endangered Malherbe's parakeet Cyanoramphus malherbi introduced to Maud Island, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence. 9, 54-57
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Massaro, M., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Julian, L., Galbraith, JA., Kurenbach, B., Kearvell, J., . . . Varsani, A. (2012). Molecular characterisation of beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in New Zealand and its implications for managing an infectious disease. Archives of Virology. 157(9), 1651-1663
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., Prada, D., Gleeson, D., & Brunton, DH. (2011). Avian malaria in a remnant population of red-fronted parakeets on Little Barrier Island, New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY. 38(3), 261-268
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ismar, SMH., Chong, NL., Igic, B., Baird, K., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Fidler, AE., . . . Hauber, ME. (2011). Visual sensitivity, coloration and morphology of red-tailed tropicbirds Phaethon rubricauda breeding on the Kermadec Islands. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 38(1), 29-42
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2010). Homing of a red-crowned parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) from Motuihe Island to Little Barrier Island, New Zealand. Notornis. 57(1), 48-49
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2010). No T-cell-mediated immune response detected in a red-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) infected with the Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV). Notornis. 57(2), 81-84
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., Kurenbach, B., Massaro, M., McInnes, K., Brunton, DH., Hauber, ME., . . . Varsani, A. (2010). A new isolate of beak and feather disease virus from endemic wild red-fronted parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) in New Zealand. Archives of Virology. 155(4), 613-620
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2009). Some observations on the behaviour of the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) on Maud Island, New Zealand. Notornis. 56(3), 165-166
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., Kearvell, JC., Hauber, ME., & Brunton, DH. (2009). Breeding biology of the critically endangered Malherbes parakeet on Maud Island, New Zealand, following the release of captive-bred individuals. Australian Journal of Zoology. 57(6), 433-439
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Brunton, DH., & Ortiz Catedral, L. (2009). Notes on the diet of the critically endangered orange–fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) on Maud Island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 36(4), 385-388
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz Catedral, L., Ismar, SMH., Baird, K., Ewen, JG., Hauber, ME., & Brunton, DH. (2009). No evidence of Campylobacter, Salmonella and Yersinia in free–living populations of the red-crowned parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 36(4), 379-383
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Luis, OC., McInnes, K., Hauber, ME., & Brunton, DH. (2009). First report of beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild Red-fronted Parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) in New Zealand. Emu. 109(3), 244-247
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz Catedral, L., & Brunton, DH. (2009). Nesting sites and nesting success of reintroduced red‐crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 36(1), 1-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Ortiz-Catedral, L., & Brunton, DH. (2008). Clutch parameters and reproductive success of a translocated population of red-crowned parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae). Australian Journal of Zoology. 56(6), 389-393
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Rodríguez, A., & Ortiz-Catedral, L. (2005). Tigridia suarezii (Iridaceae, Tigridieae), a new species from Jalisco, Mexico. Novon. 15(2), 354-357
[Journal article]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.

Report

Ortiz Catedral, L.(2013). The population and status of the green Parrot (Tasman parakeet) Cyanoramphus cookii on Norfolk Island 2013. : Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
[Technical Report]Authored by: Ortiz Catedral, L.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Spanish
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Enzo Rodriguez-Reyes - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spatial and behavioral ecology of two isolated populations of the Floreana Mockingbird: laying the basis for reintroduction

Co-supervisor of:

  • Emma Feenstra - Doctor of Philosophy
    To disturb, or not disturb - A comparison of invasive and non-invasive methods for monitoring cryptic species using Rakiura tokoeka (Apteryx australis lawryi)

Media and Links

Media

  • 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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