Wildlife and ecology staff

Head of Wildlife and Ecology group

  • Prof Murray Potter

    Prof Murray Potter

    Professor in Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84836

    Professor Murray Potter is working both nationally and internationally to find practicable solutions to human-wildlife conflict. His areas of expertise include conservation biology, reproductive and stress physiology, avian nutrition, avian migration, entomology, kiwi, stoats, Adelie penguins and emperor penguins. His research interests include studies that integrate the ecology, physiology, behaviour and natural history of whole organisms within their natural settings, including how temporal constraints, stress, morphology and nutrition underpin and interact with an animal's behaviour and ecology. In particular he is interested in invertebrate and vertebrate behaviour, physiology, nutrition and conservation, and predator/prey population dynamics. 

Biodiversity and evolution

  • Paul Barrett

    Paul Barrett

    Technical Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84826

  • Dr Gillian Gibb

    Dr Gillian Gibb

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 85672

    I am interested in the molecular evolution of birds and animals.  My research interests include New Zealand birds, island avian assemblages, the impact of the KT boundary on avian evolution, mitochondrial genome assembly, gene order, long branch attraction, phylogenetics and systematics. 

    I completed my PhD with Professor David Penny in 2010, and since then have undertaken postdoctoral positions at the Australian National University in Canberra, and the University of Montpellier II in France. My previous research has revolved around mitochondrial genomes and phylogenetics of birds, marsupials and Xenarthrans (armadillos, anteaters and sloths)

  • Dr Ian Henderson

    Dr Ian Henderson

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 83542

  • Dr Simon Hills

    Dr Simon Hills

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 86231

     The overarching theme of my research is understanding the composition, distribution and evolutionary history of New Zealand’s unique ecosystems. My primary focus is the rich, and largely endemic, marine mollusc fauna. However, I apply my broadly ranging expertise in genomics, ecology and evolutionary biology, to a diverse range of research topics involving New Zealand’s biodiversity, both native and exotic. As a Māori (Ngati Porou) scientist, I am increasingly focused on research collaborations with iwi/hapu. These projects generally involve working with Māori communities to build capacity and generate data that will inform enhanced kaitiakitanga.

  • Dr Maria Minor

    Dr Maria Minor

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 84833

    Soil ecology (focusing on ecology of soil invertebrates), systems ecology (focusing on the interactions between human land use and biodiversity) , New Zealand's Biological Heritage (focusing on diversity and conservation of native invertebarte fauna).

  • Prof Mary Morgan-Richards

    Prof Mary Morgan-Richards

    Professor in Evolutionary Biology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Ph: ext 84835

    I am an evolutionary biologist working within the Ecology group (SAE) on the Manawatu campus. My research expertise is in hybridisation of genetically distinct populations or species, and the process of speciation. I teach population genetics, conservation biology, and New Zealand Natural History to undergraduate students. My graduate students use native invertebrates such as weta, stick insects, marine snails and feather lice to test evolutionary hypothesis about the formation of new species and the distribution of genetic and adaptative diversity 

  • Prof Steven Trewick

    Prof Steven Trewick

    Professor in Evolutionary Ecology - School of Agriculture and Environment

    Email:

    Ph: ext 84842

Ecology and ecosystems

  • Dr Andrea Clavijo McCormick

    Dr Andrea Clavijo McCormick

    Senior Lecturer - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof Russell Death

    Prof Russell Death

    Professor of Freshwater Ecology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Gillian Rapson

    Dr Gillian Rapson

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    I'm concerned about the state of our planet, and that we need to leave some thing for future generations.

    I like the outdoors, and enjoy field work, and meeting new ecosystems and new plants.

    I'm fussy about details, and I like a tidy office and tidy files.

    I do a lot of science editing, and can red-pen anything (as my grad students quickly learn).

    I am heavily invollved with Keeble's Bush and the Kahuterawa Restoration project.

  • Associate Professor Alastair Robertson

    Associate Professor Alastair Robertson

    Associate Professor in Ecology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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Wildlife and conservation biology

  • Prof Doug Armstrong

    Prof Doug Armstrong

    Professor in Conservation Biology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    My research programme focuses on improving methods for understanding population and metapopulation dynamics of threatened wildlife, with particular application to reintroduction.  This research involves analyses of field experiments and long-term data sets within the frameworks of adaptive management and structured decision making.  Field projects have involved many different wildlife restoration projects around the North Island of New Zealand as well as offshore islands., and an 11-year project on management of native forest fragments on Rereahu farms in the central North Island.

  • Associate Professor Phil Battley

    Associate Professor Phil Battley

    Associate Professor in Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    I am interested in ornithology in general, but specifically in bird migration, particularly shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. This work involves remote tracking of Bar-tailed Godwits and Red Knots from New Zealand, and investigating the molecular basis to godwit migration timing.

  • Associate Professor Isabel Castro

    Associate Professor Isabel Castro

    Associate Professor in Ecology/Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    I am a wildlife biologist with broad interests including animal behavior, parasite-host interactions, anatomy, morphology, sensory biology, and conservation. My research is on island species, particularly birds, but also introduced mammals and charismatic land snails. I have a passion for solving conservation problems, making new biological findings, and working with technology.

  • Tracy Harris

    Tracy Harris

    Ecology Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Shaun Nielsen

    Shaun Nielsen

    Ecology Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Dr Elizabeth Parlato

    Dr Elizabeth Parlato

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Prof Murray Potter

    Prof Murray Potter

    Professor in Zoology - School of Agriculture and Environment

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    Professor Murray Potter is working both nationally and internationally to find practicable solutions to human-wildlife conflict. His areas of expertise include conservation biology, reproductive and stress physiology, avian nutrition, avian migration, entomology, kiwi, stoats, Adelie penguins and emperor penguins. His research interests include studies that integrate the ecology, physiology, behaviour and natural history of whole organisms within their natural settings, including how temporal constraints, stress, morphology and nutrition underpin and interact with an animal's behaviour and ecology. In particular he is interested in invertebrate and vertebrate behaviour, physiology, nutrition and conservation, and predator/prey population dynamics. 

  • Dr Zoe Stone

    Dr Zoe Stone

    Postdoctoral Fellow- Conservation Translocations in large landscapes - School of Agriculture and Environment

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  • Cleland Wallace

    Cleland Wallace

    Ecology Technician - School of Agriculture and Environment

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