Massey University is at the forefront of oiled wildlife research. Wildbase actively engage in collaborative and in-house research to advance knowledge of best practice in the treatment and management of oiled wildlife. 

Research relevant to oiled wildlife response includes areas of wildlife health, wildlife ecology, wildlife population studies, wildlife reproduction and genetics, wildlife diet and foraging behavior and wildlife management.

Current research

Wildbase research staff are currently conducting research projects into a range of aspects of oiled wildlife response. Current projects include:

  • Impacts and rehabilitation success of wildlife from MV Rena, New Zealand
  • Direct costs and economic analysis of an oil spill in New Zealand
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Sources and reporting of oil spills and impacts on wildlife
  • Species prioritization index for oiled wildlife response planning
  • Determining distribution, abundance and foraging ecology of seabirds and marine mammals around New Zealand

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Published research

Published research conducted by Wildbase research staff, students, affiliates and collaborative research includes a range of studies into various aspects of wildlife life history and applied research to improve oiled wildlife response procedures and techniques. 

Topics include:

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Our research partners

Wildbase continue to work with industry partners to develop best-practise facilities and equipment for oiled wildlife response. This includes a research led approach in the testing of response equipment and resources.

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