Research is undertaken on a wide range of topics, including pest mammal species, other invasive species (plants and insects), urban ecology, coastal ecology, survival and genetic diversity of translocated species, bioacoustics, and biodiversity monitoring, especially long-term population trends of threatened species (e.g. tuatara and native frogs).

The six main research themes for the Centre are:

  1. biodiversity conservation and monitoring
  2. pest mammals
  3. urban ecology
  4. habitat restoration (islands, coastal, wetland and forest ecosystems)
  5. biological responses to climate change
  6. biosecurity

Most research projects are interdisciplinary and integrate aspects from two or more of the above themes. Staff have teaching or research collaborations in place with many overseas universities, as well as with the Secretariat of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity in Montréal.

In New Zealand, the Centre collaborates with Zealandia (formerly the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Trust), the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, and with various zoos, including Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington.

External funding comes from multiple sources including government ministries, industry and philanthropic donations.

Ecology and Biodiversity Research Index lists all staff members and their research interests, and the Research Groups pages give more detailed information about current staff, students and projects. For a list of recent research activity see our 2019 publications.

Posters highlighting areas of research in biodiversity and restoration ecology: