Group Leader

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

Phd Students

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Olivia Vergara

Chile | Contact Olivia

Direct and indirect effects of mammal control on forest invertebrate communities | PhD thesis

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Nyree Fea

New Zealand | Contact Nyree

The responses of New Zealand's arboreal forest birds to invasive mammal control | PhD thesis

Implications for NZ bird conservation VUW news release and video interview, Mar 2019


Fea N & Hartley S (2018) The balancing act of nest survival: Survival of a small endemic bird in the face of ship rat predation and other risk factors. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13(2):11. article

Master's Students

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Kiki Morse

Secondary supervisor: Stephanie Tomscha

Biodiversity corridors

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Henry MacKenzie

Home ranges and behavioural ecology of urban rats

Media coverage

Tracking Inner City Rats podcast on Radio NZ, 06 Nov 2019

Secret Lives of Rats VUW news story, Nov 2019

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Cherie Balls

New Zealand | Email Cherie

Understanding the distribution of introduced mammalian predators in an urban environment using monitoring tools and community trapping | MSc thesis

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Roald Bomans

New Zealand | Contact Roald

Bioacoustic monitoring of New Zealand avifauna before and after aerial 1080 operations | MSc thesis

Birds Call Out 1080 Claim podcast on Radio NZ, April 2018

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Katherine de Silva

New Zealand | Blog | LinkedIn | Contact Kat

Temporal dynamics and constraints in natural regeneration of native plant species in restored urban forests

The implementation of urban forest restoration activities has become a key tool over the last few decades throughout New Zealand to improve ecosystem services, function, resilience and biodiversity. However, the trajectory and success of restoration activities in degraded urban environments, may differ depending on the influencing characteristics of regional climate, micro-climate and the original planted composition of native species. Using a chronosequence approach, whereby space is substituted for time, we will determine how the regeneration dynamics of restoration plantings vary with climate and canopy composition differences among several cities. For more, see: Fixing Forests podcast on Radio NZ

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Hannah Stilborn

New Zealand

Survival, predation and behaviour of Mahoenui giant wētā

Previous graduates / alumni