WHO WE ARE

Our team brings together seabird experts and students working at a number of institutions within the region, with a wide range of research expertise and many years experience.

The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust was established to initiate and support seabird research and conservation projects in Northern New Zealand. 

RESEARCHERS

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DR BRENDON DUNPHY

Brendon is fascinated by the limits to which life can be pushed and, perhaps more importantly, recover from disturbance. This matters as we face a future of changing climate and more people putting increased strain on marine resources. Thus, recruiting seabirds as indicators of this ‘strain’ is a key thrust of his research. 

PROJECTS: SENTINELS

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DR MEGAN FRIESEN

Megan is a behavioral ecologist whose research focuses on sensory adaptations, communication, and conservation in seabirds. She is an assistant professor of biology at Saint Martin’s University in Washington state (USA). 

PROJECTS: LIGHTS, RAKO

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KERRY LUKIES

Kerry has a Bachelors in Ecology and has recently completed a Masters in Conservation and Biosecurity, both at the University of Auckland. She now works as the Community Liason Co-ordinator for the NNZST. She is passionate about marine conservation and in her spare time enjoys diving, swimming and learning to surf.

PROJECTS: SENTINELS, LIGHTS

EDIN WHITEHEAD

Edin is a seabird ecophysiologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. She is currently doing her PhD on how climate change will impact the behaviour and breeding success of shearwaters and prions by linking environmental variables and energetic inputs with the behavioural and physiological adjustments that parent birds make to raise their chicks. She works for the NNZST as a field biologist.

PROJECTS: SENTINELS, RAKO

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CHRISTY WAILS

Christy is a PhD candidate based at Northern Illinois University focusing on seabird community responses at islands that have been cleared of invasive mammalian predators. 

PROJECTS: RECOVER

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PROJECTS: SENTINELS

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DR NIGEL ADAMS

Nigel is based at the School of Environmental and Animal Sciences , Unitec Institute of Technology where he teaches into their programmes in Biodiversity Management,  Animal  Behavior and Welfare. Nigel completed his PhD on the feeding biology and energetics of penguins in the  sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. He subsequently worked on Cape gannets and African Penguins off the South African coast.  More recent work in New Zealand has included projects on the stress physiology of Grey -faced petrels and foraging ecology of Australasian gannets.

PROJECTS: TĀKAPU

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CHRIS GASKIN

Chris is the project coordinator for the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust. He has 16 years’ experience project managing for seabird/island surveys/research expeditions for northern New Zealand, and advocacy for seabirds and the environments they inhabit. Special areas of research include, petrels of the South Pacific Ocean including New Zealand; pioneering at-sea capture methods of Procellariiformes which led to the discovery of the NZ storm petrel breeding on Te Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island). From 2013 to 2015 he was project coordinator for the Important Bird Area Programme (NZ seabirds) with Forest & Bird/BirdLife International. 

PROJECTS: BOUNTY, RAKO, LIGHTS

DR MATT RAYNER

Matt is Curator of Land Vertebrates at Auckland War Memorial Museum. His research specialty sits within the fields of avian behaviour, conservation ecology and evolution but has a strong cross-disciplinary focus combining tracking technologies, behavioural datasets and cellular analyses of field and museum specimens to understand biological change of bird communities in space and time.  Matt has a 15-year research programme on the biology of Hauraki Gulf and New Zealand seabirds with active study sites ranging from the New Zealand mainland, offshore islands, and also international field collaborations in Australia and the tropical Pacific.

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DR TODD LANDERS

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DR GAIA DELL'ARRICIA

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CATHY MITCHELL

Cathy is a retired vet who became involved in conservation work about 15 years ago. She now specialises in seabird translocations, restoration projects and providing expertise for seabird research.

 

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DR ANDREW JEFFS

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