Terrace pools, Bealey Spur

Research areas

Long-term ecological change

Reconstructing vegetation and climate change in New Zealand and the subantarctic islands since the last glaciation; developing a Quaternary palaeoecology database for New Zealand.

Human impacts and ecological transformation

Determining initial human impacts on New Zealand ecosystems, the anthropogenic transformation of vegetation by fire, and the timing and impact of faunal extinctions.

Conservation palaeoecology

Reconstructing the ecology of extinct and introduced fauna; establishing vegetation baselines; providing relevant data to improve understanding of remaining biota.

Recent news

Ecological baselines for Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust

14 Apr 2021
A new collaborative research project with Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust aims to enable Ngāi Tahu Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua to promote, manage and restore the ecological values surrounding Māori rock art sites at Ōpihi, South Canterbury

Moa and deer

06 May 2019
By using pollen analysis of moa coprolites and deer dung from the same patch of native forest we directly compared the ecological effects of these two large herbivores for the first time.

Return of the lost birds

05 Nov 2018
A new article in New Zealand Geographic details work being undertaken on some of New Zealand's lesser-known extinct birds

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