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

NZ scientists leading de-extinction discussion

08 Aug 2017
We have contributed to a special issue of Functional Ecology that considers the feasibility and implications of resurrecting extinct species.

Postdoc available: palaeoecologist specialising in ancient DNA.

20 Feb 2017
We are recruiting a post-doc specialising in ancient DNA to contribute to a new Marsden Fund project Using ancient dung to reconstruct the transformation of prehistoric island ecosystems by invasive rats.

New position: Palaeoecologist

20 Feb 2017
We are currently looking to recruit a palaeoecologist with experience in either aDNA or palynology.

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