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Palaeoecologists

Janet Wilmshurst

Director of Long-Term Ecology Laboratory. Analyses modern and fossil pollen, charcoal and testate amoebae analyses of lakes, bogs, swamps, coprolites and cave sediments to reconstruct past vegetation and fire history, initial human impacts, and former plant-animal interactions of extinct birds and introduced kiore (Rattus exulans).

Matt McGlone

Emeritus researcher. Analyses of long-term vegetation and climate history of New Zealand, plant biogeography, human and climate change impacts on biodiversity. Numerous post-retirement projects on the go, current obsession: gender in the New Zealand flora, taxonomy and ecology of kanuka (Kunzea spp.).


Neoecologists

Jo Carpenter

Researcher of plant-animal interactions and how they have shifted over time, the role of antagonistic interactions (predation, herbivory, etc) in island ecosystems, and factors affecting the conservation of New Zealand's forest birds.

Olivia Burge

A quantitative ecologist with a focus on community ecology, often in wetland ecosystems. Interested in invasion, resilience, plant traits and integrating long-term ecological data with neo-ecological data are key interests – particularly where the intersect.


Research technicians

Nic Bolstridge

Prepares microfossil slides from lake sediments, peats, soils, coprolites, caves, fresh dung, and feathers, and manages the Microfossil Preparation Laboratory and refrigerated sample archives.

Karen Boot

Prepares samples for sediment and charcoal analyses, manages the Subsampling Room, field store, transitional facility, and sample archives.


Past Long Term Ecology Lab Researchers

Francisca Diaz

International collaborator: Extraction of ancient DNA from the Atacama rodent fossil coprolites to reconstruct vegetation change.

Helen Boothby

Participant Teacher on the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Science Teacher Leadership Programme

Lea de Nascimento

Marie Curie Post doctoral fellowship: Tracking past human impact on islands by improving palaeoecological reconstructions with PalEnDNA analysis

Edward Mitchell

International collaborator from Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Tess Cole

PhD Project: Fire and Ice: Genomic insights into the evolution, biogeography and extinction of modern penguins

Michelle McKeown

Post-doctoral project: Creating checklist and LUCID key for New Zealand testate amoebae and developing indicators for wetland condition.

Jessica Rivera Perez

Post-doctoral project: Reconstructing diets of prehistoric kiore in New Zealand using ancient DNA

Jamie Wood

Palaeoecology researcher and manager of ancient DNA laboratory 2009-2022

Alex Boast

PhD Project: Palaeoecology and ancient DNA of the kakapo