Projects

Human impacts and ecological transformation

Dating the prehistoric Moriori settlement on Rekohu (Chatham Islands)

Exploring an anomoly in the settlement timing of East Polynesia

Fire in New Zealand ecosystems

Understanding increased fire frequencies following human settlement as a novel driver in New Zealand ecosystems

Dating the initial arrival of humans on pristine island ecosystems

Establishing the timing and sequence of events in the human settlement of new landmasses is key to understanding drivers of ecological impact


Conservation palaeoecology

Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Tool (WAAM)

Pre-human baselines for assessing, monitoring and restoring New Zealand’s wetland ecosystems

Defining New Zealand’s lost avifauna

Establishing baselines for understanding the evolution of New Zealand’s biota and the impacts of human settlement

Prehuman vegetation baselines for restoration

Determing what was here before, to help guide restoration for the future


Long-term ecological change

QUAVONZ: Quaternary Vegetation of New Zealand

Establishing a database for New Zealand’s vegetation history over the past 50,000 years

Refining statistical sightings models for inferring event timings in palaeoecological records

Modelling prehistoric extinction and introduction events using Bayesian analysis of radiocarbon dates

Resolving ‘ghost’ diversity in pollen records, using ancient DNA

Increasing our ability to resolve plant taxa in pollen records

Long-term vegetation and climate history of the subantarctic islands

Assessing ecological change on New Zealand’s subantarctic islands since the last glaciation