Projects | Ngā Hinonga

Human impacts and ecological transformation

Prehistoric ecological impacts of Pacific rat

Using newly discovered coprolites to study the diets of New Zealand's first invasive mammal

Tracking past human impact on islands by improving palaeoecological reconstructions with PalEnDNA analysis

Revealing the past occurrence of “ghost taxa” and unlocking past records from “silent sites”

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

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

Increasing our ability to resolve under-represented 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