I have been lucky to have a wonderful group of postgraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows working with me. We benefit enormously from the connections and collaborations we have with our special alumni.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Lizzy Lowe  - The effects of urbanisation on beetle communities

Current position: Postdoc, Macquarie University

Cheryl Krull  - Roads as a barrier to invasive mammals

Current position: Lecturer, AUT (Auckland University Technology)


 PhD Students

Ellery McNaughton -  Effects of artificial light at night on urban wildlife.

Current Position: Biosecurity team, Auckland Council

Rachael Sagar - Foraging ecology and physiological impacts of translocation of mottled petrels (Pterodroma inexpectata
Current Position: Ecologist, Department of Conservation

Carolina Lara Mendoza  - Plant-frugivore interactions in an urbanised landscape

Current Position: Avifauna specialist, Wildlands

Anna ProbertAssessing risk to native ecosystems: using exotic ants as models

Current Position: Postdoc, University of Fribourg

Josie Galbraith – Does supplementary feeding contribute to the success of 
introduced bird species?

Current position: Natural Sciences Curator, Auckland Museum

Christine Sheppard – Potential distribution and invasiveness of newly established 
alien plants under different climate change scenarios.

Current position: Postdoc, University of Hohenheim

Cheryl Krull – Impact and management of feral pigs in temperate rainforest

Current position: Lecturer, AUT (Auckland University Technology)

Tania Jogesh – Consequences of global redistribution on the ecology and evolution 
of the invasive weed Pastinaca sativa and its associated insect fauna

Current position: Postdoc, Chicago Botanic Gardens
MSc Students
Sandy Huang - The ecology of Auckland's urban trees

Cathy Nottingham – The impact of hedgehogs in urban forest fragments

Current Position: Auckland Council

Robert Vennell – Estimating a damage function for feral pig disturbance

Current position: Collections Manager, Natural Sciences, Auckland Museum

Rebecca Lerhke – Assessing the Assessing the efficacy of disturbance-based
 management of black swans at the Auckland Airport

Current position: PhD candidate, Charles Darwin University

Sam Heggie-Gracie – Urban bird composition at different scales

Current position: Ecologist, Tonkin & Taylor

Sam Lincoln – Indirect impacts of mammalian pest control

Jess Devitt – Assessing the potential ecological impacts of the hadda beetle

Current position: PhD candidate, University of Auckland

Claire Warren – Kick-starting secondary succession in old fields: can artificial
perches influence seed rain?

Current Position: Department of Conservation

Eru Nathan – Determining the spatial extent of biodiversity outcomes mammalian
 predator pest management

Current position: Ecologist, Auckland Council

Vinni Pather – The ecology and future invasive potential of Jatropha curcas as a
 biofuel crop in New Zealand

Current position: Incursion investigator, Ministry for Primary Industries

Saronna Auina – The impact of Anopolepis gracilipes (yellow crazy ants) on 
invertebrate communities in Nu’utele, Samoa

Murray Fea - Reproductive ecology and impact of the invasive praying mantis 
Miomantis caffra

Current position: PhD candidate, University of Auckland

Jarrod Thompson – Coexistence in ant communities invaded by the ecologically 
dominant Argentine ant

Current Position: Team Leader, AsureQuality

Kenneth Sung – Environmental limitations of Argentine ants
BSc (Honours) students

Ellery McNaughton – The effect of supplementary feeding on Indian mynah 
in urban areas.

Current position: PhD candidate, University of Auckland

Robin Gardner-Gee – Invertebrates and restoration: testing restoration assumptions 
and assessing restoration success on Motuora Island.

Current Position: Scientist, Plant & Food Research
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