I'm an independent Ecologist and run my own company carrying out ecological research for conservation. My research interests include plant-animal mutualisms (seed dispersal and pollination), limits to plant recruitment, and rare and threatened plants.
Originally from Wellington, I completed my BSc in Botany and Ecology and MSc in Ecology at Victoria University. I then worked as a Biosecurity Scientist for central government, before heading to University of Canterbury in 2004 to do a PhD. My PhD research found that loss of our native kereru (wood pigeon) would dramatically reduce regeneration of large-seeded forest trees, which depend on kereru for dispersal.
Following my PhD, I worked in the Research and Development Group at the Department of Conservation in Wellington (mostly on weeds), before returning to Christchurch in 2010 to undertake a FRST Postdoctoral Fellowship at Landcare Research. For my postdoc I investigated the causes of rarity in NZ native plants. In 2013 I set up my own business - Moa's Ark Research.
I am Newsletter Editor for the NZ Ecological Society, which I have been a member of since 2000, and am also a member of the NZ Plant Conservation Network.