Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader Master of GISc
Phone: 09 921 9999 Ext 8837
BA (Biol) Whitman College, MSc University of Auckland, PhD James Cook University, Memberships and Affiliations
Barbara is a senior lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences. Her research interests are in GIS applications, ecosystem management and spatial ecology. She has over 20 years experience working in government and NGO's in both Australia and New Zealand. Her research focus has recently been the identification and selection of Marine Protected Areas, using remote sensing technology, such as UAV, to map habitats and landscapes for conservation planning and integrating social data with environmental and biological information using decision support systems, multivariate statistics and GIS.
Geographic Information Science
Coastal and Marine Conservation
Marine Protected Areas,
Use of GIS in conservation applications
Use of remote sensing technology, such as UAV, to map habitats and landscapes for conservation planning
Public participation GIS
Integration of social data with environmental and biological information using decision support systems, multivariate statistics and GIS.
I am interested in developing methods for integrating biophysical and social data in the development and evaluation of protected areas in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific using GIS, decision support systems, advanced spatial statistics and geospatial modelling. I am also interested in research which explores the interaction between human perceptions and the ecological status of the natural environment. Finally, I use new technology to answer old conservation questions; lately I have been working with satellite imagery and aerial photography from unmanned aerial vehicles to map critical habitats, invasive species, threatened species, coastal and marine ecosystems and the distribution and abundance of marine mammals for spatial conservation planning.
Current Research Projects:
I currently lead a marine education, awareness and research programme for WWF-NZ which includes developing marine environmental education programmes for schools and community groups; research on socioeconomic, biological and physical values of the North Eastern Bioregion, Kaipara Harbour and Manukau Harbour; and advocacy programmes to promote the benefits of marine protected areas in New Zealand.
Jones, MRL; Breen, BB; 2014 Role of scavenging in a synaphobranchid eel (Diastobranchus capensis, Barnard, 1923), from northeastern Chatham Rise, New Zealand. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers; 85 (1 March) 118-123
Jones, MRL; Breen, BB; 2013 Food and feeding relationships of three sympatric slickhead species (Pisces: Alepocephalidae) from northeastern Chatham Rise, New ZealandDeep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers ; 79 (1-Sep)
Sivaramakrishnan, Sivakumar; Al-Anbuky, Adnan; Breen, Barbara B; 2010 Adaptive sampling for node discovery: Wildlife monitoring & sensor network Communications (APCC), 2010 16th Asia-Pacific Conference on447-452 IEEE
Sharp, BR; Parker, SJ; Pinkerton, MH; Breen, BB; Cummings, V; Dunn, A; Grant, SM; Hanchet, SM; Keys, HJR; Lockhart, SJ; 2010 Bioregionalisation and spatial ecosystem processes in the Ross Sea region XXXIII ATCM/Information Paper 107
Nájera–Hillman, Eduardo; King, Peter; Baird, Andrea C; Breen, Barbara B; 2009 Effect of pest–management operations on the abundance and size–frequency distribution of the New Zealand endemic frog Leiopelma hochstetteri New Zealand Journal of Zoology; 36 (4): 389-400
Nájera-Hillman, Eduardo; Alfaro, Andrea C; O’Shea, Steve; Breen, BB; Garrett, N; King, Peter; 2009 Habitat use model for the New Zealand endemic frog Leiopelma hochstetteri Endangered Species Research 8
Najera‐Hillman, Eduardo; Alfaro, Andrea C; Breen, Barbara B; O'Shea, Steve; 2009 Characterisation (δ13C and δ15N isotopes) of the food webs in a New Zealand stream in the Waitakere Ranges, with emphasis on the trophic level of the endemic frog Leiopelma hochstetteri New Zealand Journal of Zoology ; 36(2) 165-176
Breen, Barbara Bollard; Breen, Daniel; 2008 Quantifying Community Perceptions of Marine Environments for Marine Protected Area Planning: When is the Reef too Crowded? Tourism in Marine Environments 5: 2-Mar
Learning and Teaching Enabled by Technology (LATENT) grant 2012 recipient.