Dr Jennifer Pannell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5218

Email: jennifer.pannell@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT City Campus
46 Wakefield Street
Auckland 1010

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Ecology - 2016 - Lincoln University New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) Ecological Science, Honours Ecology – 2009 – University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member - International Pest Risk Research Group (iPRRG)


Jennifer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Associate Professor Hannah Buckley and Dr Bradley Case as part of a National Science Challenge research team.  She completed her PhD in 2016 at the Bio Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University New Zealand. She is originally from the UK, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Teaching Areas:

  • SCIE701 - Project supervisor
  • ENVS622 - Lecturer
  • CONS804 - Lecturer
  • ECOL602 - Teaching Assistant

Research Areas:

  • Terrestrial biodiversity and conservation
  • Agroecosystems
  • Plant invasions
  • Spatial ecology
  • Ecological modelling

Research Summary:

Jennifer’s background is in ecological modelling, and some of her previous work includes spatial and population modelling of invasive weeds, individual based forest dynamic modelling, and using multispectral imagery to measure pasture growth.
Jennifer is particularly interested in landscape and quantitative ecology, and how we can use technology in novel ways to answer ecological questions.

Current Research Projects:

Jennifer is currently part of a research team examining native biodiversity in agroecosystems from a social, ecological and economic perspective. She is working across all three of these aspects. Some of the work she is doing includes spatial analysis of social factors affecting conservation, modelling the economic implications of conservation on farm, and landscape-scale modelling of fragmentation and biodiversity. 


  • Case, B., Pannell, J., MacDonald, I., Döweler, F., Buckley, H. Spatial abiotic and biotic correlates of seedling abundances across a montane beech forest (Nothofagaceae) altitudinal gradient, Lewis Pass, New Zealand (In preparation)

  • Pannell, J., Kriticos, D., Duncan, R., 4, Hulme, P. Habitat suitability of New Zealand public land for invasive alien succulents (In preparation)

  • Pannell, J., Duncan, R., Hulme, P. Transplant experiments test climatic limits and reveal climatic disequilibrium of alien succulents in New Zealand (In preparation)

  • Lischka, A., Lacoue-Labarthe, T., Hoving, H., JavidPour, J., Pannell, J., Merten, V., Churlaud, C., Bustamante, P. High cadmium and mercury concentrations in the tissues of the orange-back flying squid, Sthenoteuthis pteropus, from the tropical Eastern Atlantic (submitted, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety)

  • Pannell, J. (2016) Data for PhD thesis “Climatic Limitation of Alien Weeds in New Zealand: Enhancing Species Distribution Models with Field Data". figshare. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3660371

  • Pannell, J. (2016) Data Management Plan for PhD Thesis "Climatic Limitation of Alien Weeds in New Zealand: Enhancing Species Distribution Models with Field Data". Research Ideas and Outcomes 2: e8664. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e8664

  • Pannell, J. (2016) Climatic Limitation of Alien Weeds in New Zealand: Enhancing Species Distribution Models with Field Data. Doctoral Thesis, Lincoln University, New Zealand http://hdl.handle.net/10182/7664