Senior Lecturer – Conservation Ecology and Mātauranga Māori
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 8654
John is a lecturer with 20 years experience in ecology and conservation biology. He has research and publication experience in birds, mammals, plants, invertebrates, reptiles, and wildlife disease. He undertook his studies in ecology at Massey University, Palmerston North. John’s PhD was titled ‘the ecology of Aspergillus fumigates: wildlife health in modified environments’.
Recent research includes investigations into environmental tolerances and size distributions of invasive land snail populations, designing and facilitating insect and small mammal tracking and monitoring system experiments for biosecurity and conservation applications, identifying New Zealand kookaburra range limitations and niche overlaps with native species, and disease ecology of speckled skinks in the Bay of Plenty Conservancy.
John has additional interests in the use of educational technology systems for achieving greater Maori representation in the biological sciences. At present, John is helping develop entry level whanau-based study programs that integrate self-directed and peer-mentoring methods with moodle and smart phone educational technology.