John Perrott

Senior Lecturer – Conservation Ecology and Mātauranga Māori

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 8654



  • 2004, Te Waananga O Aotearoa: Advanced Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori
  • 2003, Te Waananga O Aotearoa: Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori
  • 2002, Massey University: PhD in Ecology
  • 1997, Massey University: MSc (1st Class Hon) in Zoology
  • 1994, Massey University: BSc in Zoology

Memberships and Affiliations:

Professional membership(s)
  • Mātauranga Māori Advisor to the Department of Conservation Specialist Advisory Group
  • New Zealand Ecological Society
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • Hihi Recovery Group (DOC)    
  • Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
  • Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • Kawau Island Kiwi Trust (Chair)
  • Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles of New Zealand
  • Mokoia Island Trust Board (Science advisor)
  • Auckland Zoological Society
  • Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi
  • Puukenga School of Māori Education


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’.

Research Areas:

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.


  • 2014. Nessia, H. R., Dale, A. R., Perrott, J. K., Waipara, N.W., Aguilar, G.D., and Blanchon, D. J. Comparison of species richness and frequency cover of forest floor plants and lichens in sites invaded and uninvaded by the invasive club moss Selaginella kraussiana (Kunze) A. Braun, Plant Protection Quarterly 29(2).
  • 2014. Travis R. Glare, Brett D. Gartrell, Jenny Brookes, John K. Perrott. Isolation and identification of Aspergillus spp. From Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) Nocturnal Houses in New Zealand. Avian Diseases 58:16-24.
  • 2011. Perrott, J.K.,  Armstrong, D.P. Aspergillus fumigatus densities in relation to forest succession and edge effects: implications for wildlife health in modified environments. EcoHealth 8: 290-300.
  • 2010. Armstrong, D.P., Castro, I., Perrott, J.K., Ewen, J.G., Thorogood, R. Impacts of pathogenic disease and native predators on threatened native species. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 34: 272-273.
  • 2007. Perrott, J.K., Levin, I., and Hyde E.A. Morphology, distribution, and desiccation in the brown garden snail (Cantareus aspersus) at the Robert Findlay Wildlife Reserve, Miranda, Firth of Thames, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 31(1): 60-67.
  • 2005. Armstrong, D.P, Davidson, R.S., Perrott, J.K., Roygard, J. and Buchanan, L.  Density-dependent population growth in a reintroduced population of North Island saddlebacks. Journal of Animal Ecology, 74(1), 160-170.
  • 2002. Armstrong, D.P., Davidson, R.S., Diamond, W.J., Perrott, J.K., Castro, I., Ewen, J.G., Griffiths, R., Taylor, J. Population dynamics of reintroduced forest birds on New Zealand islands. Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, 29: 609–621.
  • 2001. Armstrong, D.P., Perrott, J.K. and I. Castro. Estimating impacts of poison operations using mark-recapture analysis: hihi (Notiomystis cincta) on Mokoia Island. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 25(2): 49-54.
  • 2000. Armstrong, D.P. and Perrott, J.K. An experiment testing whether condition and survival are limited by food supply in a translocated hihi population. Conservation Biology, 14(4), 1171- 1181.
  • 2000 Perrott, J.K. and Armstrong, D.P. Vegetation composition and phenology of Mokoia Is, and implications for the reintroduced hihi population. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 24(1), 19- 29.
  • 1999. Armstrong, D.P.; Castro, I.; Alley, J.C.; Feenstra, B.; and Perrott, J.K. Mortality and behaviour of hihi, an endangered New Zealand honeyeater, in the establishment phase following translocation. Biological Conservation 89: 329-339.