Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Biodiversity & conservation

The Biodiversity and Conservation team works on a range of projects aimed at protecting terrestrial biodiversity in New Zealand, and mitigating the impacts of invasive species on the natural environment and productive sector.

Our core skills and capability fall into three key areas:

Biodiversity management
Biodiversity management
  • Biodiversity inventory and monitoring (including sub-Antarctic Islands)
  • Understanding, protecting and restoring wetlands, drylands, forest fragments and rare ecosystems
  • Sanctuaries and iconic species management
  • Species recovery strategies, including genetics and assisted reproduction
  • Conservation planning tools
  • Biodiversity offsetting
  • Incorporating biodiversity into urban design
Invasive Species management
Invasive species management
  • Management of weeds, especially through biocontrol
  • Safe importation of new plant germplasm (to prevent new weeds)
  • Managing invasive invertebrates in natural ecosystems
  • Managing diseases of native plants
Molecular biology
Molecular biology
  • Understanding populations in order to better conserve or control them
  • Diagnostics and systematics
  • Functional genetics/genomics
  • EcoGene® (DNA services undertaken for national and international clients for biodiversity and biosecurity applications)

Our team is responsible for managing the Miller Invertebrate Containment Facility at Lincoln, and the Pathogen Containment Facility currently being constructed at Tamaki. We also manage the Ecological Genetics Laboratory at Tamaki and Ecology Labs at Hamilton, Palmerston North and Dunedin.

Currently our team has 38 staff located at our Auckland, Hamilton, Lincoln, Palmerston North and Dunedin sites. We also have 9 Research Associates associated with our team, and a number of casual staff working with us at any one time.

Barbara J. Anderson

Barbara J. Anderson

Scientist

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7206

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Gary Barker

Gary Barker

Research Associate

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +61 3 5664 7431

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Scott Bartlam

Scott Bartlam

Field Technician

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +64 7 859 3733

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Stanley Bellgard

Stanley Bellgard

Researcher

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4165

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Angela Brandt

Angela Brandt

Postdoctorial Researcher (Marsden)

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7222

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Talia Brav-Cubitt

Talia Brav-Cubitt

Junior Molecular Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4136

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Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Researcher

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9605

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Gretchen Brownstein

Gretchen Brownstein

Senior Research Technician

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7219

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Bev Clarkson

Bev Clarkson

Plant Ecologist / Capability Leader

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +64 7 859 3730

Mob: 027 412 3111

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Murray Dawson

Murray Dawson

Researcher

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9645

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Manpreet Dhami

Manpreet Dhami

Scientist

Location: Lincoln

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Murray Efford

Murray Efford

Research Associate

Location: Dunedin

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Lara Field

Lara Field

Technical Assistant

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9606

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Neil Fitzgerald

Neil Fitzgerald

Field Technician

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +64 7 859 3746

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Shaun Forgie

Shaun Forgie

Research Associate

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4224

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Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler

Research Leader

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9671

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Hugh Gourlay

Hugh Gourlay

Research Technician

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9683

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Ronny Groenteman

Ronny Groenteman

Researcher

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9904

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Lynley Hayes

Lynley Hayes

Science Team Leader

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9694

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Ella Hayman

Ella Hayman

Research Technician

Location: Palmerston North

Tel: +64 6 353 4942

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Richard Hill

Richard Hill

Research Associate

Location: Lincoln

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Gary Houliston

Gary Houliston

Portfolio Leader

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9667

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Robyn Howitt

Robyn Howitt

Lab Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4117

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John Innes

John Innes

Wildlife Ecologist

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +64 7 859 3714

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Claudia Lange

Claudia Lange

Postdoctoral Researcher

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9630

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William Lee

William Lee

Senior Researcher

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7207

Mob: +64 21 50 9484

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Zane McGrath

Zane McGrath

Junior Lab / Field Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4119

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Colin Meurk

Colin Meurk

Research Associate

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9740

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Pascale Michel

Pascale Michel

Research Associate

Location: Dunedin

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Danielle Middleton

Danielle Middleton

Molecular Ecologist

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9758

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Caroline Mitchell

Caroline Mitchell

Lab Technician

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9798

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Frank Molinia

Frank Molinia

Reproductive Physiologist/STM/Cl

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4225

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Adrian Monks

Adrian Monks

Researcher

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7209

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Quentin Paynter

Quentin Paynter

Research Leader

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4123

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Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Technician

Location: Palmerston North

Tel: +64 6 353 4871

Mob: 027 434 6335

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Ana Podolyan

Ana Podolyan

Molecular Technician

Location: Lincoln

Tel: 9860

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Chantal Probst

Chantal Probst

Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4162

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Ana Ramon-Laca

Ana Ramon-Laca

Laboratory Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4118

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Hayley Ricardo

Hayley Ricardo

Research Technician

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7254

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Hester Roberts

Hester Roberts

Senior Molecular Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4118

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Mark Smale

Mark Smale

Research Associate

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +64 7 859 3729

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Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Research Technician

Location: Lincoln

Tel: +64 3 321 9805

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Eric Spurr

Eric Spurr

Research Associate

Location: Auckland

Mob: 027 210 3883

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Andrew Tanentzap

Andrew Tanentzap

Research Associate

Location: (Unknown)

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Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Researcher

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7211

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Corinne Watts

Corinne Watts

Researcher

Location: Hamilton

Tel: +64 7 859 3706

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Eva Weber

Eva Weber

Molecular Ecologist

Location: Lincoln

Tel: 9833

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Daniel White

Daniel White

Bioinformatician/Population Geneticist

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4161

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Deb Wilson

Deb Wilson

Ecologist/Capability Leader

Location: Dunedin

Tel: +64 3 470 7212

Mob: +64 21 065 7590

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Chris Winks

Chris Winks

Field Technician

Location: Auckland

Tel: +64 9 574 4119

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