Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Neil Fitzgerald

Neil Fitzgerald
Position: Field Technician
Team: Biodiversity and Conservation
Location: Hamilton
Private Bag 3127
Hamilton 3240
Phone: +64 7 859 3746
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Waikato
    BSc (Tech) Env Science, Biology
    2000

Publications

Publications

  • Smale MC, Coomes DA, Parfitt RL, Peltzer DA, Mason NWH, Fitzgerald NB 2016. Post-volcanic forest succession on New Zealand's North Island: an appraisal from long-term plot data. New Zealand Journal of Botany 54(1): 11-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2015.1102747 (Journal Article, 2016)
  • Rayner MJ, Gaskin CP, Fitzgerald NB, Baird KA, Berg MM, Boyle D, Joyce L, Landers TJ, Loh GG, Maturin S, Perrimen L, Scofield RP, Simm J, Southey I, Taylor GA, Tennyson AJD, Robertson BC, Young M, Walle R, Ismar SMH 2015. Using miniaturised radiotelemetry to discover the breeding grounds of the endangered New Zealand storm petrel Fregetta maoriana. Ibis 157(4): 754-766. http://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12287 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Ismar SMH, Gaskin CP, Fitzgerald NB, Taylor GA, Tennyson AJD, Rayner MJ 2015. Evaluating on-land capture methods for monitoring a recently re-discovered procellariform seabird, the New Zealand storm petrel Fregetta maoriana. Marine Ornithology 43: 255-258. http://www.marineornithology.org/PDF/43_2/43_2_255-258.pdf (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Ismar SMH, Baird KA, Gaskin CP, Taylor GA, Tennyson AJD, Rayner MJ, Bettesworth D, Fitzgerald N, Landers TJ, Imber MJ 2014. A case of natural recovery after the removal of invasive predators - community assemblage changes in the avifauna of Burgess Island. Notornis 61(4): 188-195. http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/node/4284 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Clarkson BR, Moore TR, Fitzgerald NB, Thornburrow D, Watts CH, Miller S 2014. Water table regime regulates litter decomposition in restiad peatlands, New Zealand. Ecosystems 17(2): 317-326. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-013-9726-4 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Rayner MJ, Gaskin CP, Stephenson BM, Fitzgerald NB, Landers TJ, Robertson BC, Scofield RP, Ismar SMH, Imber MJ 2013. Brood patch and sex-ratio observations indicate breeding provenance and timing in New Zealand storm petrel (Fregetta maoriana). Marine Ornithology 41: 107-111. http://www.marineornithology.org/PDF/41_2/41_2_107-111.pdf (Journal Article, 2013)
  • Innes J, Watts C, Fitzgerald N, Thornburrow D, Burns B, MacKay J, Speedy C 2011. Behaviour of invader ship rats experimentally released behind a pest-proof fence, Maungatautari, New Zealand. Occasional papers of the IUCN Species Survival Commission 42: 437-440. http://www.iucn.org/dbtw-wpd/edocs/ssc-op-042.pdf (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Clarkson B, Moore T, Thornburrow D, Fitzgerald N, Watts C 2011. Litter decomposition in peatlands, Waikato, New Zealand. Proceedings: Joint Meeting of Society of Wetland Scientists, WETPOL and Wetland Biogeochemistry Symposium, Prague, 3-8 July 2011. Pp. unp. files.sws2011.com/200000690-a8d21a9cba/O-51.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2011)
  • Smale MC, Fitzgerald NB, Richardson SJ 2011. Resilience to fire of Dracophyllum subulatum (Ericaceae) frost flat heathland, a rare ecosystem in central North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49(2): 231-241. <Go to ISI>://CABI:20113237680 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Morgan DKJ, Waas JR, Innes J, Fitzgerald N 2011. Identification of nest predators using continuous time-lapse recording in a New Zealand city. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 38(4): 343-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2011.607835 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Smale MC, Fitzgerald NB, Richardson SJ 2011. Resilience to fire of Dracophyllum subulatum (Ericaceae) frost flat heathland, a rare ecosystem in central North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49(2): 231-241. <Go to ISI>://CABI:20113237680 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • King CM, Innes JG, Gleeson D, Fitzgerald N, Winstanley T, O'Brien B, Bridgman L, Cox N 2011. Reinvasion by ship rats ( Rattus rattus) of forest fragments after eradication. Biological Invasions 13(10): 2391-2408. <Go to ISI>://CABI:20113319543 (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Innes J, King CM, Bridgman L, Fitzgerald N, Arnold G, Cox N 2010. Effect of grazing on ship rat density in forest fragments of lowland Waikato, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 34(2): 227-232. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/new_issues/NZJEcol34_2_227.pdf (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Richardson SJ, Smale MC, Hurst JM, Fitzgerald NB, Peltzer DA, Allen RB, Bellingham PJ, McKelvey PJ 2009. Large-tree growth and mortality rates in forests of the central North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 33(2): 208-215. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/new_issues/NZJEcol33_2_208.pdf (Journal Article, 2009)

Skills

Skills

  • Bird banding - Level 3 (passerines, cuckoos, kingfishers, seabirds except penguins, waders) & Level 2 (parrots)
  • Donkey work
  • Field video surveillance
  • Measuring trees
  • Mist-netting (Level 3)
  • Radio tracking
  • Radio transmitter attachment to birds (tui, bellbird, hihi, NZ storm-petrel, white-faced storm-petrel)
  • Climbing trees
  • Photography
  • Small mammal handling