Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Catriona MacLeod

Catriona MacLeod
Position: Ecologist
Team: Wildlife Ecology & Management
Location: Dunedin
Private Bag 1930
Dunedin 9054
Phone: +64 3 470 7205
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Role at Landcare Research

Ecologist, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Dunedin

Environment Research Leader, Agricultural Research Group on Sustainability: 

Research interests

  • Biodiversity indicators of sustainable land management
  • Bird community and population dynamics
  • Invasion ecology, using introduced birds and their parasites as model systems

Professional affiliations / recognition.


Invited keynote speaker at the Barlow Symposium, New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, ‘Feathers to Fur,’ 22 November 2007


Invited speaker for a discussion group on ‘Strategies for successful bird conservation in arable and grassland systems’. International Ornithological Congress, Hamburg, 19 August 2006


Fast-Start Marsden awarded from the Royal Society of New Zealand


Editorial Board Member for New Zealand Journal of Ecology


Hayward Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Landcare Research, Lincoln


Royal Society of London Postdoctoral Travelling Fellowship, Lincoln University


PhD studentship funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation & Game Conservancy Trust, UK


MSc studentship funded by European Social Fund


New Zealand Ecological Society


Ornithological Society of New Zealand


British Ecological Society


British Trust for Ornithology




  • Dundee
    PhD Ecology
  • Aberdeen
    MSc Ecology
  • Edinburgh
    BSc (Hons) Zoology



  • MacLeod CJ, Green P, Gormley AM, Spurr EB 2015. Use of NZ Garden Bird Survey data in environmental reporting: preliminary models to account for spatial variation in sampling effort. Ministry for the Environment. 37 p. (Report, 2015)
  • Merfield C, Moller H, Manhire J, Rosin C, Norton S, Carey P, Hunt L, Reid J, Fairweather J, Benge J, Le Quellec I, Campbell H, Lucock D, Saunders C, MacLeod C, Barber A, McCarthy A 2015. Are organic standards sufficient to ensure sustainable agriculture? Lessons from New Zealand’s ARGOS and Sustainability Dashboard projects. Sustainable Agriculture Research 4(3): 158-172. (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Jones CJ, Lyver POB, Macleod CJ, Whitehead AL, Forrester GJ 2015. Variation in productivity of Grey-faced Petrels (Pterodroma gouldi) with local burrow density and breeding island. Emu 115(1): 20-28. (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Whitehead AL, Lyver PO, Jones CJ, Bellingham PJ, MacLeod CJ, Coleman M, Karl BJ, Drew K, Pairman D, Gormley AM, Duncan RP 2014. Establishing accurate baseline estimates of breeding populations of a burrowing seabird, the grey-faced petrel (Pterodroma macroptera gouldi) in New Zealand. Biological Conservation 169: 109-116. (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Bellingham PJ, Richardson SJ, Gormley AM, MacLeod CJ, Forsyth DM 2013. Department of Conservation biodiversity indicators: 2013 assessment. Landcare Research Contract Report ; LC1621. Landcare Research. 101 p. (Report, 2013)
  • MacLeod CJ, Moller H 2013. Environmental monitoring for sustainable land management in New Zealand’s production landscapes. NZ Sustainability Dashboard Research Report 13/10. ARGOS. 97 p. (Report, 2013)
  • MacLeod C, Blackwell G, Weller F, Moller H 2012. Designing a bird monitoring scheme for New Zealand’s agricultural sectors. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36(3): 312-323. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • MacLeod CJ, Affeld K, Allen RB, Bellingham PJ, Forsyth DM, Gormley AM, Holdaway RJ, Richardson SJ, Wiser SK 2012. Department of Conservation biodiversity indicators: 2012 assessment. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 63 p. (Report, 2012)
  • MacLeod CJ, Blackwell G, Benge J 2012. Reduced pesticide toxicity and increased woody vegetation cover account for enhanced native bird densities in organic orchards. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 652-660. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • MacLeod CJ, Greene TC, MacKenzie DI, Allen RB 2012. Monitoring widespread and common bird species on New Zealand’s conservation lands: a pilot study. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36(3): 300-311. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • MacLeod CJ, Tinkler G, Gormley AM, Spurr EB 2012. Measuring occupancy for an iconic bird species in urban parks. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36(3): 398-407. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Adams J, MacLeod C, Suryan RM, Hyrenbach KD, Harvey JT 2012. Summer-time use of west coast US National Marine Sanctuaries by migrating sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus). Biological conservation 156: 105-116. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • MacLeod CJ, Tompkins DM, Drew KW, Pyke N 2011. Does farm-scale habitat composition predict pest-bird numbers and distribution? Wildlife Research 38(6): 464-474. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • MacLeod CJ, Drew KW, Coleman M 2011. Radio-tracking small farmland passerines: trade-offs in study design. Notornis 58(3&4): 113-123. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • MacLeod CJ, Paterson AM, Tompkins DM, Duncan RP 2010. Parasites lost - do invaders miss the boat or drown on arrival ? Ecology letters 13: 516-527. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • MacLeod CJ, Adams J, Lyver PO 2008. At-sea distribution of satellite-tracked grey-faced petrels, Pterodroma macroptera gouldi, captured on the Ruamaahua (Aldermen) Islands, New Zealand. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 142(1): 73-88. (Journal Article, 2008)



  • Associate Editor New Zealand Journal of Ecology, New Zealand Journal of Ecology



  • Animal Ecology
  • Birds: Investigating the ecology of introduced birds in relation to farmland management practices