Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Deb Wilson

Deb Wilson
Position: Ecologist/Capability Leader
Team: Biodiversity and Conservation
Location: Dunedin
Private Bag 1930
Dunedin 9054
Phone: +64 3 470 7212
Mob: +64 21 065 7590

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Research interests:

Population dynamics of small mammals and their prey species.

Ecological impacts of invasive mammals and habitat change on native biota.

Estimating the population density of mammals, lizards and birds.

Student supervision and teaching:

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Otago. Please see http://www.otago.ac.nz/Zoology/staff/otago008942.html

Recent publications:

Wilson DJ, Innes JG, Fitzgerald NB, Bartlam S, Watts C, Smale MC 2018. Population dynamics of house mice without mammalian predators and competitors. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42(2): 192-203. http://doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.42.25

Wilson D 2017. Abundance of rats (Rattus species) following brushtail possum control operations on the Otago Peninsula. Landcare Research Contract Report LC2768 for Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group. http://www.pestfreepeninsula.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LC2768_OPBG-rat-tracking-report.pdf

Wilson DJ, Lyver PO'B, Greene TC, Whitehead AL, Dugger K, Karl BJ, Barringer JRF, McGarry R, Pollard AM, Ainley DG 2017. South Polar Skua breeding populations in the Ross Sea assessed from demonstrated relationship with Adelie Penguin numbers. Polar Biology 40: 577-592. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-016-1980-4 Free read access at http://rdcu.be/mSoD

Wilson DJ, Mulvey RL, Clarke DA, Reardon JT 2017. Assessing and comparing population densities and indices of skinks under three predator management regimes. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 84-97. http://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3288 

Forsyth DM, Wilson DJ, Easdale TA, Kunstler G, Canham CD, Ruscoe WA, Wright EF, Murphy L, Gormley AM, Gaxiola A, Coomes DA 2015. Century-scale effects of invasive deer and rodents on the dynamics of forests growing on soils of contrasting fertility. Ecological Monographs 85: 157-180. http://doi.org/10.1890/14-0389.1

Canham CD, Ruscoe WA, Wright EF, Wilson DJ 2014. Spatial and temporal variation in tree seed production and dispersal in a New Zealand temperate rainforest. Ecosphere 5(4): 49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00384.1 

Schadewinkel RB, Senior AM, Wilson DJ, Jamieson IG 2014. Effects on South Island robins (Petroica australis) from pest control using aerially applied 1080 poison. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38: 315-321. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3126 

Wilson DJ, Norbury G, Walker S 2014. How does woody succession affect population densities of passerine birds in New Zealand drylands? New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38: 257-267. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3122 

Walker S, Wilson DJ, Norbury G, Monks A, Tanentzap AJ 2014. Effects of secondary shrublands on bird, lizard and invertebrate faunas in a dryland landscape. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38: 242-256. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3123 

Walker S, Wilson DJ, Norbury G, Monks A, Tanentzap AJ 2014. Complementarity of indigenous flora in shrublands and grasslands in a New Zealand dryland landscape. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38: 230-241. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3124 

Pickerell GA, O'Donnell CFJ, Wilson DJ, Seddon PJ 2014. How can we detect introduced mammalian predators in non-forest habitats? A comparison of techniques. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38: 86-102. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3100 

Dupuch A, Morris DW, Ale SB, Wilson DJ, Moore DE 2014. Landscapes of fear or competition? Predation did not alter habitat choice by Arctic rodents. Oecologia 174: 403-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-013-2792-7 

Krebs CJ, Bilodeau F, Reid D, Gauthier G, Kenney AJ, Gilbert S, Duchesne D, Wilson DJ 2012. Are lemming winter nest counts a good index of population density? Journal of mammalogy 93: 87-92. http://pinnacle.allenpress.com/doi/abs/10.1644/11-MAMM-A-137.1 

MacKay J, Murphy EC, Anderson SH, Russell JC, Hauber ME, Wilson DJ, Clout MN 2011. A successful mouse eradication explained by site specific population data. In: Veitch CR, Clout MN, Towns DR ed. Proceedings: Island invasives: eradication and management, Gland, Switzerland. Pp. 198-203.

Frank H, Wilson DJ 2011. Distribution, status and conservation measures for lizards in limestone areas of South Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 38: 15-28. 

Smith DHV, Moller H, Wilson DJ, Murphy EC 2010. Prey switching by stoats (Mustela erminea): a supplemental food experiment. Wildlife research 37: 604-611. 

Wilson DJ, Lee WG 2010. Primary and secondary resource pulses in an alpine ecosystem : snow tussock grass (Chionochloa spp.) flowering and house mouse (Mus musculus) populations in New Zealand. Wildlife research 37: 89-103. 

Smith DHV, Wilson DJ, Moller H, Murphy EC 2008. Using artificial nests to explore predation by introduced predators inhabiting alpine areas in New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 35: 119-128. 

Smith DHV, Wilson DJ, Moller H, Murphy EC, Pickerell G 2008. Stoat density, diet and survival compared between alpine grassland and beech forest habitats. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 32: 166-176. 

Wilson DJ, Wright EF, Canham CD, Ruscoe WA 2007. Neighbourhood analyses of tree seed predation by introduced rodents in a New Zealand temperate rainforest. Ecography 30: 105-119. 

Smith DHV, Wilson DJ, Moller H, Murphy EC 2007. Selection of alpine grasslands over beech forest by stoats (Mustela erminea) in montane southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31: 88-97. 

Wilson DJ, Efford MG, Brown SJ, Williamson JF, McElrea GJ 2007. Estimating density of ship rats in New Zealand forests by capture-mark-recapture trapping. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31: 47-59. 

Wilson DJ, Mulvey RL, Clark RD 2007. Sampling skinks and geckos in artificial cover objects in a dry mixed grassland-shrubland with mammalian predator control. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31: 169-185.

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • British Columbia
    PhD Population Ecology
    1999
  • Toronto
    MSc Plant Ecology
    1993
  • Waterloo
    BMath (Hons)
    1978

Publications

Publications

  • Wilson DJ, Innes JG, Fitzgerald NB, Bartlam S, Watts C, Smale MC 2018. Population dynamics of house mice without mammalian predators and competitors. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42(2): 192-203. http://doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.42.25 (Journal Article, 2018)
  • Wilson DJ, Lyver POB, Greene TC, Whitehead AL, Dugger KM, Karl BJ, Barringer JRF, McGarry R, Pollard AM, Ainley DG 2017. South polar skua breeding populations in the Ross Sea assessed from demonstrated relationship with Adélie Penguin numbers. Polar Biology 40(3): 577-592. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-016-1980-4 (Journal Article, 2017)
  • Wilson DJ, Mulvey RL, Clarke DA, Reardon JT 2017. Assessing and comparing population densities and indices of skinks under three predator management regimes. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 41(1): 84-97. http://doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.41.7 (Journal Article, 2017)
  • Forsyth DM, Wilson DJ, Easdale TA, Kunstler G, Canham CD, Ruscoe WA, Wright EF, Murphy L, Gormley AM, Gaxiola A, Coomes DA 2015. Century-scale effects of invasive deer and rodents on the dynamics of forests growing on soils of contrasting fertility. Ecological Monographs 85(2): 157-180. http://doi.org/10.1890/14-0389.1 (Journal Article, 2015)
  • Canham CD, Ruscoe WA, Wright EF, Wilson DJ 2014. Spatial and temporal variation in tree seed production and dispersal in a New Zealand temperate rainforest. Ecosphere 5(4): 49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00384.1 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Wilson DJ, Norbury G, Walker S 2014. How does woody succession affect population densities of passerine birds in New Zealand drylands? New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38(2): 257-267. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3122 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Walker S, Wilson DJ, Norbury G, Monks A, Tanentzap AJ 2014. Effects of secondary shrublands on bird, lizard and invertebrate faunas in a dryland landscape. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38(2): 242-256. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3123 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Walker S, Wilson DJ, Norbury G, Monks A, Tanentzap AJ 2014. Complementarity of indigenous flora in shrublands and grasslands in a New Zealand dryland landscape. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38(2): 230-241. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3124 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Schadewinkel RB, Senior AM, Wilson DJ, Jamieson IG 2014. Effects on South Island robins (Petroica australis) from pest control using aerially applied 1080 poison. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38(2): 315-321. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3126 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Pickerell GA, O'Donnell CFJ, Wilson DJ, Seddon PJ 2014. How can we detect introduced mammalian predators in non-forest habitats? A comparison of techniques. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 38(1): 86-102. http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje/3100 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Dupuch A, Morris DW, Ale SB, Wilson DJ, Moore DE 2014. Landscapes of fear or competition? Predation did not alter habitat choice by Arctic rodents. Oecologia 174(2): 403-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-013-2792-7 (Journal Article, 2014)
  • Krebs CJ, Bilodeau F, Reid D, Gauthier G, Kenney AJ, Gilbert S, Duchesne D, Wilson DJ 2012. Are lemming winter nest counts a good index of population density? Journal of mammalogy 93(1): 87-92. http://pinnacle.allenpress.com/doi/abs/10.1644/11-MAMM-A-137.1 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • MacKay J, Murphy EC, Anderson SH, Russell JC, Hauber ME, Wilson DJ, Clout MN 2011. A successful mouse eradication explained by site specific population data. In: Veitch CR, Clout MN, Towns DR ed. Proceedings: Island invasives: eradication and management, Gland, Switzerland. Pp. 198-203. http://www.iucn.org/dbtw-wpd/edocs/ssc-op-042.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2011)
  • Frank H, Wilson DJ 2011. Distribution, status and conservation measures for lizards in limestone areas of South Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 38(1): 15-28. (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Smith DHV, Moller H, Wilson DJ, Murphy EC 2010. Prey switching by stoats (Mustela erminea): a supplemental food experiment. Wildlife research 37(7): 604-611. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Wilson DJ, Lee WG 2010. Primary and secondary resource pulses in an alpine ecosystem : snow tussock grass (Chionochloa spp.) flowering and house mouse (Mus musculus) populations in New Zealand. Wildlife research 37: 89-103. (Journal Article, 2010)
  • Smith DHV, Wilson DJ, Moller H, Murphy EC, Pickerell G 2008. Stoat density, diet and survival compared between alpine grassland and beech forest habitats. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 32(2): 166-176. (Journal Article, 2008)
  • Smith DHV, Wilson DJ, Moller H, Murphy EC 2008. Using artificial nests to explore predation by introduced predators inhabiting alpine areas in New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 35: 119-128. (Journal Article, 2008)
  • Wilson DJ, Mulvey RL, Clark RD 2007. Sampling skinks and geckos in artificial cover objects in a dry mixed grassland-shrubland with mammalian predator control. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31(2): 169-185. (Journal Article, 2007)
  • Smith DHV, Wilson DJ, Moller H, Murphy EC 2007. Selection of alpine grasslands over beech forest by stoats (Mustela erminea) in montane southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31(1): 88-97. (Journal Article, 2007)
  • Wilson DJ, Efford MG, Brown SJ, Williamson JF, McElrea GJ 2007. Estimating density of ship rats in New Zealand forests by capture-mark-recapture trapping. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31(1): 47-59. (Journal Article, 2007)
  • Wilson DJ, Wright EF, Canham CD, Ruscoe WA 2007. Neighbourhood analyses of tree seed predation by introduced rodents in a New Zealand temperate rainforest. Ecography 30(1): 105-119. (Journal Article, 2007)
  • Wilson DJ, Ruscoe WA, Burrows LE, McElrea LM, Choquenot D 2006. An experimental study of the impacts of understorey forest vegetation and herbivory by red deer and rodents on seedling establishment and species composition in Waitutu Forest, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 30(2): 191-207. (Journal Article, 2006)
  • Wilson DJ, Grant AD, Parker N 2006. Diet of kakapo in breeding and non-breeding years on Codfish Island (Whenua Hou) and Stewart Island. Notornis 53(1): 80-89. (Journal Article, 2006)
  • Coomes DA, Allen RB, Bentley WA, Burrows LE, Canham CD, Fagan L, Forsyth DM, Gaxiola-Alcantar A, Parfitt RL, Ruscoe WA, Wardle DA, Wilson DJ, Wright EF 2005. The hare, the tortoise and the crocodile: the ecology of angiosperm dominance, conifer persistence and fern filtering. Journal of ecology 93(5): 918-935. (Journal Article, 2005)
  • Ruscoe WA, Wilson D, McElrea L, McElrea G, Richardson SJ 2004. A house mouse (Mus musculus) population eruption in response to rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) seedfall in southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 28(2): 259-265. (Journal Article, 2004)
  • Walker NA, Henry HAL, Wilson DJ, Jefferies RL 2003. The dynamics of nitrogen movement in an Arctic salt marsh in response to goose herbivory: a parameterized model with alternate stable states. Journal of ecology 91(4): 637-650. (Journal Article, 2003)
  • Wilson DJ, Bromley RG 2001. Functional and numerical responses of predators to cyclic lemming abundance: effects on loss of goose nests. Canadian journal of zoology 79(3): 525-532. (Journal Article, 2001)
  • Wilson DJ, Krebs CJ, Sinclair T 1999. Limitation of collared lemming populations during a population cycle. Oikos 87(2): 382-398. (Journal Article, 1999)

Memberships

Memberships

  • Associate Editor, New Zealand Journal of Ecology
  • Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Otago
  • Council Member, Society for Research on Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand (SRARNZ)
  • Trustee, Otago Natural History Trust

Skills

Skills

  • Ecology
  • Herbivory
  • Population ecology
  • Predation
  • Rodents and their impacts