Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Seabird ecology

Scientific findings and/or mātauranga (traditional knowledge) information will advance our understanding of processes that regulate seabird populations around New Zealand and in Antarctica.

Identifying and developing an understanding of the human, biological and physical factors that influence seabird populations and ecosystem processes will assist iwi and relevant Crown agencies to implement effective management of these resources and environments.

Research is needed to:

  • Determine the abundance of seabird populations
  • Identify what biological, physical and human factors influence and regulate seabird populations
  • Understand the mechanisms of how these factors regulate seabird populations
  • Determine the sustainability of seabird harvests
  • Determine the impact of climate change on seabird populations and ecosystems that support them
  • Support Māori aspirations to manage seabird populations and their island ecosystems


  • Towns DR, Bellingham PJ, Mulder CPH, Lyver PO 2012. A research strategy for biodiversity conservation on New Zealand’s offshore islands. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36(1): 1-20.
  • Moller H, Charleton K, Knight B, Lyver P 2009. Traditional ecological knowledge and scientific inference of prey availability: harvests of sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) chicks by Rakiura Maori. New Zealand journal of zoology 36(3): 259-274.
  • Moller H, Lyver PO, Bragg C, Newman J, Clucas R, Fletcher D, Kitson J, McKechnie S, Scott D, Rakiura Titi Island Administering Body 2009. Guidelines for cross-cultural Participatory Action Research partnerships: a case study of a customary seabird harvest in New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 36(3): 211-241.
  • Moller H, Fletcher D, Johnson PN, Bell BD, Flack D, Bragg C, Scott D, Newman J, McKechnie S, Lyver PO 2009. Changes in sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) abundance and harvesting on the Rakiura Titi Islands. New Zealand journal of zoology 36(3): 325-341.
  • Jones C, Bettany S, Moller H, Fletcher D, Lyver P, de Cruz J 2003. Burrow occupancy and productivity at coastal sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) breeding colonies, South Island, New Zealand: can mark-recapture be used to estimate burrowscope accuracy? Wildlife research 30(4): 377-388.
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