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Professor Henrik Moller

Senior Researcher, Professor
Tel: (+64) 3  479 9244;   Cell: (+64) 027 226 8688
Email:  henrik.moller@otago.ac.nz

Henrik Moller (160)Henrik promotes sound environmental management and policy formation in a way that is inclusive and invites lasting bottom-up solutions to land and natural resource challenges.  His research and outreach supports a diverse range of philosophies, values and stakeholders like business interests, farmers, cultures, communities, NGOs and government agencies.  He seeks partnerships between practitioners, Traditional and local Knowledge holders, citizen scientists and a wide range of “process professionals” like scientists, policy makers, regulators, industry facilitators. 
Coming from a 33-year foundation of ecological and wildlife management, Henrik has more recently taken up social and economic research tools to find an transdisciplinary and more holistic (systems level) approach to sustainability and resilience.  He will work part time at the Centre until retirement in October 2014, mainly serving as science leader of the New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard project.

Current & recent research projects

o Tirohia he Huarahi: Governance, planning, and management of mahinga kai by iwi/hapū
o Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai (Guarding the food gathering places)
o Designing a Marine Cultural Health Index for State of the Takiwā reporting by Ngāi Tahu
o Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability (ARGOS): Pathways to more sustainable agriculture
o New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard
o Evaluating Agricultural Intensification Trajectories in the Context of Climate Change

Significant Publications

1. McCarthy, A.; Hepburn, C.; Scott, N.; Schweikert, K.; Moller, H.  (In press). Local people see and care most? Severe depletion of inshore fisheries and its consequences for Māori communities in New Zealand. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.
2. Craig, J.L; Moller, H.; Norton, D.A.; Williams, M.; Saunders, D. Enhancing our Heritage: Conservation for 21st Century New Zealanders: Ways forward from the Tahi Group of Concerned Scientists. Pacific Conservation Biology. (In press).
3. Fletcher D.J., Moller H., Clucas, R., Bragg C., Scott, D., Scofield P., Hunter C., Soehle I., Newman J., Mckechnie S., de Cruz J., and Lyver P. O’B.  Age at first return to the breeding colony, juvenile survival rate and transience of sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus).  Condor (In press)
4. Rosin, C., Manhire, J., Moller, H., Saunders, C., McCusker, K., Saunders, J., Reynolds, D., Busfield, W., Chanut, P. and Moller, S.  (2013). Evaluating Intensification Trajectories in the Context of Climate Change: a review of international literature and relevance to the New Zealand pastoral sector.  ARGOS Report 13/04.
5. Schweikert, K., McCarthy, A.,  Akins, A.,  Scott, N., Moller, H., Hepburn, C. and Landesberger, F. (2012). A Marine Cultural Health Index for sustainable management of mahinga kai in Aotearoa - New Zealand.  He Kōhinga Rangahau. University of Otago, Dunedin. 
6. MacLeod, C.; Blackwell, G.; Weller, F.; Moller, H.  Designing a bird monitoring scheme for New Zealand’s agricultural sectors. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36: 312-323. (2012)
7. Meadows, S.; Moller, H.; Weller, F. Reduction of bias when estimating bird abundance within small habitat fragments. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 36: 408-415. (2012)
8. Fukuda, Y.; Moller, H.; Burns B. Effects of organic farming, fencing and vegetation origin on spiders and beetles within shelterbelts on dairy farms.  New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 54: 155-176. (2011)
9. Blackwell, G; Lucock, D.; Moller, H.; Hill, R.; Manhire, J.; Emanuelsson, E.  Abundance and diversity of herbaceous weeds in sheep/beef pastures, South Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 54: 53-69. (2011)
10. Moller, H.; Lyver, P.O’B.  Traditional ecological knowledge for improved sustainability: customary wildlife harvests by Māori in New Zealand. Pp. 219-234 in: Walker Painemilla, K., Rylands, A B., Woofter, A., & Hughes, C. (eds.) Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: From Rights to Resource Management. Conservation International. 326 pp + x. (2010).
11. Lyver, P.O’B.; Moller, H.; An alternative reality: Māori Spiritual guardianship of New Zealand’s native birds.  Pp 241 – 264 In: Sonia Tidemann and Andrew Gosler (Eds.). Ethno-ornithology Birds, Indigenous peoples, Culture and Society. Earthscan, London. 346 + xxii.  (2010)
12. Campbell, H.; Rosin, C.; Norton, S.; Carey, P.; Benge, J.; Moller, H.  Examining the Mythologies of Organics: Moving beyond the Organic/Conventional Binary? Pp 238-251 in: Lawrence, G., Lyons, K. and Wallington, T. (eds.) Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability. Earthscan: London. 295 pp. (2009)
13. Smith D.H.V., Moller H., Wilson D.J., Murphy E.C. Prey switching by stoats (Mustela erminea): a supplemental food experiment.  Wildlife Research 37: 604-611. (2010)
14. McKechnie, S.; Fletcher, D.J.; Newman, J.; Scott, D.; Bragg, C.; Moller, H.   Modelling the intensity of harvesting of Sooty Shearwater chicks by Rakiura Māori in New Zealand.  Journal of Wildlife Management. 74:828–842 (2010)
15. McKechnie, S.; Bragg, C.; Newman, J.; Scott, D.; Fletcher, D.; Moller, H. Assessing the monitoring of sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) abundance in southern New Zealand.  Wildlife Research 36, 541–552 (2010)
16. Darnhofer, I.; Fairweather, J.; Moller, H.   Assessing a farm’s sustainability: Insights from resilience thinking.  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 8: 186–198. (2010)
17. Charleton, K.; Bragg, C.; Knight, B.; Fletcher, D.; Moller, H.; Newman, J.; Scott, D. Spatial variation in burrow density of Sooty Sheawater Puffinus griseus. Notornis 56:1 -10. (2009)
18. Shaffer, S.A.; Weimerskirch, H.; Scott, D.; Pinaud, D.; Thompson, D.R.; Sagar, P.M.; Moller, H.; Taylor, G.A.; Foley, D.G.; Tremblay, Y.; Costa, D.P.  Spatio-temporal habitat use of breeding Sooty Shearwaters (Pufinus griseus).  Marine Ecology Progress Series 391: 209–220 (2009)
19. Moller, H. Matauranga Maori, science & seabirds in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 203-210. (2009)
20. Moller, H.; Lyver, P.O’B.; Bragg, C.; Newman, J.; Clucas, R.; Fletcher, D.; Kitson, J.; McKechnie, S.; Scott, D.  Rakiura Tītī Islands Administering Body.  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: 211-241. (2009)
21. Moller, H.; Kitson, J.C.; Downs, T.  Knowing by doing: learning for sustainable muttonbird harvesting.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 243-258. (2009)
22. Moller, H.; Charleton, K.; Knight, B.; Lyver, P.O’B. Traditional Ecological Knowledge and scientific inference of prey availability: harvests of Sooty Shearwater chicks by Rakiura Māori. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 259-274. (2009)
23. Bragg, C.; McKechnie, S.; Newman, J.; Fletcher D.; Moller, H.; Scott, D.  Variation in abundance and harvest of sooty shearwaters by Rakiura Maori on Putauhinu Island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 275-289. (2009)
24. Scott D., Moller H., Fletcher D., Newman, J., Aryal J., Bragg C., Charleton, K.  Predictive habitat modelling to estimate petrel breeding colony sizes: Sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) and mottled petrels (Pterodroma inexpectata) on Whenua Hou Island.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 291-306. (2009)
25. Newman, J.; Scott, D.; Bragg, C.; McKechnie, S.; Moller, H.; Fletcher, D.   Estimating regional population size and annual harvest intensity of the sooty shearwater in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 307-323. (2009)
26. Moller, H.; Fletcher, D.; Johnson, P.N.; Bell, B.; Flack, D.; Bragg, C.; Scott, D.; Newman, J.;  Mckechnie, S.;  Lyver, P.O’B.   Changes in sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) abundance and harvesting on the Rakiura Tītī Islands.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 325-341. (2009)
27. Rutherford, M.; Harper, G.; Moller, H. Denning behaviour of ship rats (Rattus rattus) on Taukihepa, a seabird breeding island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 343-353. (2009)
28. Adams, J.; Scott, D.; McKechnie, S.; Blackwell, G.; Shaffer, S.; Moller, H.  Effects of geolocation archival tags on reproduction and adult body-mass of Sooty Shearwaters (Puffinus griseus).  New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 355-366. (2009)
29. Newman, J.; Fletcher, D.; Moller, H.; Harper, G.; Bragg, C.; Scott, D.; McKechnie, S. Newman J, Fletcher D, Moller H, Bragg C, Scott D, McKechnie S 2009. Estimates of productivity and detection probabilities of breeding attempts in the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus), a burrow-nesting petrel. Wildlife Research 36: 159–168.  (2009)
30. Knight, B.; Moller, H., Bradley, S.; Davies, M.  Austral seabirds: opportunities and challenges for future research and conservation. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 142: 1-8. (2008)
31. Kitson, J.K. and Moller, H.  Looking after your ground: resource management practice by Rakiura Māori tītī harvesters. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 142: 161–176. (2008)
32. Newman, J., Scott, D., Fletcher, D., Moller, H., McKechnie, S.  A population and harvest intensity estimate for Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) on Taukihepa (Big South Cape), New Zealand. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 142: 177–184. (2008)
33. Smith D.H.V., Wilson D.J., Moller H., Murphy E.C., Pickerell G. Stoat density, diet and survival compared between alpine grassland and beech forest habitats.  New Zealand Journal of Ecology: 32: 166-176. (2008)
34. MacLeod, C.J., Blackwell, G., Moller, H., Innes, J., Powlesland, R. The forgotten 60%: bird ecology and management in New Zealand’s agricultural landscape.  New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 32: 240-255 (2008)
35. Clucas, R.; Fletcher, D.J.; Moller, H.  Estimates of adult survival rate for three sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) colonies in New Zealand.  Emu 108: 237-250. (2008)
36. Moller, H.; MacLeod, C.J; Haggerty, J., Rosin, C., Blackwell, G., Perley, C.; Meadows, S.; Weller, F.; Gradwol, M.   Intensification of New Zealand agriculture: implications for biodiversity.  New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research  51: 253–263 (2008).
37. McKechnie, S., Moller, H., Bragg, C., Newman, J., Scott D.S., Cruz, J.B.    Recovery of a Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) breeding area after artificial disturbance. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 32: 34-40. (2008)
38. Smith, D.H.V., Wilson, D.J., Moller, H., Murphy, E.C. Using artificial nests to explore predation by introduced predators inhabiting alpine areas in New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology.  35: 119-128. (2008)
39. Söhle, I. S.; Robertson, C.J.R.; Nicholls, D.G.; Mouritson, H.; Frost, B.; Moller, H. Satellite tracking of sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) during their pre-laying “exodus” and incubation.  Notornis 54: 180-188 (2007)
40. McKechnie, S., Fletcher, D., Moller, H., Scott, D., Newman, J., Bragg, C. Estimating and correcting for bias in population assessments of sooty shearwaters.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 1325- 1335. (2007)
41. Smith, D.H.V., Wilson, D.J., Moller, H., Murphy, E.C., Van Heezik, Y. Selection of alpine grasslands by stoats (Mustela erminea) inhabiting montane areas in southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31:88-97. (2007)
42. Shaffer, S.A.; Tremblay, Y.; Weimerskirch, H.; Scott, D.; Thompson, D.; Sagar, P.; Moller, H.; Taylor, G.A.; Block, B.A. Costa, D.P.  Migratory shearwaters integrate oceanic resources across the Pacific Ocean in an endless summer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103: 12799-12802. (2006)
43. MacLeod, C.; Moller, H.  Intensification and diversification of New Zealand agriculture since 1960: an evaluation of current indicators of sustainable land use.  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 115: 201- 218. (2006)