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Zoology

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Dr Caroline Beck (Zoology)

Appendage regeneration; Limb development; Amphibian development
Work: 64 3 479 4109
Email: caroline.beck@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Phil Bishop (Zoology)

Frog biology; Global decline of frog populations; Frog conservation and management; Co-leader of the Native Frog Recovery Group; Animal communication; Biodiversity; Amphibians
Work: 64 3 479 7990
Email: phil.bishop@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Gerry Closs (Zoology)

Freshwater ecology; Freshwater fish; Trout; Introduced species; Biosecurity - freshwater; Native fish; Fish migration; Freshwater fish conservation
Work: 64 3 479 7972 | Home: 64 3 476 4014 | Mobile: 64 21 0276 2783
Email: gerry.closs@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Alison Cree (Zoology)

Reproductive biology of animals; Reproduction and conservation of New Zealand reptiles; Tuatara (reproduction, nutrition, captive breeding, history of scientific study); Biology of Otago lizards (geckos, skinks)
Work: 64 3 479 7482
Email: alison.cree@otago.ac.nz

Professor Lloyd Davis (Centre for Science Communication, Zoology)

Penguins; Sexual selection and kin selection (birds and mammals); Langurs; Natural History Filmmaking; Science Communication
Work: 64 3 479 7654
Email: adelie@otago.ac.nz

Professor Ian Jamieson (Zoology)

Birds / threatened species: takahe, saddlebacks, robins; Conservation and management of threatened birds; effects of inbreeding and loss of genetic variation; translocation of threatened species to predator-free offshore islands and mainland-island / fenced sites.; Behavioural and evolutionary theory; Conservation (birds, weta)
Work: 64 3 479 7608
Email: ian.jamieson@otago.ac.nz

Professor Alison Mercer (Zoology)

Brain and behaviour in honey bees; Behaviour, sensory systems, learning and memory in invertebrates; Honey bees (olfactory pathways and olfactory signals); Invertebrate nervous systems
Work: 64 3 479 7961
Email: alison.mercer@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Michael Paulin (Zoology)

Brain mechanisms for perceiving and controlling movements; Shark electric sense; Legged locomotion in dogs and spiders;; Technology (algorithm) development for signal analysis and control with applications in sports technology, biomedicine and ecology
Work: 64 3 479 7985
Email: mike.paulin@otago.ac.nz

Dr Bruce Robertson (Zoology)

Wildlife management; Conservation of New Zealand native species; Conservation genetics of NZ birds and seals; Kakapo genetic management; The role of animal behaviour in conservation and wildlife management; Sex allocation in birds
Work: 64 3 479 4110
Email: bruce.robertson@otago.ac.nz

Dr Jennifer Rock (Centre for Science Communication, Zoology)

Aesthetics & paradigms in science; Climate change (ocean warming); Creative analogy & visual cognition in science communication; Integration of science & the arts: sci-art; Polar marine biology; Life history evolution; Thermal biology
Work: 64 3 479 5014
Email: jenny.rock@otago.ac.nz

Dr Lisa Russell (Zoology)

Marine botany and ecology ; Invasive seaweeds ; Taxonomy; Large undergraduate biology class teaching; First-year Biology
Work: 64 3 479 9618
Email: lisa.russell@otago.ac.nz

Dr Marc Schallenberg (Zoology)

Limnology (lakes) and wetland ecology; Impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems; Aquatic microbial ecology; Pollutants in aquatic ecosystems; Paleoecology of lakes and wetlands; Freshwater ecology; Limnology; Didymo; Aquatic pollution; Wetlands; Algae; Cyanobacteria; Climate change
Work: 64 3 479 7989
Email: marc.schallenberg@otago.ac.nz

Professor Phil Seddon (Zoology)

Ecotourism and management of tourism impacts on wildlife; Threatened species restorations and reintroductions; Penguins, particularly yellow-eyed penguins; Wildlife conservation and nature tourism in the Middle East; Wildlife habitat selection and resource use; Ecology, particularly the spatial ecology of introduced mammalian pests in New Zealand
Work: 64 3 479 7029
Email: philip.seddon@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Liz Slooten (Zoology)

Environmental effects of fishing, tourism and pollution; Marine mammals, especially Hector's dolphins and sperm whales; Conservation biology; Population modelling; Marine Conservation
Work: 64 3 479 7980
Email: liz.slooten@otago.ac.nz

Professor Hamish Spencer (Zoology)

Director, Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution; Population genetics; Eugenics (history); Molluscs (evolution of; native species); Evolution; Genomic Imprinting
Work: 64 3 479 7981
Email: hamish.spencer@otago.ac.nz

Professor Colin Townsend (Zoology)

Conservation biology; Ecology of communities in streams; Galaxiidae (native fish); General ecology; Impact of land-use practices on stream ecology; Introduced and native stream fish-interactions
Work: 64 3 479 7975
Email: colin.townsend@otago.ac.nz

Dr Yolanda van Heezik (Zoology)

Wildlife management; Urban ecology; Impact of cats; Conservation biology
Work: 64 3 479 4107
Email: yolanda.vanheezik@otago.ac.nz

Professor Graham Wallis (Zoology)

Evolution; Speciation; Hybridisation; Population genetics; Conservation genetics; Molecular systematics; Adaptation
Work: 64 3 479 7984 | Home: 64 3 476 1314
Email: g.wallis@otago.ac.nz

Professor Jon Waters (Zoology)

New Zealand natural history ; DNA evolution ; Conservation biology ; Biogeography ; Biodiversity ; Freshwater fish; Marine biology
Work: 64 3 479 5847
Email: jon.waters@otago.ac.nz

Professor David Wharton (Zoology)

Cryobiology; Desiccation survival; Survival of animals in extreme environments; Antarctic biology
Work: 64 3 479 7963 | Home: 64 3 454 4774
Email: david.wharton@otago.ac.nz

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