Associate Professor Alison Cree

Email alison.cree@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7482

Associate Professor Alison Cree

Teaching

Research Interests

Viviparous common gecko (Hoplodactylus maculatus)

Potential Postgraduate Projects

Current Postgraduate Students

Recent Research students

Field work at Macraes Flat

Other Links

Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry

Society for Research on Amphibian and Reptiles in New Zealand

Science Learning Hub

Keywords

reproduction, ecophysiology, herpetology, conservation

Publications

Journal articles  

Besson, A. A. and Cree, A. 2010. A cold-adapted reptile becomes a more effective thermoregulator in a thermally challenging environment. Oecologia: in press.  DOI 10.1007/s00442-010-1571-y  

Cree, A. and Hare, K. M. 2010. Equal thermal opportunity does not result in equal gestation length in a cool-climate skink and gecko. Herpetological Conservation and Biology: in press.  

Hare, K. M. and Cree, A. 2010. Incidence, causes and consequences of pregnancy failure in viviparous lizards: implications for research and conservation settings. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 22: 761-770.  

Hare, K. M., Hare, J. R. and Cree, A. 2010. Parasites, but not palpation, are associated with pregnancy failure in a captive viviparous lizard. Herpetological Conservation and Biology: in press.  

Lettink, M., Norbury, G., Cree, A., Seddon, P. J., Duncan, R. P. and Schwarz, C. J. 2010. Removal of predators, but not artificial refuge supplementation, increases skink survival in coastal duneland. Biological Conservation 143: 72-77.  

Besson, A. A., Thierry, A., Boros, E., Allen, K., Bradley, S., Norrie, C. and Cree, A. 2009. Evidence of food chemical discrimination in tuatara (O. Rhynchocephalia): comparison with a gekkotan lizard (O. Squamata). Journal of Herpetology 43: 124-131.  

Germano, J. M., Molinia, F. C., Bishop, P. J. and Cree, A. 2009. Urinary hormone analysis assists reproductive monitoring and sex identification of bell frogs (Litoria raniformis). Theriogenology 72: 663-671.  

Hare, J. R., Holmes, K. M., Wilson, J. L. and Cree, A. 2009. Modelling exposure to selected temperature during pregnancy: the limitations of squamate viviparity in a cool-climate environment. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96: 541-552.  

Thierry, A., Lettink, M., Besson, A. A. and Cree, A. 2009. Thermal properties of artificial refuges and their implications for retreat-site selection in lizards. Applied Herpetology 6: 307-326.  

Connolly, J. D. and Cree, A. 2008. Risks of a late start to captive management for conservation: phenotypic differences between wild and captive individuals of a viviparous endangered skink (Oligosoma otagense). Biological Conservation 141: 1283-1292.  

Preest, M. R. and Cree, A. 2008. Corticosterone treatment has subtle effects on thermoregulatory behavior and raises metabolic rate in the New Zealand common gecko, Hoplodactylus maculatus. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81: 641-650.  

Rock, J. and Cree, A. 2008. Extreme variation in body temperature in a nocturnal thigmothermic lizard. Herpetological Journal 18: 69-76.  

Ellenberg, U., Setiawan, A. N., Cree, A., Houston, D. M. and Seddon, P. J. 2007. Elevated hormonal stress response and reduced reproductive output in yellow-eyed penguins exposed to unregulated tourism. General and Comparative Endocrinology 152: 54-63.  

Hare, J. R., Whitworth, E. and Cree, A. 2007. Correct orientation of a hand-held infrared thermometer is important for accurate measurement of body temperatures in small lizards and tuatara. Herpetological Review 38: 311-315.  

Lettink, M. and Cree, A. 2007. Relative use of three types of artificial retreats by terrestrial lizards in grazed coastal shrubland, New Zealand. Applied Herpetology 4: 227-243.  

Towns, D. R., Parrish, G. R., Tyrrell, C. L., Ussher, G. T., Cree, A., Newman, D. G., Whitaker, A. H. and Westbrooke, I. 2007. Responses of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) to removal of introduced Pacific rats from islands. Conservation Biology 21: 1021-1031.  

Holmes, K. M. and Cree, A. 2006. Annual reproduction in females of a viviparous skink (Oligosoma maccanni) in a subalpine environment. Journal of Herpetology 40: 141-151.  

Lettink, M. and Cree, A. 2006. Predation, by the feral house mouse (Mus musculus), of McCann’s skinks (Oligosoma maccanni) constrained in pitfall traps. Herpetofauna 36: 61-62.  

Mitchell, N. J., Nelson, N. J., Cree, A., Pledger, S., Keall, S. N. and Daugherty, C. H. 2006. Support for a rare pattern of temperature-dependent sex determination in archaic reptiles: evidence from two species of tuatara (Sphenodon). Frontiers in Zoology 3: 9 pages.  DOI 10.1186/1742-9994-3-9  

Hare, K. M. and Cree, A. 2005. Natural history of Hoplodactylus stephensi (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) on Stephens Island, Cook Strait, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 29: 137-142.  

Preest, M. R., Cree, A. and Tyrrell, C. L. 2005. ACTH-induced stress response during pregnancy in a viviparous gecko: no observed effect on offspring quality. Journal of Experimental Zoology 303A: 823-835.  

Cree, A., Tyrrell, C. L., Preest, M. R., Thorburn, D. and Guillette, L. J., Jr. 2003. Protecting embryos from stress: corticosterone effects and the corticosterone response to capture and confinement during pregnancy in a live-bearing lizard (Hoplodactylus maculatus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 134: 316-329.  

Hay, J. M., Daugherty, C. H., Cree, A. and Maxson, L. R. 2003. Low genetic divergence obscures phylogeny among populations of Sphenodon, remnant of an ancient reptile lineage. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 29: 1-19.  

Rock, J. and Cree, A. 2003. Intraspecific variation in the effect of temperature on pregnancy in the viviparous gecko Hoplodactylus maculatus. Herpetologica 59: 8-22.  

Wilson, J. L. and Cree, A. 2003. Extended gestation with late-autumn births in a cool-climate, viviparous gecko from southern New Zealand (Reptilia: Naultinus gemmeus). Austral Ecology 28: 339-348.  

Hare, K. M., Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 2002. Incubation regime affects juvenile morphology and hatching success, but not sex, of the oviparous lizard Oligosoma suteri (Lacertilia: Scincidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 29: 221-229.  

Rock, J., Cree, A. and Andrews, R. M. 2002. The effect of reproductive condition on thermoregulation in a viviparous gecko from a cool climate. Journal of Thermal Biology 27: 17-27.  

Eason, D., Millar, C. D., Cree, A., Halverson, J. and Lambert, D. M. 2001. A comparison of five methods for assignment of sex in the takahe (Aves: Porphyrio mantelli). Journal of Zoology, London 253: 281-292.  

Towns, D. R., Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 2001. Raising the prospects for a forgotten fauna: a review of ten years of conservation effort for New Zealand reptiles. Biological Conservation 99: 3-16.  

Blair, T. A., Cree, A., Skeaff, C. M. and Grimmond, N. M. 2000. Physiological effects of a fish oil supplement on captive juvenile tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 73: 177-191.  

Blair, T. A., Cree, A. and Skeaff, C. M. 2000. Plasma fatty acids, triacylglycerol and cholesterol of the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus punctatus) from islands differing in the presence of rats and the abundance of seabirds. Journal of Zoology, London 252: 463-472.  

Cree, A., Amey, A. P. and Whittier, J. M. 2000. Lack of consistent hormonal responses to capture during the breeding season of the bearded dragon, Pogona barbata. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 126: 275-285.  

Girling, J. E., Guillette, L. J., Jr. and Cree, A. 2000. Ultrastructure of the uterus in an ovariectomised gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) after administration of exogenous estradiol. Journal of Experimental Zoology 286: 76-89.  

Rock, J., Andrews, R. M. and Cree, A. 2000. Effects of reproductive condition, season and site on selected temperatures of a viviparous gecko. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 73: 344-355.  

Cree, A., Lyon, G. L., Cartland-Shaw, L. and Tyrrell, C. 1999. Stable carbon isotope ratios as indicators of marine versus terrestrial inputs to the diets of wild and captive tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 26: 243-253.  

Cartland-Shaw, L. K., Cree, A., Skeaff, C. M. and Grimmond, N. M. 1998. Differences in dietary and plasma fatty acids between wild and captive populations of a rare reptile, the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Journal of Comparative Physiology B 168: 569-580.  

Girling, J. E., Cree, A. and Guillette, L. J., Jr. 1998. Oviducal structure in four species of gekkonid lizard differing in parity mode and eggshell structure. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 10: 139-154.  

Tyrrell, C. L. and Cree, A. 1998. Relationships between corticosterone concentration and season, time of day and confinement in a wild reptile (tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 110: 97-108.  

Coddington, E. J. and Cree, A. 1997. Population numbers, response to weather, movements and management of the threatened New Zealand skinks Oligosoma grande and O. otagense in tussock grassland. Pacific Conservation Biology 3: 379-391.  

Girling, J. E., Cree, A. and Guillette, L. J., Jr. 1997. Oviductal structure in a viviparous New Zealand gecko, Hoplodactylus maculatus. Journal of Morphology 234: 51-68.  

Guillette, L. J., Jr. and Cree, A. 1997. Morphological changes in the corpus luteum of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) during gravidity. Journal of Morphology 232: 79-91.  

Cree, A., Guillette, L. J., Jr. and Reader, K. 1996. Eggshell formation during prolonged gravidity of the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus. Journal of Morphology 230: 129-144.  

Coddington, E. J. and Cree, A. 1995. Effect of acute captivity stress on plasma concentrations of corticosterone and sex steroids in female whistling frogs, Litoria ewingi. General and Comparative Endocrinology 100: 33-38.  

Cree, A. and Guillette, L. J., Jr. 1995. Biennial reproduction with a fourteen-month pregnancy in the gecko Hoplodactylus maculatus from southern New Zealand. Journal of Herpetology 29: 163-173.  

Cree, A., Fraser, J. R., Cartland-Shaw, L. and Lyon, G. L. 1995. Contribution of seabirds to the diet of wild tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 22: 403.  

Cree, A., Daugherty, C. H. and Hay, J. M. 1995. Reproduction of a rare New Zealand reptile, the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus, on rat-free and rat-inhabited islands. Conservation Biology 9: 373-383.  

Cree, A., Thompson, M. B. and Daugherty, C. H. 1995. Tuatara sex determination. Nature 375: 543.  

Girling, J. E. and Cree, A. 1995. Plasma corticosterone levels are not significantly related to reproductive stage in female common geckos (Hoplodactylus maculatus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 100: 273-281.  

Brown, M. A., Cree, A., Daugherty, C. H., Dawkins, B. P. and Chambers, G. K. 1994. Plasma concentrations of vitellogenin and sex steroids in female tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus punctatus) from northern New Zealand. General and Comparative Endocrinology 95: 201-212.  

Cartland, L. K., Cree, A., Sutherland, W. H. F., Grimmond, N. M. and Skeaff, C. M. 1994. Plasma concentrations of total cholesterol and triacylglycerol in wild and captive juvenile tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 21: 399-406.  

Cree, A. 1994. Low annual reproductive output in female reptiles from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 21: 351-372.  

Tyrrell, C. and Cree, A. 1994. Plasma corticosterone concentrations in wild and captive juvenile tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 21: 407-416.  

Cree, A., Cockrem, J. F. and Guillette, L. J., Jr. 1992. Reproductive cycles of male and female tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) on Stephens Island, New Zealand. Journal of Zoology, London 226: 199-217.  

Thompson, M. B., Daugherty, C. H., Cree, A., French, D. C., Gillingham, J. C. and Barwick, R. E. 1992. Status and longevity of the tuatara, Sphenodon guntheri, and Duvaucel's gecko, Hoplodactylus duvaucelii, on North Brother Island, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 22: 123-130.  

Brown, M. A., Cree, A., Chambers, G. K., Newton, J. D. and Cockrem, J. F. 1991. Variation in plasma constituents during the natural vitellogenic cycle of tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 100B: 705-710.  

Cree, A. and Guillette Jr, L. J. 1991. Effect of b-adrenergic stimulation on uterine contractions induced by arginine vasotocin and prostaglandin F2a  in the gecko Hoplodactylus maculatus. Biology of Reproduction 44: 499-510.  

Cree, A., Guillette, L. J., Jr. and Cockrem, J. F. 1991. Identification of female tuatara in ovulatory condition using plasma sex steroid concentrations. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 18: 421-426.  

Cree, A., Cockrem, J. F., Brown, M. A., Watson, P. R., Guillette, L. J., Jr., Newman, D. G. and Chambers, G. K. 1991. Laparoscopy, radiography and blood analyses as techniques for identifying the reproductive condition of female tuatara. Herpetologica 47: 238-249.  

Cree, A., Daugherty, C. H., Schafer, S. F. and Brown, D. 1991. Nesting and clutch size of tuatara (Sphenodon guntheri) on North Brother Island, Cook Strait. Tuatara 31: 9-16.  

Cree, A., Guillette, L. J., Jr., Brown, M. A., Chambers, G. K., Cockrem, J. F. and Newton, J. D. 1991. Slow estradiol-induced vitellogenesis in the tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus. Physiological Zoology 64: 1234-1251.  

Guillette, L. J., Jr., Propper, C. R., Cree, A. and Dores, R. M. 1991. Endocrinology of oviposition in the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus): II.  Plasma AVT concentrations during natural nesting. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 100A: 819-822.  

Guillette, L. J., Jr., Dubois, D. H. and Cree, A. 1991. Prostaglandins, oviducal function and parturient behavior in nonmammalian vertebrates. American Journal of Physiology 260: R854-861.  

Cree, A., Guillette, L. J., Jr., Cockrem, J. F., Brown, M. A. and Chambers, G. K. 1990. Absence of circadian cycles in plasma concentrations of sex steroids in male and female tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus), and the effects of acute capture stress on females. General and Comparative Endocrinology 79: 103-113.  

Cree, A., Guillette, L. J., Jr., Cockrem, J. F. and Joss, J. M. P. 1990. Effects of capture and temperature stresses on plasma steroid concentrations in male tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Journal of Experimental Zoology 253: 38-46.  

Daugherty, C. H., Cree, A., Hay, J. M. and Thompson, M. B. 1990. Neglected taxonomy and continuing extinctions of tuatara (Sphenodon). Nature 347: 177-179.  

Guillette, L. J., Jr., Cree, A. and Gross, T. S. 1990. Endocrinology of oviposition in the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus):  I.  Plasma steroids and prostaglandins during natural nesting. Biology of Reproduction 43: 285-289.  

Brown, M. A., Cree, A., Chambers, G. K. and Newton, J. D. 1989. Techniques for detecting vitellogenesis in the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 16: 25-35.  

Cree, A. 1989. Relationship between environmental conditions and nocturnal activity of the terrestrial frog Leiopelma archeyi. Journal of Herpetology 23: 61-68.  

Cree, A. 1988. Effects of arginine vasotocin on water balance of three leiopelmatid frogs. General and Comparative Endocrinology 72: 340-350.  

Cree, A. 1988. Water balance responses of the hylid frog Litoria aurea. Journal of Experimental Zoology 247: 119-125.  

Cree, A. 1985. Water balance and nitrogen excretion of two introduced frogs (Litoria raniformis and L. ewingi). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 12: 341-348.  

Cree, A. 1984. Breeding biology, respiration, and larval development of two introduced frogs (Litoria raniformis and L. ewingi). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 11: 179 - 188.

   

Book chapters  

Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 2009. Tuatara. In Frankham, J., ed. The best of New Zealand Geographic: exploring our land and culture. Kowhai Publishing, Auckland. pp. 72-73 (reprinted excerpt from article by Daugherty and Cree 1990 in New Zealand Geographic).  

Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 2008. A survivor from the dinosaur age. In Priestley, R., ed. The Awa Book of New Zealand Science. Awa Press, Wellington. pp. 291-301 (reprinted excerpt from Daugherty and Cree 1990 New Zealand Geographic).  

Nelson, N. J., Cree, A., Thompson, M. B., Keall, S. N. and Daugherty, C. H. 2004. Temperature-dependent sex determination in tuatara. In Valuenzuela, N. and Lance, V., ed. Temperature-dependent sex determination. Smithsonian Books, Washington. pp. 53-58.  

Allen, R., Cree, A., Darby, J., Davis, L., Patrick, B. and Spencer, H. 2003. Forests and shrublands. In Darby, J., Fordyce, R. E., Mark, A., Probert, K. and Townsend, C., ed. The natural history of southern New Zealand. University of Otago Press, Dunedin. pp. 153-190.  

Mark, A., Lee, W., Patrick, B., Cree, A., Darby, J. and Spencer, H. 2003. Tussock grasslands and associated mountain lands. In Darby, J., Fordyce, R. E., Mark, A., Probert, K. and Townsend, C., ed. The natural history of southern New Zealand. University of Otago Press, Dunedin. pp. 191-235.  

Cree, A. 2002. Tuatara. In Halliday, T. and Adler, K., ed. The new encyclopedia of reptiles and amphibians. Oxford University Press, Oxford. pp. 210-211.  

Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 1995. Tuatara. In Warne, K., ed. New Zealand Geographic. David Bateman, Auckland. pp. 134-141 (abridged reprint of article by Daugherty and Cree 1990 in New Zealand Geographic).  

Guillette, L. J., Jr., Cree, A. and Rooney, A. A. 1995. Biology of stress: interactions with reproduction, immunology and intermediary metabolism. In Warwick, C., Frye, F. L. and Murphy, J. B., ed. Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles. Chapman and Hall, London. pp. 32-81.  

Cree, A., Daugherty, C. H., Towns, D. R. and Blanchard, B. 1994. The contribution of captive management to the conservation of tuatara (Sphenodon) in New Zealand. In Murphy, J. B., Adler, K. and Collins, J. T., ed. Captive management and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York. pp. 377-385.  

Daugherty, C. H., Towns, D. R., Cree, A. and Hay, J. M. 1992. The roles of legal protection versus intervention in conserving the New Zealand tuatara, Sphenodon  In Willison, J. H. M., Bondrup-Nielsen, S., Drysdale, C., Herman, T. B., Munro, N. W. P. and Pollock, T. L., ed. Science and Management of Protected Areas. Elsevier, Amsterdam. pp. 247-259.  

Cree, A. 1985. Water balance of New Zealand's native frogs (Anura, Leiopelmatidae). In Grigg, G., Shine, R. and Ehmann, H., ed. Biology of Australasian Frogs and Reptiles. Surrey Beatty, Chipping Norton, New South Wales. pp. 361-371.    

Conference proceedings  

Besson, A. and Cree, A. 2007. Preferred temperatures, activity responses and tolerance of cool temperature: a comparison between two sympatric lizards from southern New Zealand (Hoplodactylus maculatus and Oligosoma maccanni). 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 34: 261 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Connolly, J., Hare, J., Holmes, K. M., Johnson, G. and Yeong, C. 2007. Reproductive studies on a non-threatened lizard (McCann’s skink, Oligosoma maccanni): implications for the endangered skinks O. grande and O. otagense from southern New Zealand. 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 34: 262.  

Lettink, M., Norbury, G., Seddon, P. J. and Cree, A. 2007. Effects of habitat and predator manipulation on apparent survival in a terrestrial New Zealand lizard. 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  34: 266-267 (abstract).  

Thierry, A., Cree, A. and Lettink, M. 2007. Influence of thermal and structural characteristics on use of artificial retreats (ARs) by common geckos (Hoplodactylus maculatus) and McCann’s skinks (Oligosoma maccanni). 12th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 34: 271. (abstract).  

Cree, A. 2005. Discovered by science: an analysis of the first 200 years of research on tuatara (Sphenodon). Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Springbrook National Park, South-East Queensland, Australia.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 32: 221 (abstract).  

Lettink, M., Cree, A. and Seddon, P. J. 2005. Pitfall traps versus artificial cover objects: a comparison of methods and preferences in a mark-recapture study of New Zealand lizards. Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Springbrook National Park, South-East Queensland, Australia.  32: 225-226 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Rock, J. and Stokes, G. 2003. Sexual differentiation during embryonic and juvenile development in viviparous geckos (Hoplodactylus spp.). Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Whakatane, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 31: 102 (abstract).  

Holmes, K. M. and Cree, A. 2003. Accuracy of palpation in determining reproductive characteristics of McCann’s skink (Oligosoma maccanni). Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Whakatane, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 31: 104 (abstract).  

Sheehan, H., Rock, J., Girling, J. and Cree, A. 2003. Remarkable delay in maturity and great longevity in a sub-alpine population of common geckos (Hoplodactylus maculatus). Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Whakatane, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 31: 109 (abstract).  

Cree, A. and Tyrrell, C. L. 2001. Patterns of corticosterone secretion in tuatara (Sphenodon): comparisons with other reptiles, and applications in conservation management. Perspective in Comparative Endocrinology: Unity and Diversity (14th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology, Sorrento, Italy, May 26-30, 2001). Bologna.  Goos, H. J. T., Rastogi, R. K., Vaudry, H. and Pierantoni, R., ed. Monduzzi Editore. 433-441.  

Blair, T. A., Cree, A. and Skeaff, C. M. 1999. Plasma fatty acid composition and lipid concentrations in tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus punctatus) from a rat-free and a rat-inhabited island. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 26: 256 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Rock, J. and Whitaker, T. 1999. Report on the SRARNZ research trip in 1997 to study geckos of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, Marlborough, New Zealand. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 26: 256 (abstract).  

Tyrrell, C. and Cree, A. 1999. Hormonal response to short-term confinement stress in northern tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus punctatus) on rodent-free and rodent-inhabited islands. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 26: 261 (abstract).  

Wilson, J. and Cree, A. 1999. The relationship between gestation length and body temperature in Otago lizard species. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 26: 262 (abstract).  

Cree, A. 1998. Research on reptiles in and near the Taieri Catchment. Ecology Research Group Occasional Paper No. 1. 15-16.  

Cree, A., Blair, T., Cartland-Shaw, L., Grimmond, N. M., Skeaff, C. M. and Tyrrell, C. 1996. Lipid metabolism and steroid hormone cycles in a rare New Zealand reptile (tuatara, Sphenodon): implications for captive breeding. Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Asia and Oceania Society for Comparative Endocrinology. Sydney, Macquarie University.  Joss, J., ed.: 101-103.  

Brown, M. A., Cree, A., Chambers, G. K., Newton, J. D. and Cockrem, J. F. 1991. Monitoring of plasma constituents during the natural vitellogenic cycle of tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Whitianga, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 18: 343 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Hay, J. M., Daugherty, C. H. and Keall, S. N. 1991. Effects of constant and variable incubation temperatures on growth of tuatara (Sphenodon guntheri) embryos. Proceedings of the Physiological Society of New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand.  Sinclair, J. D., ed. 11: 59 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Hay, J. M. and Daugherty, C. H. 1991. Rescue operations for tuatara on Stanley, Red Mercury, and Cuvier Islands. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Whitianga, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 18: 344 (abstract).  

Hay, J. M., Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 1991. Taxonomic triangles in tuatara (Sphenodon spp.). Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Whitianga, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 18: 345 (abstract).  

Cree, A. and Daugherty, C. H. 1990. Captive breeding of the New Zealand tuatara: past results and future directions. Proceedings of the Fifth World Conference on Breeding Endangered Species in Captivity. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dresser, B. L., Reece, R. W. and Maruska, E. J., ed. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 477-491.  

Cree, A., Thompson, M. B., Guillette, L. J., Jr., Hay, J. M. and McIntyre, M. E. 1989. Embryonic development of tuatara in forested and open habitats on Stephens Island, New Zealand. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Middlemarch, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 16: 270 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Cockrem, J. F., Guillette, L. J., Jr and Watson, P. R. 1989. Identifying the reproductive condition of female tuatara. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Middlemarch, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 16: 269-270 (abstract).  

Cree, A., Daugherty, C. H. and Towns, D. R. 1989. Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. Middlemarch, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 16: 270 (abstract).  

Cree, A. and Guillette, L. J., Jr. 1988. Effects of arginine vasotocin and prostaglandin F2α on oviposition or parturition in two New Zealand reptiles: the tuatara and the common gecko. Proceedings of the Endocrine Society of Australia. S11 (abstract).  

Cree, A. 1985. Habitat water requirements of native frogs (Leiopelma archeyi and L. hochstetteri) in the Coromandel Peninsula. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society. Nelson, New Zealand.  New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 8: 151 (abstract).    

Reports  

Lettink, M., Cree, A., Norbury, G. and Seddon, P. J. 2008. Monitoring and restoration options for lizards on Kaitorete Spit, Canterbury. Department of Conservation Research and Development Series.Wellington. 44 pp.  

Tyrrell, C. L., Cree, A. and Towns, D. R. 2000. Variation in reproduction and condition of northern tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus punctatus) in the presence and absence of kiore. Science for Conservation. 42 pp.  

Christmas, E., Coddington, E. and Cree, A. 1996. A database for toe-clipped tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) on Stephens Island (Takapourewa). University of Otago Wildlife Management Report No. 77. 126 pp.  

Cree, A. and Butler, D. 1993. Tuatara recovery plan (Sphenodon spp.). Threatened Species Recovery Plan No. 9. New Zealand Department of Conservation, Wellington. 71 pp.

   

Magazine articles  

Cree, A. 1992. Reproducing in the cold. Australian Natural History 23: 932.  

Cree, A. 1992. The Stephens Island gecko: elusive but not extinct. Forest and Bird No. 263 40-43.  

Cree, A. and Daugherty, C. H. 1990. Tuatara sheds its fossil image. New Scientist No. 1739 22-26.  

Cree, A. 1990. A winter's tale (photos by B. Enting). Forest and Bird No. 21 (4) 31-35.  

Daugherty, C. H. and Cree, A. 1990. Tuatara - a survivor from the dinosaur age (photos by M. Schneider). New Zealand Geographic 6 (April-June): 66-86.  

Cree, A. and Thompson, M. B. 1988. Unravelling the mysteries of tuatara reproduction. Forest and Bird No. 250 14-16.

 

 

 

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