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Professor Phil Seddon

Email philip.seddon@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7029

Associate Professor Philip Seddon

Teaching


Research Interests

Assoc. Prof. Phil Seddon with a Fox on his head

  • Restoration of threatened species
  • Ecology of mammalian pest species
  • Seabird, specifically penguin, ecology
  • Assessment of the impacts of nature-based tourism
  • Reintroduction Biology, including Assisted Colonisation and other Conservation Introductions
  • De-extinction: implications for conservation

Current Projects

  • De-extinction: the pros and cons of creating versions (functional proxies) of extinct species for conservation benefit; download the IUCN Guiding Principles on De-extinction
  • Application of remote sensing, GIS and GPS technology to quantify spatial ecology at all scales
  • Conservation Management of native species (current/recent collaborative and student projects include work on black stilt (kaki), brown teal (pateke), buff weka, robins, kaka, black-billed gulls, yellow-eyed penguins, grand and Otago skinks.
  • Assessment, mitigation and management of human/tourism influences on seabirds.
  • Strategic planning for wildlife reintroductions in collaboration with the IUCN Re-introduction Specialist Group.
  • Recent Book: Armstrong, DP, Hayward, MW, Moro, D, and Seddon PJ. 2015. Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna. CSIRO Publishing, Australia. ISBN 9781486303014

Other Roles

Trustee of the Endangered Species Foundation of New Zealand (ESFNZ)
Member of the IUCN/SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group
Founding member of the IUCN/SSC Penguin Specialist Group
Member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Life+ Northern Bald Ibis Project
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Conservation Forum for Arabian Biodiversity

Current and Recent Postgraduate Students

Black-fronted Tern, threatened by introduced predators

  • Sven Stadtmann (PhD): Selecting reintroduction sites for takahe
  • Melanie Young (PhD): Foraging ecology of Yellow-eyed Penguins
  • Junichi Sugishita (PhD): Foraging ecology of Northern Royal Albatross
  • Debbie Armstrong (PhD): Resource selection by Pateke (Brown Teal)
  • Keith Payne (PhD): GPS tags in wildlife management
  • Wray Grimoldi (PhD): Environmental drivers of disease in Adelie penguins
  • Georgina Pickerell (PhD): Investigating interactive effects of island characteristics and water flow on predation risk to nesting black-fronted terns.
  • Jim Watts (MSc): Post-release dispersal, survival and habitat selection by Buff Weka
  • Jamie McAulay (MSc): Diet of alpine stoats

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Publications

van Heezik, Y., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Counting birds in urban areas: A review of methods for the estimation of abundance. In E. Murgui & M. Hedblom (Eds.), Ecology and conservation of birds in urban environments. (pp. 185-207). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-43314-1_10

Iacona, G., Maloney, R. F., Chadès, I., Bennett, J. R., Seddon, P. J., & Possingham, H. P. (2017). Prioritizing revived species: What are the conservation management implications of de-extinction? Functional Ecology, 31, 1041-1048. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12720

Recio, M. R., Maloney, R. F., Mathieu, R., Virgós, E., Moore, A. B., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Optimizing control programmes by integrating data from fine-scale space use by introduced predators. Biological Invasions, 19(1), 209-221. doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1274-3

Piaggio, A. J., Segelbacher, G., Seddon, P. J., Alphey, L., Bennett, E. L., Carlson, R. H., … Wheeler, K. (2017). Is it time for synthetic biodiversity conservation? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(2), 97-107. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.10.016

Watts, J. O., Moore, A., Palmer, D., Molteno, T. C. A., Recio, M. R., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Trial reintroduction of buff weka to an unfenced mainland site in central South Island, New Zealand. Austral Ecology, 42(2), 198-209. doi: 10.1111/aec.12422

Edited Book - Research

Armstrong, D. P., Hayward, M. W., Moro, D., & Seddon, P. J. (Eds.). (2015). Advances in reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna. Clayton, Australia: CSIRO, 320p.

Ewen, J. G., Armstrong, D. P., Parker, K. A., & Seddon, P. J. (Eds.). (2012). Reintroduction biology: Integrating science and management. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 499p. doi: 10.1002/9781444355833

Soorae, P., & Seddon, P. J. (Eds.). (2000). Re-introduction news: Special bird issue. No 19. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group, 55p.

Soorae, P. S., & Seddon, P. J. (Eds.). (1998). International directory of re-introduction projects. Kenya: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & NCWCD, 97p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

van Heezik, Y., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Counting birds in urban areas: A review of methods for the estimation of abundance. In E. Murgui & M. Hedblom (Eds.), Ecology and conservation of birds in urban environments. (pp. 185-207). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-43314-1_10

Moro, D., Hayward, M. W., Seddon, P. J., & Armstrong, D. P. (2015). Reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna: Progress, emerging themes and future directions. In D. P. Armstrong, M. W. Hayward, D. Moro & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Advances in reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna. (pp. 285-290). Clayton, Australia: CSIRO.

Armstrong, D. P., Moro, D., Hayward, M. W., & Seddon, P. J. (2015). Introduction: The development of reintroduction biology in New Zealand and Australia. In D. P. Armstrong, M. W. Hayward, D. Moro & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Advances in reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna. (pp. 1-6). Clayton, Australia: CSIRO.

Seddon, P. J., Moro, D., Mitchell, N. J., Chauvenet, A. L. M., & Mawson, P. R. (2015). Proactive conservation or planned invasion? Past, current and future use of assisted colonisation. In D. P. Armstrong, M. W. Hayward, D. Moro & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Advances in reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna. (pp. 105-126). Clayton, Australia: CSIRO.

Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2013). Reintroductions to “ratchet up” public perceptions of biodiversity: Reversing the extinction of experience through animal restorations. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Ignoring nature no more: The case for compassionate conservation. (pp. 137-151). University of Chicago Press.

Seddon, P. J., Ellenburg, U., & van Heezik, Y. (2013). Yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). In P. Garcia Borboroglu & P. D. Boersma (Eds.), Penguins: Natural history and conservation. (pp. 91-110). Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Seddon, P. J., Strauss, W. M., & Innes, J. (2012). Animal translocations: What are they and why do we do them? In J. G. Ewen, D. P. Armstrong, K. A. Parker & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Reintroduction biology: Integrating science and management. (pp. 1-32). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444355833.ch1

Osborne, P. E., & Seddon, P. J. (2012). Selecting suitable habitats for reintroductions: Variation, change and the role of species distribution modelling. In J. G. Ewen, D. P. Armstrong, K. A. Parker & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Reintroduction biology: Integrating science and management. (pp. 73-104). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444355833.ch3

Ellenberg, U., & Seddon, P. J. (2010). Effective management decision-making depends on rigorous research. In A. Krause & E. Weir (Eds.), Ecotourism: Management, development and impact. (pp. 257-260). New York: Nova Science.

Seddon, P. J., & Ellenberg, U. (2008). Effects of human disturbance on penguins: The need for site- and species-specific visitor management guidelines. In J. Higham & M. Lück (Eds.), Marine wildlife and tourism management: Insights from the natural and social sciences. (pp. 163-181). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Seddon, P. J., & Launay, F. (2008). Arab falconry: Changes, challenges and conservation opportunities of an ancient art. In B. Lovelock (Ed.), Tourism and the consumption of wildlife: Hunting, shooting and sport fishing. (pp. 196-210). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Seddon, P. J., Judas, J., Maloney, R. F., Combreau, O., & van Heezik, Y. (2000). The re-introduction of houbara bustards in the Kingsom of Saudi Arabia. In P. Soorae & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Re-introduction news: Special bird issue. No 19. (pp. 22-24). IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group.

Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (1999). Counting Houbara bustards in northern Saudi Arabia: An assessment of methods. In Counting Houbara bustards. (pp. 18-24). Abu Dhabi: IUCN/SSC/Birdlife Working Group on the Houbara Bustard.

Fisher, M., Ghazanfar, S. A., Chaudhary, S. A., Seddon, P. J., Robertson, E. F., Omar, S., … Boer, B. (1998). Diversity and Conservation. In S. A. Ghazanfar & M. Fisher (Eds.), Vegetation of Arabia. (pp. Ch. 12). The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Seddon, P. J., Armstrong, D. P., Parker, K. A., & Ewen, J. G. (2012). Summary. In J. G. Ewen, D. P. Armstrong, K. A. Parker & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Reintroduction biology: Integrating science and management. (pp. 476-481). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444355833.ch14

Ewen, J. G., Armstrong, D. P., Parker, K. A., & Seddon, P. J. (2012). Preface. In J. G. Ewen, D. P. Armstrong, K. A. Parker & P. J. Seddon (Eds.), Reintroduction biology: Integrating science and management. (pp. xxiii-xxv). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444355833.fmatter

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Journal - Research Article

Iacona, G., Maloney, R. F., Chadès, I., Bennett, J. R., Seddon, P. J., & Possingham, H. P. (2017). Prioritizing revived species: What are the conservation management implications of de-extinction? Functional Ecology, 31, 1041-1048. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12720

Watts, J. O., Moore, A., Palmer, D., Molteno, T. C. A., Recio, M. R., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Trial reintroduction of buff weka to an unfenced mainland site in central South Island, New Zealand. Austral Ecology, 42(2), 198-209. doi: 10.1111/aec.12422

Piaggio, A. J., Segelbacher, G., Seddon, P. J., Alphey, L., Bennett, E. L., Carlson, R. H., … Wheeler, K. (2017). Is it time for synthetic biodiversity conservation? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(2), 97-107. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.10.016

Recio, M. R., Maloney, R. F., Mathieu, R., Virgós, E., Moore, A. B., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Optimizing control programmes by integrating data from fine-scale space use by introduced predators. Biological Invasions, 19(1), 209-221. doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1274-3

Garrick, E. J., Amundson, C. L., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Duckling survival of mallards in Southland, New Zealand. Journal of Wildlife Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21256

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). The importance of urban gardens in supporting children's biophilia. PNAS, 114(2), 274-279. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1609588114

Stein, A., Young, M. J., Seddon, P. J., Darby, J. T., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). Investigator disturbance does not reduce annual breeding success or lifetime reproductive success in a vulnerable long-lived species, the yellow-eyed penguin. Biological Conservation, 207, 80-89. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.01.013

Spencer, J., van Heezik, Y., Seddon, P. J., & Barratt, B. I. P. (2017). Synergy between two invasive species, redback spiders and rabbits, threaten the endangered Cromwell chafer beetle. Biological Invasions, 19(5), 1379-1387. doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1352-6

Sugishita, J., McKenzie, M., Torres, L. G., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Automated techniques for measuring meal size in great albatrosses. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 41(1), 120-125. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.41.6

Mattern, T., Meyer, S., Ellenberg, U., Houston, D. M., Darby, J. T., Young, M., van Heezik, Y., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Quantifying climate change impacts emphasises the importance of managing regional threats in the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin. PeerJ, 5, e3727. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3272

Barrett, D., Recio, M. R., Barratt, B. I. P., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2016). Resource selection by an ancient taxon (Onychophora) in a modern urban landscape: A multi-scale analysis approach to assist in the conservation of an animal phylum. Landscape & Urban Planning, 148, 27-36. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.11.008

Swan, K. D., McPherson, J. M., Seddon, P. J., & Moehrenschlager, A. (2016). Managing marine biodiversity: The rising diversity and prevalence of marine conservation translocations. Conservation Letters, 9(4), 239-251. doi: 10.1111/conl.12217

Goldsworthy, B., Young, M. J., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2016). Stomach flushing does not affect apparent adult survival, chick hatching, or fledging success in yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes). Biological Conservation, 196, 115-123. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.02.009

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2016). A novel method for fine-scale biodiversity assessment and prediction across diverse urban landscapes reveals social deprivation-related inequalities in private, not public spaces. Landscape & Urban Planning, 151, 33-44. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.03.002

Jarvie, S., Recio, M. R., Adolph, S. C., Seddon, P. J., & Cree, A. (2016). Resource selection by tuatara following translocation: A comparison of wild-caught and captive-reared juveniles. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 40(3), 334-341.

Jones, H. P., Holmes, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Tershy, B. R., Kappes, P. J., Corkery, I., … Seddon, P. J., … Croll, D. A. (2016). Invasive mammal eradication on islands results in substantial conservation gains. PNAS, 113(15), 4033-4038. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521179113

Jarvie, S., Senior, A. M., Adolph, S. C., Seddon, P. J., & Cree, A. (2015). Captive rearing affects growth but not survival in translocated juvenile tuatara. Journal of Zoology, 297(3), 184-193. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12263

Recio, M. R., Seddon, P. J., & Moore, A. B. (2015). Niche and movement models identify corridors of introduced feral cats infringing ecologically sensitive areas in New Zealand. Biological Conservation, 192, 48-56. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.09.004

Sugishita, J., Torres, L. G., & Seddon, P. J. (2015). A new approach to study of seabird-fishery overlap: Connecting chick feeding with parental foraging and overlap with fishing vessels. Global Ecology & Conservation, 4, 632-644. doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2015.11.001

Bryan, S. A., van Heezik, Y., Vink, C. J., Seddon, P. J., Phillips, C. B., & Barratt, B. I. P. (2015). Invasive redback spiders (Latrodectus hasseltü) threaten an endangered, endemic New Zealand beetle (Prodontria lewisii). Journal of Insect Conservation, 19(5), 1021-1027. doi: 10.1007/s10841-015-9818-x

Clark, R. D., Mathieu, R., & Seddon, P. J. (2015). Selection for protection from isolation results in the visual isolation of Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes nests. Bird Conservation International, 25, 192-206. doi: 10.1017/S0959270914000082

Trathann, P. N., García-Borboroglu, P., Boersma, D., Bost, C.-A., Crawford, R. J. M., Crossin, G. T., … Davis, L. S., … Seddon, P. J., … Wienecke, B. (2015). Pollution, habitat loss, fishing, and climate change as critical threats to penguins. Conservation Biology, 29, 31-41. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12349

Grimaldi, W. W., Seddon, P. J., Lyver, P. O., Nakagawa, S., & Tompkins, D. M. (2015). Infectious diseases of Antarctic penguins: Current status and future threats. Polar Biology, 38(5), 591-606. doi: 10.1007/s00300-014-1632-5

Recio, M. R., Mathieu, R., Virgós, E., & Seddon, P. J. (2014). Quantifying fine-scale resource selection by introduced feral cats to complement management decision-making in ecologically sensitive areas. Biological Invasions, 16(9), 1915-1927. doi: 10.1007/s10530-013-0635-4

Jarvie, S., Besson, A. A., Seddon, P. J., & Cree, A. (2014). Assessing thermal suitability of translocation release sites for egg-laying reptiles with temperature-dependent sex determination: A case study with tuatara. Animal Conservation, 17, 48-55. doi: 10.1111/acv.12152

Jarvie, S., Ramirez, E. A., Dolia, J., Adolph, S. C., Seddon, P. J., & Cree, A. (2014). Attaching radio transmitters does not affect mass, growth, or dispersal of translocated juvenile tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Herpetological Review, 45(3), 417-421.

Seddon, P. J., Griffiths, C. J., Soorae, P. S., & Armstrong, D. P. (2014). Reversing defaunation: Restoring species in a changing world. Science, 345(6195), 406-412. doi: 10.1126/science.1251818

Seddon, P. J., Moehrenschlager, A., & Ewen, J. (2014). Reintroducing resurrected species: Selecting DeExtinction candidates. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 29(3), 140-147. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.01.007

Pickerell, G. A., O'Donnell, C. F. J., Wilson, D. J., & Seddon, P. J. (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.

Mattern, T., Ellenberg, U., Houston, D. M., Lamare, M., Davis, L. S., van Heezik, Y., & Seddon, P. J. (2013). Straight line foraging in yellow-eyed penguins: New insights into cascading fisheries effects and orientation capabilities of marine predators. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e84381. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084381

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