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Health Sciences staff profiles

Denise Martini

PositionPhD Student
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
Research summaryEvolution and conservation of the endangered New Zealand Kaka


This project aims to investigate functional genomic differences between New Zealand Kaka populations to support conservation management of the species.


Grosser, S., Dutoit, L., Foster, Y., Robertson, F., Fidler, A. E., Martini, D., Knapp, M., & Robertson, B. C. (2022). Genomic evidence of a functional RH2 opsin in New Zealand parrots and implications for pest control. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2022.2053554

Forsdick, N. J., Martini, D., Brown, L., Cross, H. B., Maloney, R. F., Steeves, T. E., & Knapp, M. (2021). Genomic sequencing confirms absence of introgression despite past hybridisation between a critically endangered bird and its common congener. Global Ecology & Conservation, 28, e01681. doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01681

Martini, D., Dussex, N., Robertson, B. C., Gemmell, N. J., & Knapp, M. (2021). Evolution of the world's only alpine parrot: Genomic adaptation or phenotypic plasticity, behaviour and ecology? Molecular Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/mec.15978