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Dr Stephanie Godfrey

Phone: 64-3-479-7963

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Research Interests

I am currently recruiting PhD and MSc students – if you are interested in joining our research group, contact me directly to discuss potential postgraduate projects.

  • Influence of host behaviour (social structure, behavioural variation) on parasite and disease ecology
  • Understanding how contact patterns in wildlife populations are structured, and how they respond to perturbations.
  • Impacts of conservation management activities on host-parasite communities, and the conservation of unique parasites
  • Reptilian host-parasite ecology and social behaviour/organisation

skink family


Trewartha, D. M., Clayton, J. L., Godfrey, S. S., & Gardner, M. G. (2024). Heat water and reptiles: Do the hydro-thermal properties of animals at the source location persist at the translocation site? Animal Conservation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acv.12942 Journal - Research Article

Rolfes, J. W., & Godfrey, S. S. (2023). Seasonal and spatial patterns of infestation with ectoparasitic mites on New Zealand geckos revealed using a crowd-sourced citizen science database. Austral Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/aec.13472 Journal - Research Article

Thompson, H., & Godfrey, S. (2023). Does growing old make you grumpy? Personality differences between juvenile and adult Otago skinks (Oligosoma otagense). In D. J. Wilson & J. M. Monks (Eds.), Recent developments in research on the herpetofauna of Aotearoa New Zealand: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (SRARNZ) 2021: DOC Research and Development Series 369. 2.21. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Powell, J., Matthaei, C. D., & Godfrey, S. S. (2023). Colour variation and behaviour of the cryptic New Zealand frog Leiopelma archeyi. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 47(2), 3534. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.47.3534 Journal - Research Article

Eda, A. R. A. R., Bishop, P. J., Altobelli, J. T., Godfrey, S. S., & Stanton, J.-A. L. (2023). Screening for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in New Zealand native frogs: 20 years on. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 47(2), 3531. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.47.3531 Journal - Research Article

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