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Dr Jo Monks

Jo-Monks

Email jo.monks@otago.ac.nz

Tel +64 27 408 3337

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Teaching

Research Interests

I’m a conservation biologist working on a range of applied ecological issues. My background is in herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians) and behavioural ecology, but I now work on a range of terrestrial fauna, including bats, birds and invertebrates.

My major projects at present involve:

  • Research to support conservation management in alpine ecosystems (birds, lizards and invertebrates)
  • Understanding the impacts of invasive predators, particularly mice and wasps, on native lizards and large-bodied invertebrates and how to sustainably suppress these predators to benefit terrestrial biodiversity
  • Understanding the impacts of climate change on native terrestrial fauna to inform conservation strategy
  • Developing and validating monitoring techniques for cryptic taxa

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Publications

Monks, J. M., Wills, H. P., & Knox, C. D. (2022). Testing drones as a tool for surveying lizards. Drones, 6, 199. doi: 10.3390/drones6080199

Yee, G. E., Monks, J. M., & Bell, T. (2022). Spatial patterns and habitat use of penned and hard-released arboreal geckos translocated to an offshore island free of introduced mammals. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 46(2), 3477. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.46.27

Lettink, M., Young, J., & Monks, J. M. (2022). Comparison of footprint tracking and pitfall trapping for detecting skinks. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 46(2), 3478.

Jarvie, S., Ingram, T., Chapple, D. G., Hitchmough, R. A., Nielsen, S. V., & Monks, J. M. (2022). Variable vulnerability to climate change in New Zealand lizards. Journal of Biogeography, 49, 431-442. doi: 10.1111/jbi.14314

Monks, J. M., O'Donnell, C. F. J., Greene, T. C., & Weston, K. A. (2021). Evaluation of counting methods for monitoring populations of a cryptic alpine passerine, the rock wren (Passeriformes, Acanthisittidae, Xenicus gilviventris). PLoS ONE, 16(3), e0247873. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247873

Nelson, N. J., Romijn, R. L., Dumont, T., Reardon, J. T., Monks, J. M., Hitchmough, R. A., … Briskie, J. V. (2016). Lizard conservation in mainland sanctuaries. In D. G. Chapple (Ed.), New Zealand lizards. (pp. 321-339). Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-41674-8_12

Chapter in Book - Research

Nelson, N. J., Hitchmough, R., & Monks, J. M. (2015). New Zealand reptiles and their conservation. In A. Stow, N. McLean & G. I. Holwell (Eds.), Austral ark: The state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 382-404). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139519960.020

Chapter in Book - Research

Jarvie, S., Ingram, T., Chapple, D. G., Hitchmough, R. A., Nielsen, S. V., & Monks, J. M. (2022). Variable vulnerability to climate change in New Zealand lizards. Journal of Biogeography, 49, 431-442. doi: 10.1111/jbi.14314

Journal - Research Article

Lettink, M., Young, J., & Monks, J. M. (2022). Comparison of footprint tracking and pitfall trapping for detecting skinks. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 46(2), 3478.

Journal - Research Article

Monks, J. M., Wills, H. P., & Knox, C. D. (2022). Testing drones as a tool for surveying lizards. Drones, 6, 199. doi: 10.3390/drones6080199

Journal - Research Article

Yee, G. E., Monks, J. M., & Bell, T. (2022). Spatial patterns and habitat use of penned and hard-released arboreal geckos translocated to an offshore island free of introduced mammals. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 46(2), 3477. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.46.27

Journal - Research Article

Bertoia, A., Monks, J., Knox, C., & Cree, A. (2021). A nocturnally foraging gecko of the high-latitude alpine zone: Extreme tolerance of cold nights, with cryptic basking by day. Journal of Thermal Biology, 99, 102957. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2021.102957

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Chukwuka, C. O., Mello, R. S. R., Cree, A., & Monks, J. M. (2021). Thermal heterogeneity of selected retreats in cool-temperate viviparous lizards suggests a potential benefit of future climate warming. Journal of Thermal Biology, 97, 102869. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2021.102869

Journal - Research Article

Elangovan, V., Bovill, L., Cree, A., Monks, J. M., & Godfrey, S. S. (2021). Social networks and social stability in a translocated population of Otago skinks (Oligosoma otagense). New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 45(1), 3434. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.45.19

Journal - Research Article

Grace, M. K., Akçakaya, H. R., Bennett, E. L., Brooks, T. M., Heath, A., Hedges, S., … Elangovan, V., … Godfrey, S. S., … Monks, J. M., … Virens, J., … Young, S. (2021). Testing a global standard for quantifying species recovery and assessing conservation impact. Conservation Biology, 35, e13756. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13756

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McAulay, J., Monks, J. M., Wilson, D. J., & Seddon, P. J. (2021). Individual specialists within a generalist niche: Variable diet of stoats and implications for conservation. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 45(2), 3443. doi: 10.20420/nzjecol.45.29

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Monks, J. M., O'Donnell, C. F. J., Greene, T. C., & Weston, K. A. (2021). Evaluation of counting methods for monitoring populations of a cryptic alpine passerine, the rock wren (Passeriformes, Acanthisittidae, Xenicus gilviventris). PLoS ONE, 16(3), e0247873. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247873

Journal - Research Article

Chukwuka, C. O., Monks, J. M., & Cree, A. (2020). Heat and water loss vs shelter: A dilemma in thermoregulatory decision making for a retreat-dwelling nocturnal gecko. Journal of Experimental Biology, 223, jeb231241. doi: 10.1242/jeb.231241

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McAulay, J., Seddon, P. J., Wilson, D. J., & Monks, J. M. (2020). Stable isotope analysis reveals variable diets of stoats (Mustela erminea) in the alpine zone of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 44(2), 3409. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.44.16

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O'Donnell, C. F. J., & Monks, J. M. (2020). Distribution, long term population trends and conservation status of banded dotterels (Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus) on braided rivers in New Zealand. Notornis, 67, 733-753. Retrieved from https://www.birdsnz.org.nz

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Schlesselmann, A.-K. V., Dussex, N., Cooper, J., Monks, J. M., O'Donnell, C. F. J., & Robertson, B. C. (2020). Contrasting patterns of population structure at large and fine geographical scales in a migratory avian disturbance specialist of braided river ecosystems. Diversity & Distributions, 26, 16-33. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12994

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Knox, C. D., Jewell, T. R., & Monks, J. M. (2019). Ecology of orange-spotted geckos (Mokopirirakau “Roys Peak”) in Central Otago and Queenstown-Lakes districts. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(2), 3365. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.43.14

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Lettink, M., & Monks, J. M. (2019). Ecology of scree skinks (Oligosoma waimatense) in O Tu Wharekai Wetland, mid-Canterbury high country, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(1), 3354. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.43.6

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Monks, J. M., Nelson, N. J., Daugherty, C. H., Brunton, D. H., & Shine, R. (2019). Does evolution in isolation from mammalian predators have behavioural and chemosensory consequences for New Zealand lizards? New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(1), 3359. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.43.10

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Nelson, N. J., Briskie, J. V., Constantine, R., Monks, J., Wallis, G. P., Watts, C., & Wotton, D. M. (2019). The winners: Species that have benefited from 30 years of conservation action. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 49(3), 281-300. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2018.1518249

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Schlesselmann, A.-K. V., O'Donnell, C. F. J., Monks, J. M., & Robertson, B. C. (2018). Clearing islands as refugia for black-fronted tern (Chlidonias albostriatus) breeding colonies in braided rivers. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 42(2), 137-148. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.42.23

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Knox, C. D., Jarvie, S., Easton, L. J., & Monks, J. M. (2017). Soft-release, but not cool winter temperatures, reduces post-translocation dispersal of jewelled geckos. Journal of Herpetology, 51(4), 490-496. doi: 10.1670/16-078

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Monks, J. M., & O'Donnell, C. F. J. (2017). Social implications of a colony collapse in a highly structured vertebrate species (long-tailed bat, Chalinolobus tuberculatus). Animal Conservation, 20, 360-369. doi: 10.1111/acv.12324

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Carpenter, J. K., Monks, J. M., & Nelson, N. (2016). The effect of two glyphosate formulations on a small, diurnal lizard (Oligosoma polychroma). Ecotoxicology, 25, 548-554. doi: 10.1007/s10646-016-1613-2

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Carpenter, J. K., Monks, J. M., & O'Donnell, C. F. J. (2016). Developing indices of relative abundance for monitoring cave and ground wētā (Orthoptera) in southern beech forest, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 43(2), 149-162. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2015.1117500

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Dool, S. E., O'Donnell, C. F. J., Monks, J. M., Puechmaille, S. J., & Kerth, G. (2016). Phylogeographic-based conservation implications for the New Zealand long-tailed bat, (Chalinolobus tuberculatus): Identification of a single ESU and a candidate population for genetic rescue. Conservation Genetics, 17, 1067-1079. doi: 10.1007/s10592-016-0844-3

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Hitchmough, R. A., Adams, L. K., Reardon, J. T., & Monks, J. M. (2016). Current challenges and future directions in lizard conservation in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 46(1), 29-39. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2015.1108923

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Lettink, M., & Monks, J. M. (2016). Survey and monitoring methods for New Zealand lizards. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 46(1), 16-28. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2015.1108343

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Monks, A., Monks, J. M., & Tanentzap, A. J. (2016). Resource limitation underlying multiple masting models makes mast seeding sensitive to future climate change. New Phytologist, 210, 419-430. doi: 10.1111/nph.13817

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O'Donnell, C. F. J., Richter, S., Dool, S., Monks, J. M., & Kerth, G. (2016). Genetic diversity is maintained in the endangered New Zealand long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) despite a closed social structure and regular population crashes. Conservation Genetics, 17, 91-102. doi: 10.1007/s10592-015-0763-8

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Weir, S. M., Yu, S., Knox, A., Talent, L. G., Monks, J. M., & Salice, C. J. (2016). Acute toxicity and risk to lizards of rodenticides and herbicides commonly used in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 40(3), 342-350. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.40.43

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Batson, W. G., O'Donnell, C. F. J., Nelson, N. J., & Monks, J. M. (2015). Placement period of artificial retreats affects the number and demographic composition but not the body condition of skinks. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 39(2), 273-279. Retrieved from https://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3216

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Bennett, J. R., Elliott, G., Mellish, B., Joseph, L. N., Tulloch, A. I. T., Probert, W. J. M., … Monks, J. M., … Maloney, R. (2014). Balancing phylogenetic diversity and species numbers in conservation prioritization, using a case study of threatened species in New Zealand. Biological Conservation, 174, 47-54. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.03.013

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Grayson, K. L., Mitchell, N. J., Monks, J. M., Keall, S. N., Wilson, J. N., & Nelson, N. J. (2014). Sex ratio bias and extinction risk in an isolated population of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). PLoS ONE, 9(4), e94214. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094214

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Jarvie, S., & Monks, J. M. (2014). Step on it: Can footprints from tracking tunnels be used to identify lizard species? New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41(3), 210-217. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2014.911753

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Knox, C. D., & Monks, J. M. (2014). Penning prior to release decreases post-translocation dispersal of jewelled geckos. Animal Conservation, 17(Suppl. 1), 18-26. doi: 10.1111/acv.12149

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Monks, J. M., Monks, A., & Towns, D. R. (2014). Correlated recovery of five lizard populations following eradication of invasive mammals. Biological Invasions, 16, 167-175. doi: 10.1007/s10530-013-0511-2

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Romijn, R. L., Nelson, N. J., & Monks, J. M. (2014). Forest geckos (Mokopirirakau 'Southern North Island') display diurno-nocturnal activity and are not reliant on retreats. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41(2), 103-113. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2013.860041

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Hoare, J. M., Melgren, P., & Chavel, E. E. (2013). Habitat use by southern forest geckos (Mokopirirakau ‘Southern Forest’) in the Catlins, Southland. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 40(2), 129-136. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2012.707663

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Hoare, J. M., Monks, A., & O'Donnell, C. F. J. (2013). Do population indicators work? Investigating correlated responses of bird populations in relation to predator management. Ecological Indicators, 25, 23-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.09.007

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Powlesland, R. G., Bell, M., Tuanui, E. A., Tuanui, B. M., & Monks, J. M. (2013). Translocation of juvenile Chatham Islands tomtits (Petroica macrocephala chathamensis) from Rangatira and Pitt Islands to Chatham Island. Notornis, 60, 41-48. Retrieved from https://www.birdsnz.org.nz/

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Hoare, J. M., Monks, A., & O'Donnell, C. F. J. (2012). Can correlated population trends among forest bird species be predicted by similarity in traits? Wildlife Research, 39, 469-477. doi: 10.1071/WR11087

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O'Donnell, C. F. J., & Hoare, J. M. (2012). Monitoring trends in skink sightings from artificial retreats: Influences of retreat design, placement period, and predator abundance. Herpetological Conservation & Biology, 7(1), 58-66. Retrieved from http://herpconbio.org/Volume_7/Issue_1/ODonnell_Hoare_2012.pdf

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O'Donnell, C. F. J., & Hoare, J. M. (2012). Quantifying the benefits of long-term integrated pest control for forest bird populations in a New Zealand temperate rainforest. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 36(2), 131-140. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/24060838

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Flynn-Plummer, T. P., & Monks, J. M. (2021). Penned release reduces area use by translocated barking geckos (Naultinus punctatus). New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 45(1), 3432. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.45.17

Journal - Research Other

Macinnis-Ng, C., Mcintosh, A. R., Monks, J. M., Waipara, N., White, R. S. A., Boudjelas, S., … Dickinson, K. J. M., … Peltzer, D. A. (2021). Climate-change impacts exacerbate conservation threats in island systems: New Zealand as a case study. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment, 19(4), 216-224. doi: 10.1002/fee.2285

Journal - Research Other

Elangovan, V., Cree, A., Monks, J. M., & Godfrey, S. (2020). Oligosoma otagense (Otago skink): Aggression and cannibalism [Natural History Note]. Herpetological Review, 51(1), 129.

Journal - Research Other

Weston, K. A., O'Donnell, C. F. J., van Dam-Bates, P., & Monks, J. M. (2018). Control of invasive predators improves breeding success of an endangered alpine passerine [Short communication]. Ibis, 160, 892-899. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12617

Journal - Research Other

O'Donnell, C. F. J., Weston, K. A., & Monks, J. M. (2017). Impacts of introduced mammalian predators on New Zealand’s alpine fauna. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 41(1), 1-22. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.41.18

Journal - Research Other

Watts, C., Stringer, I., Innes, J., & Monks, J. M. (2017). Evaluating tree wētā (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae: Hemideina species) as bioindicators for New Zealand national biodiversity monitoring. Journal of Insect Conservation, 21, 583-598. doi: 10.1007/s10841-017-9997-8

Journal - Research Other

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