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Professor Phil Seddon


Phone 64-3-479-7029

Associate Professor Philip Seddon


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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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

Bennett, J. R., Maloney, R. F., Steeves, T. E., Brazill-Boast, J., Possingham, H. P., & Seddon, P. J. (2017). Spending limited resources on de-extinction could lead to net biodiversity loss. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(4), 0053. doi: 10.1038/s41559-016-0053

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

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

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

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