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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

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
  • Spatial ecology of mammalian pests in NZ alpine regions, as part of the Te Manuhuna Aoaraki Project, in collaboration with Yolanda van Heezik
  • Conservation Management of native species (current/recent collaborative and student projects include work on takahe, with Glen Greaves and Andrew Digby (DOC), black stilt (kaki), with Richard Malony and Simone Clelland (DOC), yellow-eyed penguins, Fiordland penguins (tawaki) with Thomas Mattern (NZ Penguin Initiative), and Adelie penguins, with Matt Scofield (Maths & Stats) and Dean Anderson (Manaaki Whenua)
  • Assessment, mitigation and management of human/tourism influences on seabirds.
  • Strategic planning for wildlife reintroductions in collaboration with the IUCN Re-introduction Specialist Group.

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
Trustee of the Mamaku Point Conservation Trust
Advisor for The International Advisory Group for the Northern Bald Ibis (IAGNBI)
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
  • James Hunter (PhD): Modeling post-release performance of reintroduced Takahe
  • Rachel Hickcox (PhD): Macro-ecology of yellow-eyed penguins
  • Saif Khan (PhD): Remote sensing applications in braided rivers
  • Nick Foster (PhD): Altitudinal distribution of mammalian pest species
  • Taylor Hamlin (PhD): Spatial ecology of Adelie penguins
  • Asher Soryl (PhD): Animal welfare biology
  • Charlotte Patterson (MSc): Predicting reinvasion pathways for urban possums
  • Jamie McAulay (MSc): Diet of alpine stoats

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Publications

Boersma, P. D., García Borboroglu, P., Gownaris, N. J., Bost, C. A., Chiaradia, A., Ellis, S., … Seddon, P. J., … Weinecke, B. (2019). Applying science to pressing conservation needs for penguins. Conservation Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13378

Muralidhar, A., Moore, F. L., Easton, L. J., Jamieson, I. G., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2019). Know your enemy? Conservation management causes loss of antipredator behaviour to novel predators in New Zealand robins. Animal Behaviour, 149, 135-142. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.01.014

Ropert-Coudert, Y., Chiaradia, A., Ainley, D., Barbosa, A., Boersma, P. D., Brasso, R., … Hickcox, R., … Seddon, P. J., … Thrathan, P. N. (2019). Happy feet in a hostile world? The future of penguins depends on proactive management of current and expected threats. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 248. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00248

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2019). Are city kids missing out on nature? Frontiers for Young Minds, 7, 71. doi: 10.3389/frym.2019.00071

Seddon, P., Pereira, J., Steenkamp, G., Mallon, D., & Senn, H. (2019). 20th Sharjah International Conservation Forum for Arabia's biodiversity. Oryx, 53(3), 413. doi: 10.1017/S0030605319000395

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

Armstrong, D. P., Seddon, P. J., & Moehrenschlager, A. (2018). Reintroduction. In B. Fath (Ed.), Reference module in earth systems and environmental sciences. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10589-5

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

Seddon, P. J., & Armstrong, D. P. (2016). Reintroduction and other conservation translocations: History and future developments. In D. S. Jachowski, J. J. Millspaugh, P. L. Angermeier & R. H. Slotow (Eds.), Reintroduction of fish and wildlife populations. (pp. 7-28). Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

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.

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.

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.

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., & 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., 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., & 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., & 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., 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

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

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

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Journal - Research Article

Boersma, P. D., García Borboroglu, P., Gownaris, N. J., Bost, C. A., Chiaradia, A., Ellis, S., … Seddon, P. J., … Weinecke, B. (2019). Applying science to pressing conservation needs for penguins. Conservation Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13378

Ropert-Coudert, Y., Chiaradia, A., Ainley, D., Barbosa, A., Boersma, P. D., Brasso, R., … Hickcox, R., … Seddon, P. J., … Thrathan, P. N. (2019). Happy feet in a hostile world? The future of penguins depends on proactive management of current and expected threats. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 248. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00248

Muralidhar, A., Moore, F. L., Easton, L. J., Jamieson, I. G., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2019). Know your enemy? Conservation management causes loss of antipredator behaviour to novel predators in New Zealand robins. Animal Behaviour, 149, 135-142. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.01.014

Jarvie, S., Jowett, T., Thompson, M. B., Seddon, P. J., & Cree, A. (2018). Effects of warm temperatures on metabolic rate and evaporative water loss in tuatara, a cool-climate Rhynchocephalian survivor. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology, 91(4), 950-966. doi: 10.1086/698495

Stadtmann, S., & Seddon, P. J. (2018). Release site selection: Reintroductions and the habitat concept. Oryx. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0030605318001199

Mattern, T., Pütz, K., Garcia-Borboroglu, P., Ellenberg, U., Houston, D. M., Long, R., … Seddon, P. J. (2018). Marathon penguins: Reasons and consequences of long-rage dispersal in Fiordland penguins/Tawaki during the pre-moult period. PLoS ONE, 13(8), e0198688. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198688

Bryan, S. A., Vink, C. J., Barratt, B. I. P., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2018). Investigation of two new putative pheromone components of the invasive Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii, with potential applications for control. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2018.1536067

Hand, K. L., Freeman, C., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Stein, A., & van Heezik, Y. (2018). Restricted home ranges reduce children’s opportunities to connect to nature: Demographic, environmental and parental influences. Landscape & Urban Planning, 172, 69-77. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.12.004

Mattern, T., McPherson, M. D., Ellenberg, U., van Heezik, Y., & Seddon, P. J. (2018). High definition video loggers provide new insights into behaviour, physiology, and the oceanic habitat of a marine predator, the yellow-eyed penguin. PeerJ, 6, e5459. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5459

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

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

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, 81(5), 858-867. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21256

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

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

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

Stein, A. M., Young, M. J., Darby, J. T., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). Evidence for high inter-generational individual quality in yellow-eyed penguins. PeerJ, 5, e2935. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2935

Thiebot, J.-B., Arnould, J. P. Y., Gómez-Laich, A., Ito, K., Kato, A., Mattern, T., … Seddon, P. J., … Takahashi, A. (2017). Jellyfish and other gelata as food for four penguin species: Insights from predator-borne videos. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment, 15(8), 437-441. doi: 10.1002/fee.1529

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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