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Professor Phil Seddon

Phil Seddon 2020 imageEmail philip.seddon@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 7029

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

  • Strategic planning for wildlife reintroductions in collaboration with the IUCN Conservation Translocation Specialist Group. See here for a Policy Statement on Assisted Colonization
  • 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 Maloney 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.

Other Roles

Current and Recent Postgraduate Students

Black-fronted Tern, threatened by introduced predators

  • Jamie McAulay (MSc): Diet of stoats in the New Zealand alpine zone
  • 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
  • Scott Forrest (MSc): Spatial ecology of urban kaka
  • Myrene Otis (MSc): Foraging ecology of tawaki/Fiordland penguins
  • Thor Elley (MSc): Foraging ecology of yellow-eyed penguins on Rakiura
  • Peter Doyle (MSc): Spatial ecology of Norway rats
  • Hayley Lister (MSc): Resource selection by Norway rats in dryland ecosystems

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Publications

White, J., Mattern, T., Ellenberg, U., Garcia-Borboroglu, P., Houston, D. M., Seddon, P. J., & Mays, H. L. (2021). Field sexing techniques for Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki; Eudyptes pachyrhynchus). Notornis, 68(3), 188-193. Retrieved from http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/node/4558

Patterson, C. R., Seddon, P. J., Wilson, D. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2021). Habitat-specific densities of urban brushtail possums. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 45(2), 3450. doi: 10.20418/nzjecol.45.27

Hunter-Ayad, J., Jarvie, S., Greaves, G., Digby, A., Ohlemüller, R., Recio, M. R., & Seddon, P. J. (2021). Novel conditions in conservation translocations: A conservative-extrapolative strategic framework. Frontiers in Conservation Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3389/fcosc.2021.691714

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

Alden, B., van Heezik, Y., Seddon, P. J., Reid, J., & Young, M. J. (2021). Fat chance? Endangered penguin rehabilitation has mixed conservation outcomes. Conservation Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/csp2.452

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.

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

Soorae, P., & Seddon, P. J. (Eds.). (2000). Re-introduction news: Special bird issue. No 19. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group, 55p.

Edited Book - Research

Soorae, P. S., & Seddon, P. J. (Eds.). (1998). International directory of re-introduction projects. Kenya: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & NCWCD, 97p.

Edited 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

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Seddon, P. J., Ellenberg, 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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Chapter in Book - Other

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

Chapter in Book - Other

Alden, B., van Heezik, Y., Seddon, P. J., Reid, J., & Young, M. J. (2021). Fat chance? Endangered penguin rehabilitation has mixed conservation outcomes. Conservation Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/csp2.452

Journal - Research Article

Foster, N. J., Maloney, R. F., Seddon, P. J., Recio, M. R., Khan, M. S. I., & van Heezik, Y. (2021). Altitudinal distribution of the entire invasive small mammal guild in the eastern dryland zone of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Biological Invasions. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10530-021-02474-y

Journal - Research Article

Hunter-Ayad, J., Jarvie, S., Greaves, G., Digby, A., Ohlemüller, R., Recio, M. R., & Seddon, P. J. (2021). Novel conditions in conservation translocations: A conservative-extrapolative strategic framework. Frontiers in Conservation Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3389/fcosc.2021.691714

Journal - Research Article

Jarvie, S., Worthy, T. H., Saltré, F., Scofield, R. P., Seddon, P. J., & Cree, A. (2021). Using Holocene fossils to model the future: Distribution of climate suitability for tuatara, the last rhynchocephalian. Journal of Biogeography. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jbi.14092

Journal - Research Article

Khan, M. S. I., Ohlemüller, R., Maloney, R. F., & Seddon, P. J. (2021). Monitoring dynamic braided river habitats: Applicability and efficacy of aerial photogrammetry from manned aircraft versus unmanned aerial systems. Drones, 5(2), 39. doi: 10.3390/drones5020039

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Patterson, C. R., Seddon, P. J., Wilson, D. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2021). Habitat-specific densities of urban brushtail possums. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 45(2), 3450. doi: 10.20418/nzjecol.45.27

Journal - Research Article

Soryl, A. A., Moore, A. J., Seddon, P. J., & King, M. R. (2021). The case for welfare biology. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, 34(2), 7. doi: 10.1007/s10806-021-09855-2

Journal - Research Article

White, J., Mattern, T., Ellenberg, U., Garcia-Borboroglu, P., Houston, D. M., Seddon, P. J., & Mays, H. L. (2021). Field sexing techniques for Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki; Eudyptes pachyrhynchus). Notornis, 68(3), 188-193. Retrieved from http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/node/4558

Journal - Research Article

Bell, G., Young, M. J., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2020). Effects of unregulated visitor access on chick fledging mass and survival in yellow-eyed penguins. Wildlife Research, 47, 468-475. doi: 10.1071/WR19245

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Böhm, C., Bowden, C. G. R., Seddon, P. J., Hatipoğlu, T., Oubro, W., Bekkay, M. E., … Unsöld, M. (2020). The northern bald ibis Geronticus eremita: History, current status and future perspectives. Oryx. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0030605320000198

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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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Thacker, T., Seddon, P. J., van Heezik, Y., & McCormack, G. (2020). A myna problem: Alien species no obstacle to recovery for the Mangaia kingfisher. Oryx. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0030605320000071

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Young, M. J., Dutoit, L., Robertson, F., Seddon, P. J., & Robertson, B. C. (2020). Species in the faeces: DNA metabarcoding as a method to determine the diet of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. Wildlife Research, 47(6), 509-522. doi: 10.1071/wr19246

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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, 34(1), 103-112. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13378

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Bryan, S. A., Vink, C. J., Barratt, B. I. P., Seddon, P. J., & van Heezik, Y. (2019). 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, 46(3), 189-200. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2018.1536067

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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