Human-Wildlife Interactions Research Group


The Human-Wildlife Interactions Research Group includes staff members and postgraduate students from Institute of Natural and Mathematical Science, Massey University who are passionate about nature conservation and with research interests in animal behavioural ecology and the effect of human induced changes on behaviour, life history and fitness of wild animal populations.

We study a wide range of animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles, and use a wide range of research methods including molecular techniques to answer our research questions. Our study models include New Zealand native species as well as animal systems in other country including China and Nepal through international collaborations. Our goal is to through interdisciplinary approach to understand the fitness significance of animal behaviour, the impact of people on wildlife populations and behavioural adaptation of wild animals to human modified habitats, in order to more efficiently conserve wildlife and their habitats.


Our research areas are:     


1.  Behavioural ecology of native animals including mating systems, social organisation, ranging behaviour, and communication and how these aspects are affected by human induced habitat changes.

2.  The effect of urbanisation on life history and behaviour of wild animals

3.  The behavioral responses of wild and captive animal populations to conservation management.

4.  Human and wildlife conflict.

5.  Human-wildlife-climate change interaction.