Christophe Amiot (Past student) (PhD)
Position: PhD Student

Email: c.amiot@massey.ac.nz
Phone: +649 414 0800 E43789
FAX: +64 9 443 9790

Education:
2011-2015 - PhD project: “Do birds change their behavioural and life history traits in response to urbanisation?-Fantail as a model-”

2005 - DEA in Animal behaviour, University of Paris 13
2004 - Msc Biology, University of Rennes 1

Publications:
Jordan F.F.J., Murphy S., Martinez E., Amiot C., Van Helden A. and Stockin K.A. 2015. Criteria for assessing maturity of skulls in the common dolphin, Delphinus sp., from New Zealand waters. Marine Mammal Science, (online)
Amiot C. and Ji W. (2015). New host record for Ornithomya variegata (Diptera: Hippoboscidae) in New Zealand with a review of previous records in Australasia. Notornis 62, 47-50.
Amiot C., Hill S. D. and Ji W. 2015. Using plumage and behavioural development to age New Zealand fantail nestlings. New Zealand Journal of Zoology (online).
Hill S. D., Amiot C., Ludbrook M. R. and Ji W. 2015. Seasonal variation in the song structure of tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 39(1)
Amiot C. and Palma R. 2013. Correction and identification of louse-flies (Diptera:hipposcidae) collected from a North Island Robin (Petroica longipes) on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Notornis 60 (4), 315-316.
Maschovsky-Capuska G., Hauber M., Libby E., Amiot C. and Raubenheimer D. 2013. The contribution of private and public information in foraging by Australasian gannets. Animal cognition 17(4), 849-858.
Hill S.D., Ji W., Parker K., Amiot C. and Wells S.J. 2013. A comparative study on the vocalisations of mainland and Chatham Island tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 37(2), 214-223.
Koirala R., Aryal A., Amiot C. Adhikiari B., Karmacharya D. and Raubenheimer D. 2012. Genetic identification of carnivore scat: implication of dietary information for human-carnivore conflict in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. Zoology and Ecology 22(3-4), 137-143.
Whitwell S., Amiot C., McLean I., Lovegrove T., Armstrong D., Brunton DH and Ji W. 2011. Losing anti-predatory behaviour: a cost of translocation. Austral Ecology, 37(4), 413-418.
Amiot C., Lorvelec O.,Mandon-Dalger I., Sardella A., LeQuilliec P.and Clergeau P. 2007. Rapid morphological divergence of an introduced Red-whiskered Bulbul in contrasting environments. Ibis, 149(3), 482-489
Conferences
Oral presentation
Amiot C., Dale J., Brunton D. & W. Ji.2013. Effect of nest site selection on reproductive success of native passerine in urban woodlands. Ecotas13, 5Th joint Conference of New Zealand Ecological Society and Ecology of Australia. Aotea centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Hill SD, Ji W, Parker K, Amiot C and Wells SJ. 2013. A comparative study on the vocalisations of mainland and Chatham Island tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae). Ecotas13, 5Th joint Conference of New Zealand Ecological Society and Ecology of Australia. Aotea centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
Amiot C, Hartley D and Ji W. 2013. Nest site selection along an urban gradient by native and introduced birds in New Zealand. Australasian society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference. Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.
Hill SD, Ji W, Parker K, Amiot C and Wells SJ. 2013. A comparative study on the vocalisations of mainland and Chatham Island tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae). Australasian society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference. Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.
Machovsky Capuska GE, Libby E, Amiot C, Hauber ME, and Raubenheimer D. 2012.The use of personal and social information in foraging by the Australasian gannets (Morus serrator). Australasian society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference. Deakin University, Geelong,Australia
Amiot C., Dale J., Brunton D. & W. Ji. 2011. Auckland urban woodland quality by comparison of urban and non-urban ecosystems. New Zealand ecological society, Ecology in the Heartland, Energy events centre, Rotorua, New Zealand
Poster presentation
Amiot C., W. Ji. 2013. New Zealand urbanization, a new perspective for urban avifauna ecology. SURE World conference 2013, Berlin, Germany.

Fundings:
Institute of Natural Science of Massey University
Auckland Council research grant

Research:
The rapid urban expansion in recent decades has resulted in the formation of a new type of ecosystem, the urban ecosystem. It differs from other natural ecosystems by a high degree of wildlife habitat fragmentation and human disturbances. Adaptations to such disturbances play a major role in a species ability to survive in urban ecosystems. Ecological research of urban environments has largely focused on the effect of human disturbance and the modification of biodiversity and community structure. Only recently, some studies began to explore the responses of wildlife populations to the selective pressures unique to urban ecosystems. The aim of this project is to investigate adaptations of life history and behavioural traits of a native avian species, the fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) to the urban environment. The results of this project will provide insights into why some native species survive but others disappear from the urban environment.


Key words: Urban ecology, Parental care, Nestling development, nest site preference

Supervisors / Supervisions:
Dr Weihong Ji, Dr. James Dale, Dr. Michael Anderson, Prof Dianne Brunton