Wildlife Ecology Research at Albany
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Dianne Brunton
Professor Dianne Brunton
Director of Ecology, Behaviour & Conservation Group
Room 5.05
Building 5, Gate 4
Albany Campus
Massey University
Email:     d.h.brunton@massey.ac.nz
DDI:         + 64 9 4140800 ext 41192
Fax:         + 64 9 443 9790


My research contributions are in social behaviour and the evolution and ecology of animal communication. This work spans a variety of aspects of animal ecology from sexual selection and mating systems to diseases and morphology. An important central theme is the evolution of song and sexual selection in NZ bellbirds. I was the first to quantify bellbird song and singing behaviour in 2002 and I was able to show that in the NZ bellbird both sexes have distinct dialects and more recently I established that females are the dispersing sex. This research has been extraordinarily productive and resulted in the first ever test of the ‘dear enemy’ hypothesis for female songbirds and a publication in the journal ‘Behavioural Ecology’ – the top behaviour journal. This system provides a unique opportunity to separate genes from memes and understand how song diversity evolves. Specifically my research programme is now seeking to understand how dispersal influences the spread of memes, the establishment of dialects, and the role of cultural evolution in the maintenance of song diversity. This approach underpins my international research collaborations with researchers at Berkeley, Cornell, and Melbourne. Many topics have arisen from this interest in communication and these have been the foundation for PhD and MSc studies, the most significant being published research on the cultural evolution of song dialects in saddleback, the biogeography and phylogenetics of bellbirds, the role of malarial diseases in the evolution and ecology of NZ’s fauna, and olfactory communication in kakapo. Other themes include investigations of endangered species; an area that attracts Postgraduates from around the world and contributes to NZ conservation. My philosophy is to advance knowledge in ecology, behaviour, and conservation by theoretical, experimental, and field research. Evidence of this success can be seen in the many PhD and MSc completions and student co-authored conference presentations and publications.


Ecology and Conservation


Fauna of New Zealand (paper coordinator)


Behavioural Ecology (paper coordinator)


Conservation Biology (paper coordinator)


Wildlife Management (paper coordinator)



Current PhD projects (principal supervisor)
2012 - Michelle Roper - Bellbird song
2011 - Virginia Moreno - Conservation of endemic and threatened amphibians in fragmented temperate forests of Chile: patterns and processes
2010 - Jennifer Laycock - Anthropogenic dispersal and disease risk in Amphibians in New Zealand
2009 - Achyut Aryal - Prey, predator, human and climate change interaction in the Himalaya, Nepal
2008 - Idan Shapira - Behavioural Aspects in New Zealand Invasive Rodents: Implications for Conservation
2008 - Jürgen Kolb - Ecophysiology & Molecular Evolution (evolution of proteins), Marine Ecology & Ecosystem Interactions in Antarctica
Current PhD projects (co-supervisor)
2011 - Christophe Amiot - Adaptation of fantail to urban habitats (Dr Ji)
2009 - Sarah Wells - Phylogeography and mating systems of tui (Dr Ji)
2008 - Cheeho Wong - The effect of island size and history of rat invasion on genetic diversity of common geckos (Dr Ji)
2008 - Dan Godoy - The ecology and conservation management of green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) in New Zealand. (Dr Stockin)
Current MSc projects (principal supervisor)
2011 - Megan Young - Parental care and chick growth rates in White-faced storm petrels
Current MSc projects (co-supervisor)
2011 - Cheridan Mathers - Post-translocation monitoring of tieke (Dr Parker)
2011 - Kelsey Nichols - The adaptations of native lizards to urban habitats (Dr Ji)
2011 - Ashley King - title here (Dr Dale)
Current co-supervision of the Auckland Zoo Resident Vets (NZCCM)
2011 - Bethany Jackson
Finished PhD projects (principal supervisor) 
2006 - 2012 Anna Gsell - The role of scent and olfaction in the critically endangered Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus)
2006 - 2011 Birgit Ziesemann - The social organisation and mating system of the brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli)
2007 - 2011 Shauna Baillie - Population genetics, biogeography and ecological interactions of the New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura) and their avian malaria parasites
2006 - 2011 Manuela Barry - Shelter aggregations, social behaviour, and seasonal plasma corticosterone levels in captive and wild Duvaucel's geckos, Hoplodactylus duvaucelii
2005 - 2010 Mark Seabrook Davison - An evaluation of the conservation of New Zealand's threatened biodiversity: management, species recovery and legislation
2005 - 2010 Joanne Peace - Comparison of human modified and native forest habitats in the Hunua Ranges, Auckland
2005 - 2010 Kevin Parker - The impacts of translocation on the cultural evolution of song in the North Island saddleback or tieke (Philesturnus rufusater)
2006 - 2010 Luis Ortiz Catedral - Aspects of the biology of managed populations of two Cyanoramphus parakeet species in New Zealand: breeding biology, pathogen screening and translocation
2005 - 2009 Michael Anderson - Evolutionary interactions of brood parasites and their hosts: recognition, communication and breeding biology
         - 2008 Stockin - The New Zealand common dolphin (Delphinus sp.): identity, ecology and conservation (PhD supervisor in final year)
         - 2006 Emma Marks completed at University of Auckland
Finished PhD projects (co- supervisor) 
2007 - 2010 Emmanuelle Martinez - Responses of South Island Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) to vessel activity in Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. (Dr Stockin)
2008 - 2009 Vincenzo Petrella - Vocalisations of common dolphins (Delphinus sp) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. (Dr Stockin)
Finished MSc projects (principal supervisor) 
2010 - 2012 Joshua Thoresen - Monitoring the impacts of invasive mammals on arboreal geckos: habitat use, cell foam retreat use and the effectiveness of different monitoring techniques  
2009 - 2012 Michelle Roper - The feeding ecology and distribution of the hihi (Notiomystis cincta) and bellbird (Anthornis melanura) on Tiritiri Matangi Island.  
2010 - 2012 Fiona McKenzie - The Foraging Ecology of Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
2006 - 2010 Monique Janssen Van Rensburg - Parasitism, disease and breeding ecology of little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor) on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand
2008 - 2010 Anne-Sophie Boyer - Microbial infection of avian eggs: a threat to all synchronously incubating species? Case study of New Zealand's little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor)
2007 - 2009 Benjamin Barr - Spatial ecology, habitat use, and the impacts of rats on chevron skinks (Oligosoma homalonotum) on Great Barrier Island
2008 - 2009 Virginia Moreno Puig - Conservation issues for Hochstetter's frog (Leiopelma hochstetteri): Monitoring techniques and chytridiomycosis prevalence in the Auckland region, New Zealand
2007 - 2008 Jodi Smith - A study of the relationships between the behaviour of cetaceans and vessel traffic using two case studies: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) and Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
2006 - 2008 Chris Wedding - Aspects of the impacts of mouse (Mus musculus) control on skinks in Auckland, New Zealand
2006 - 2007 Taneal Cope - The breeding ecology and mating system of the bellbird (Anthornis melanura) on Tiritiri Matangi Island
2006 - 2007 Mark Delaney - The impact of Paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata) on pastoral communities and their role as reservoirs of agricultural diseases
2006 - 2007 Monika Merriman - Abundance and behavioural ecology of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
2006 - 2007 Jacqueline Geurts - The feeding and breeding ecology of little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor) from Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand
2005 - 2006 Luis Ortiz Catedral - Breeding ecology of a translocated population of red-crowned kakariki (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) on Tiritiri Matangi island, New Zealand
Finished MSc projects (co-supervisor)
2009 - 2011 David Gudex-Cross - Avian malaria (Plasmodium spp.) in the Auckland region: host-parasite associations, capture technique bias, and landscape disease dynamics (Dr Rosemary Barraclough)
2009 - 2011 Brigitte Kreigenhofer - Exploring social interactions and olfactory communication in the common brushtail possum: implications for management. (Dr Ji)
2008 - 2010 Nicolas de la Brosse - Dynamics of mother-offspring common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) engaged in foraging activities in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand (Dr Stockin)
2009 - 2010 Jenniffer Rickett - The dispersal and survivorship of pateke (Anas chlorotis) in relation to experimental release techniques, supplementary feeding and wing-clipping. (Dr Ji)
2006 - 2010 Mark Lowe - The effect of conservation management on Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor) on North Island, New Zealand. (Dr Ji)
2008 - 2009 Sarah Whitwell - The impact of isolation from mammalian predators on the anti-predator behaviours of the North Island robin (Petroica longipes). (Dr Ji)
2007 - 2009 Kate Richardson - Reintroducing hihi (Notiomystis cincta) to the New Zealand mainland (Dr Isabel Castro)
2006 - 2008 Dylan Van Winkel - Efficiency of techniques for post-translocation monitoring of the Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) and evidence of native avian predation on lizards. (Dr Ji)
Past Co-supervision of the Auckland Zoo Resident Vets (NZCCM)
2007 - 2010 Stephanie Shaw




 Dr Uri Shanas - University of Haifa, Israel

 Prof Steve Beissinger - University of California, Berkeley, USA

 Dr Julie Hagelin - Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

 Prof Tom Goodwin - Hendrix College, Arkansas, USA

 A/ Prof Clive Evans - SBS, University of Auckland

 Prof Dave Greenwood - SBS, University of Auckland

 Dr Ron Moorhouse - Department of Conservation, Nelson, New Zealand




2012 - present
Chair of the Conservation Fund Committee, Auckland Zoo
2011 - present
Massey University Doctoral Examination Convener
2009 - present
Director of Postgraduate Studies, Institute of Natural Sciences
2007 - present
Massey University Postgraduate Management Committee
2005 - present
Chair of the Environment Committee, Albany Campus
2005 - present
Board of Trustees of the N.Z. Trust for Conservation Volunteers
2006 - present
Associate member of the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM)
2009 - 2010
Board member of Auckland Zoo
2008 - 2010
Council for the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB)




Fulbright Travel Award 


Claude McCarthy Fellowship (NZ Vice Chancellors) Fellowship

2007 – present

Honorary Professor at Northwest University, Xi'an, China



Publications 2004-2013


Adams NJ, Parker K, Cockrem BF, Brunton DH, Candy EJ. 2013. Inter-island differences in the corticosterone responses of North Island Saddlebacks (Philesturnus rufusater) in New Zealand do not suggest selective effects of translocation. Emu doi.org/10.1071/MU12043

Anderson MG, Gill BJ, Briskie JV, Brunton DH, Hauber ME. 2013. Latitudinal differences in breeding phenology of the grey warbler and its relationship to parasitism prevalence by the shining bronze-cuckoo. Emu (accepted)

Gsell A, Seabrook-Davison M, Brunton DH. 2013. Are wild rodents attracted to lure laboratory rats? Pacific Conservation Biology (accepted)


Aryal A, Brunton DH, Ji W, Yadav HK, Adhikari B, Raubenheimer D. 2012. Diet and Habitat use of Hispid Hare Caprolagus hispidus in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal. Mammal Study 37:147-154.

Aryal A, Hopkins JB, Raubenheimer D, Ji W, Brunton DH. 2012. Distribution and diet of brown bears in the upper Mustang Region, Nepal. Ursus, 23:231-236.

Aryal A, Raubenheimer D, Sathyakumar S,  Poudel BS, Ji W, Kunwar KJ, Kok J, Kohshima S, Brunton DH. 2012. Conservation Strategy for Brown Bear and Its Habitat in Nepal. Diversity 4:301-307.

Baillie SM, Gudex-Cross D, Barraclough RK, Blanchard W, Brunton DH. 2012. Patterns in avian malaria at founder and source populations of an endemic New Zealand passerine. Parasitology Research 111:2077–2089.

Baling M, Ji W, Gartrell B, Brunton DH. 2012. Detection of Salmonella during the translocation of two endemic New Zealand lizard species within the Hauraki Gulf. NZ J Zool. (accepted)

Barraclough RK, Cope TM, Peirce MA, Brunton DH. 2012. First example of a highly prevelant low impact malaria in an endemic New Zealand passerine: Plasmodium of Tirirtiri Matangi Bellbirds (Anthornis melanura) Pp. 55-64 in E. Paul (ed). Emerging avian disease. Studies in Avian Biology (vol 42). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Gsell AC, Hagelin JC, Brunton DH. 2012. Olfactory sensitivity in Kea and Kaka. Emu 112:60-66.

Massaro M, Ortiz-Catedral L, Julian L, Galbraith JA, Kurenbach B, Kearvell J, Kemp J, van Hal J, Elkington S, Taylor G, Greene T, van de Wetering J, van de Wetering M, Pryde M, Dilks P, Heber S, Steeves TE, Walters M, Shaw S, Potter J, Farrant M, Brunton DH, Hauber M, Jackson B, Bell P, Moorhouse R, McInnes K, Varsani A. 2012. Molecular characterisation of beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in New Zealand and its implications for managing an infectious disease. Archives of Virology 157:1651–1663.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Kearvell JC, Brunton DH. 2012. Population increase of critically endangered Malherbe’s parakeet Cyanoramphus malherbi introduced to Maud Island, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence  9:54-57.

Parker KA, Anderson MJ, Jenkins PF, Brunton DH. 2012. The effects of translocation-induced isolation and fragmentation on the cultural evolution of bird song. Ecology Letters 15(8):778-786.  

Shapira I, Walker L, Brunton DH, Raubenheimer D. 2012. Responses to direct versus indirect cues of predation and competition in naïve invasive mice: implications for management. NZ J Ecology (online Sept 2012).

Whitwell SM, Amiot C, McLean IG, Lovegrove TG, Armstrong DP, Brunton DH, & Ji W. 2012. Losing anti-predatory behaviour: a cost of translocation. Austral Ecology 37:413-418.




Baillie SM, Brunton DH. 2011. Diversity, distribution and biogeographical origins of Plasmodium parasites from the New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura). Parasitology DOI: 10.1017/S0031182011001491.

Barry M, Peirce MA, Heath CG, Brunton DH, Barraclough RK. 2011. A new blood parasite within the relict endemic New Zealand gecko Hoplodactylus duvaucelii. Veterinary Parasitology 179:199-202.

Corfield JR, Gsell AC, Brunton DH, Heesy CP, Hall MI, Acosta ML, Iwaniuk AN. 2011. Anatomical Specializations for Nocturnality in a Critically Endangered Parrot, the Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus). PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022945.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Hauber ME, Brunton DH. 2011. Growth and survival of nestlings in a population of red-crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) free of introduced mammalian nest predators on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology (Special Issue; accepted)

Ortiz-Catedral L, Prada D, Brunton DH. 2011. Avian malaria in a remnant population of red-fronted parakeets on Little Barrier Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 38(23): 261-268.

Seabrook-Davison MN, Brunton DH. 2011. Introduced species to New Zealand – Their Impact on a biodiversity hotspot. Pacific Conservation Biology 16:230-236.

Shapira I, Buchanan F, Brunton D.H. 2011. Detection of caged and free-ranging Norway rats Rattus norvegicus by a rodent sniffing dog on Browns Island, Auckland, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence 8: 38-42.

Whitwell SM, Amiot C, McLean IG, Lovegrove TG, Armstrong DP, Brunton DH, & Ji W. 2011. Losing anti-predatory behaviour: a cost of translocation. Austral Ecology (accepted)

Wong C, Gleeson D, Howitt R, Barry M, Brunton DH, & Ji W. 2011. Polymorphic microsatellite loci and interspecific cross-amplification in the New Zealand endemic gecko species Hoplodactylus duvaucelii and Hoplodactylus maculates. Conservation Genetics Resources 3:331-333.

Ziesemann B, Brunton DH, Castro I. 2011. Nesting success and nest reuse in a high-density brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) population. Emu 111:148-154.


Adams NJ, Parker KA, Cockrem JF, Brunton DH, Candy EJ. 2010. Corticosterone responses and post-release survival in translocated North Island Saddlebacks (Philesturnus rufusater) in New Zealand. Emu 110:296-301.

Anderson MG, Brunton DH, Hauber ME. 2010. Reliable Information Content and Ontogenetic Shift in Begging Calls of Grey Warbler Nestlings. Ethol. 116:357-365.

Anderson MG, Brunton DH, Hauber ME. 2010. Species-specific modulation and ontogenetic shift of the responses of Grey Warbler (Gerygone igata) nestlings to parental feeding and alarm calls. Animal Behaviour 79: 401-409,

Barry M, Cockrem JF, Brunton DH. 2010. Seasonal variation in plasma corticosterone concentrations in wild and captive adult Duvaucel’s geckos (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) in New Zealand. Australian J. Zoology. 58:234-242.

Gsell AC, Innes J, de Monchy P, Brunton DH. 2010. The success of using trained dogs to locate rodent in pest-free sanctuaries. Wildlife Research 37(1):1-8.

Marks E, Brunton DH, Rodrigo A. 2010. Factors affecting the breeding success of the Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) at Cape Bird, Ross Island, Antarctica 2002-2003. Behaviour 147:165-184.

Marks EJ, Rodrigo AG, Brunton DH. 2010. Ecstatic display calls of the Adelie penguin honestly predict male condition and breeding success. Behaviour 147:165-184.

Marks EJ, Rodrigo AG, Brunton DH. 2010. Using logistic regression models to predict breeding success in male Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae). Polar Biology 33:1083-1094.

Moreno V, Aguayo CA, Brunton DH. 2011. A survey for the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in New Zealand's endemic Hochstetter's frog (Leiopelma hochstetteri). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 38(2):181-184.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Adams L, Hauber ME, Brunton DH. 2010. Conservation translocations of Red-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) on Matiu/Somes Island and Motuihe Island, New Zealand. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group Publication.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Brunton DH. 2010.  Success of translocations of red-fronted parakeets Cyanoramphus n. novaezelandiae from Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) to Motuihe Island, Auckland, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence 7:21-26.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Kearvell JC, Hauber M, Brunton DH. 2010.  Breeding biology of the critically endangered Malherbe’s Parakeet on Maud Island, New Zealand following the release of captive-bred individuals. Australian J.  Zoology 57(6): 433-439.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Kurenbach B, Massaro M, McInnes K, Brunton DH, Hauber ME, Martin DP, Varsani A. 2010. A new isolate of beak and feather disease virus from endemic wild red-fronted parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) in New Zealand.  Archives of Virology 155:613–620.

Parker KA, Hauber ME, Brunton DH. 2010. Contemporary cultural evolution of a conspecific recognition signal following serial translocations. Evolution 64:2431-41.

Paterson IG, Baillie SM, Brunton DH, Bentzen P. 2010. Twelve new microsatellite loci for the Korimako (New Zealand Bellbird), Anthornis melanura. Conservation Genetics Resources 2:257-259. Suppl 1.

Ranjard L, Anderson MG, Rayner MJ, Payne RB, McLean I, Briskie JV, Ross HA, Brunton DH, Wooley SMN, Hauber ME. 2010. Bioacoustic distances between the begging calls of brood parasites and their host species: a comparison of metrics and techniques.  Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology 64:1915-1926.

Seabrook-Davison MN, Brunton DH. 2010. Survey of New Zealand Department of Conservation staff involved in the management and recovery of threatened New Zealand species. Biological Conservation. 143: 212-219.

Wedding J, Ji W, Brunton DH. 2010.  Interactions between Shore Skinks Oligosoma smithi and brodifacoum within a dune system in New Zealand. Pacific Conservation Biology 16:86-91.


Anderson MG, Ross HA, Brunton DH, Hauber ME. 2009. Begging call matching between a specialist brood parasite and its host: A comparative approach to detect co-evolution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.98:208-216.

Baling M, Jeffries D, Barréc N, Brunton DH.  2009. A survey of Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) breeding colonies in the Southern Lagoon,New Caledonia. Emu 109:57-61.

Barraclough RK, Cope T, Peirce MA, Brunton DH. 2009. First example of a highly prevalent but low-impact malaria in an endemic New Zealand passerine: Plasmodium of Tiritiri-Matangi Island bellbirds (Anthornis melanura). Studies in Avian Biology: disease issue (accepted 2007).

Ortiz-Catedral L, Brunton DH. 2009.  Clutch parameters and reproductive success of a translocated population of Red-crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) Australian Journal of Zoology 57: 433–439.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Brunton DH. 2009.  Nesting sites and nesting success of reintroduced red-crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 35:1-10.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Brunton DH. 2009. Notes on the diet of the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) on Maud Island. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 385–388.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Ismar SMH, Baird K, Brunton DH, Hauber ME. 2009. Recolonization of an oceanic volcano by parakeets after eradication of invasive predators. Conservation Evidence 6: 26-30.

Ortiz-Catedral L, Ismar SMH, Baird K, Ewen JG, Hauber ME, Brunton DH. 2009. No evidence of Cambylobacter, Salmonella and Yersinia in populations of the red-crowned parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae). NZ J Zoology 36:376-383.

Ortiz-Catedral L, McInnes K, Hauber M, Brunton DH. 2009. First report of Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) in wild Red-crowned Parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) in New Zealand. Emu 109(3):196-202.

Seabrook-Davison M, Huyen L, Lambert DM, Brunton DH. 2009. Ancient DNA Resolves Identity and Phylogeny of New Zealand’s Extinct and Extant Quail (Coturnix sp.) PloSone 4:e6400 7 pp.

Seabrook-Davison MN, Brunton DH, Ji W, Ussher G. 2009. Future direction for the conservation of New Zealand’s biodiversity. Pacific Conservation Biol. 15:153-158.

Stockin KA, Binedell V, Wiseman N, Brunton DH, Orams MB. 2009. Behavior of free-ranging common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science 25:283-301.

Thorogood R, Brunton DH, Castro I. 2009. Simple techniques for sexing nesting hihi (Notiomystis cincta) in the field. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36:115-121.

2008 and earlier

Brunton DH, Li X. 2006. Comparisons of song structure & vocal behavior of male & female bellbirds (Anthornis melanura). Journal of Ethology 24:17-25.

Baling M, Jeffries D, Brunton DH.  2007. Marine bird survey of islands in the Southern Lagoon, New Caledonia.  Notornis 55:111-113.

Barry M, Ji W, Brunton DH. 2007. The mating system of New Zealand's largest gecko: Hoplodactylus duvaucelii. NZ J Zoology 34:260.

Brunton DH, Evans B, Cope T. Ji W. 2008. A test of the ‘dear enemy’ hypothesis in female NZ bellbirds: female neighbors as threats. Behavioral Ecology 19: 791-798.

Brunton DH, Evans BA, Ji W. 2008. Assessing natural dispersal of New Zealand bellbirds using song type and song playbacks. NZ J Ecology 32:147-154.

Brunton DH, Stamp RK. 2007. Habitat and season related changes in population density of N.I. Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus rufusater) on a small island: using distance sampling to determine variation. Emu 107: 196-202.

Constantine R, Brunton DH, Dennis T. 2004. Dolphin-watching tour boats change bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) behaviour. Biol. Conservation 117:299-307

Parker KA, Brunton DH, Jacob-Hoff R.  2006. Avian and translocation disease; implications for New Zealand conservation. Pacific Conservation Biol. 12:155-162.

Rayner M, Brunton DH, Clout MN, Stamp RK, Hauber, ME. 2007. Predictive habitat modeling improves the population census accuracy of a burrowing seabird: a study of the endangered Cook’s petrel. Biological Conservation 138: 235-247.

Van Winkel D, Brunton DH, Ji W. 2007. Efficiency of techniques for post-release monitoring of translocated Duvaucel's geckos (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) and impact of native predators on island lizard populations. NZ J Zoology 34:271-272.

Ziesemann B, Brunton DH, Castro I. 2006. Social behavior, interactions and the social mating system of a high-density North Island Brown Kiwi population. Journal of Ornithology 147: 278 Suppl 1.



Peer reviewed books, book chapters, books edited

Ortiz-Catedral L, Adams L, Hauber ME, Brunton DH. 2010. Conservation translocations of Red-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) on Matiu/Somes Island and Motuihe Island, New Zealand. In P. S. Soorae (Ed.), Global Re-introduction perspectives: Additional case-studies from around the globe. Abu Dhabi: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi.

Ortiz-Catedral L, VanHal J, Kearvell J, Brunton DH. 2010. Re-introduction of captive-bred Malherbe’s Parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) to Maud Island, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. In P. S. Soorae (Ed.), Global Re-introduction perspectives: Additional case-studies from around the globe. Abu Dhabi: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi.

van Winkel, D, Baling, M, Barry, M, Ji, W, & Brunton, DH. 2010. Translocation of Duvaucel's geckos to Tiritiri Matangi and Motuora Islands, Hauraki Gulf, as part of island ecological restoration initiatives. In P. S. Soorae (Ed.), Global Re-introduction perspectives: Additional case-studies from around the globe. Abu Dhabi: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi.



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