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Chris Muller

School of Veterinary Science
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Population ecology, foraging behaviour and impacts of tourism on yellow-eyed penguins on the subantarctic Auckland Islands

Research Description
Yellow-eyed penguins are one of the world’s rarest penguins. They are found only in New Zealand waters, around the lower South Island and subantarctic islands. They are endangered, and declining, with populations on the mainland predicted to go extinct in a few decades. Despite this, little is known about the subantarctic population since the area is difficult place to get to, and to carry out research. Research focus: •Population ecology, including the first estimate of breeding numbers at the Auckland Islands in 30 years, as well as breeding success and chick survival. •Foraging behaviour, including foraging areas used, diving behaviour, and diet. •Factors which may be affecting survival and breeding success Research methods include: •Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) for conservation. •Deployment of GPS loggers, depth loggers and VHF transmitters on diving penguins •Stable Isotope Analysis of diet

Personal Description
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Professor Louise Chilvers
Associate Professor Phil Battley

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