Triennial Research Grant Recipients
Two conservation and biodiversity research projects received funding through the Dunedin Branch’s Triennial Research Grant in April 2015.
Orokonui’s translocated tuatara are the focus of Scott Jarvie’s work. His key aims are to compare survival and body condition of captive-reared and wild-caught juvenile tuatara, and survival and body condition of adult tuatara translocated to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. He will use passive integrated transponder tag scanners deployed at retreat sites and day- and night-searches. Scott writes, “This is not only important for tuatara conservation, but will allow wildlife managers to better understand the process of establishment of new populations and to improve future programmes.”
Max Buxton is researching the moth community in alpine and grassland ecosystems. Despite New Zealand’s large number of moth species, Max writes, “Moths have been afforded little attention in terms of their ecological role, one of these being pollination.” His work aims to investigate how the moth community responds to changes in elevation, season and floral resource availability, and look at whether moths play a role as pollinators for alpine plants like Pimelea.