Biological Sciences

Competitive interactions at bird feeders - do birds have a sugar addiction?

Supervisor

Assoc. Prof. Margaret Stanley

Faculty of Science

Project code: SCI001

This project will involve behavioural observations of birds at sugar feeders, with an emphasis on the competitive interactions between tui and other species. There is also an opportunity to mistnet birds and colour band them to allow behavioural observations of individuals and social hierarchies. Will be working alongside a PhD student as part of a larger project.

Drought impacts in native forests

Supervisor

Cate Macinnis-Ng

Faculty of Science

Project code: SCI005

As the climate changes, many parts of New Zealand will experience more frequent and more severe droughts. Around the world, droughts interfere with carbon and water cycles and if water stress gets extreme, trees can die. New Zealand forests generally experience wet conditions so native trees may not be well-prepared for dry conditions. We are carrying out a number of field-based and modelling projects to explore the impacts of drought on our native vegetation.