View westwards from the Pisa Range, Central Otago. Photo courtesy of Kath Dickinson

Our Directors

Gerry Closs

Zoology Department

Gerry is an empirical estuarine and freshwater ecologist focusing on fish and invertebrates, whose research has included the life history, behaviour, and migration of native and introduced fishes. He has advised governmental and community groups, ministerial appointments to Special Tribunals on applications for Water Conservation Orders, and is an Associate Professor of Zoology.

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Kath Dickinson

Botany Department

Kath is a plant ecologist with interests in plant-animal interactions especially in relation to biodiversity conservation. She seeks to understand the influences of plant composition (native and introduced), plant species abundance and vegetation structure on plant and animal communities. Her research covers natural to urban habitats, from mountains to coast in temperate to tropical environments. She has held Royal Society of New Zealand and ministerial appointments on national and local advisory organisations, and has a long history of working with community groups in New Zealand and elsewhere. She is a Professor in the Department of Botany.

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Phil Seddon

Zoology Department

Phil's research focus is on the restoration of native species, particularly through the use of conservation translocation, including reintroduction. He is a member of the IUCN's Reintroduction Specialist Group, scientific advisor to a number of species recovery programmes in New Zealand and overseas, a Professor in Zoology, and Director of the Postgraduate Wildlife Management Programme at the University of Otago.  

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