Kate Richardson

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Institute of Zoology
Regents Park

Kate Richardson
Kate Richardson


My interest in hihi began with my MSc research, which was focused around the reintroduction of hihi from Tiritiri Matangi Island to a mainland site in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges in 2007. Carrying out the post-release monitoring subsequent to this translocation sparked my interest in dispersal behaviour, and it’s relevance to mainland reintroductions – both in the immediate post-release phase and through ongoing dispersal of both adults and juveniles. Prior to this I had completed a BSc (Biology) at the University of Waikato, and a PGDipSci (Environmental Science) at the University of Auckland.

My PhD is focused on the individual and environmental factors influencing both natal and post-release dispersal in hihi, and on determining the short- and long-term effects of the translocation procedures associated with mainland reintroductions.