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Dr Manu Bird

Research Associate

Ecology and Conservation Group

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Massey University

Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: +64 021 08455006

Email: msd@massey.ac.nz          manubirdnz@gmail.com


Manu Bird has been associated with the Ecology and Conservation Group since its inception in 2004. Manu started with the group researching New Zealand’ threatened biodiversity for his PhD. Upon completing his doctorate, Manu joined the staff of Massey University as a Research Technician. After a career change to working for Auckland Council as an Ecologist, Manu maintained his academic association with the Ecology and Conservation Group when offered the position of Research Associate. Manu’s current involvement with the Group is as an adjunct lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate subjects of Conservation Biology and Wildlife Legislation. Within the Ecology and Conservation Group, Manu is a supervisor to MSc and PhD post graduate students

Manu is also a contract lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, teaching Ecotourism and Coastal & Marine Tourism. Manu has an academic association with the Centre for Environmental Justice, contributing review papers on current issues impacting the environment.

Manu’s research interests are in the applied field of resource management & environmental strategy and behaviour of shore and wading birds. Other research interests are ecotourism and critiquing the effectiveness of the Resource Management Act.


(Please note name change to Manu Bird)

Bird, M. (in press). Observation of simple tool use in a southern black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus). Notornis, 2017, Vol. 64: 1-xxx

Bird, M. 2017. Losing further, losing faster. Centre for Environmental Justice. http://www.ecojustice.nz/home/2017/1/23/losing-further-losing-faster

Bird, M. 2016. A convenient truth: New Zealand’s ineffective wildlife legislation. Centre for Environmental Justice .http://www.ecojustice.nz/home/2016/12/13/a-convenient-truth-new-zealands-ineffective-wildlife-legislation

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H. (2015). Public attitude towards conservation in New Zealand and awareness of New Zealand’s threatened species. Pacific Conservation Biology. Vol. 20(3)

Gsell, A.C., Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H., Brunton, D.H. (2014). Are wild rodents attracted to lure laboratory rats? Pacific Conservation Biology. Vol. 20(1): 108-115

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H. (2014). Observation of a mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) with a brood of 29 ducklings. Notornis. Vol. 61: 51-53

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H. (2013). New Zealand wildlife legislation: ineffective and in need of revision. Resource Management Bulletin. Vol. 10/7: 79-84

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H., Anderson, M.G. (2013). Observation of food presentation behaviour between individual shining cuckoo (Chalcites lucidus) in New Zealand. Notornis. Vol. 60: 249-251

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H. (2013). Observation of displaying behaviour between two immature southern black-backed gulls (larus dominicanus). Notornis. Vol. 60: 324-325

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H., Brunton, D.H. 2011. Introduced species in New Zealand – Their impacts on a biodiversity hotspot. Pacific Conservation Biology. Vol. 16: 230-236.

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H., Seabrook-Davison, J., Brunton, D.H. 2011. Discovery of a green frog (Litoria aurea) with five webbed feet – amphibian deformities and consequences of native and introduced frogs. Pacific Conservation Biology. Vol. 16: 270-273.

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H. 2010. Observation of an Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) depredating a ship rat (Rattus rattus). Notornis. Vol. 57: 100-101.

Seabrook-Davison M. N. H., Brunton D. H. & Ji W. 2010. New Zealand lacks comprehensive threatened species legislation – comparison with legislation in Australia and the USA. Pacific Conservation Biology. Vol. 16: 54-65.

Seabrook-Davison M. N. H., Brunton D. H. & Ji W. 2010. Survey of New Zealand Department of Conservation staff involved in the management and recovery of threatened species. Biological Conservation. Vol. 143, No. 1: 212-219.

Kevin A. Parker, K. A., Seabrook-Davison, M. N. H., Ewen, J. G. (2010) Opportunities for non-native ecological replacements in ecosystem restoration. Restoration Ecology. Vol. 18, No: 269–273.

Seabrook-Davison, M. N. H., Huynen L., Lambert D. M., Brunton D.H. 2009.Ancient DNA resolves identity and phylogeny of New Zealand’s extinct and living quail (Coturnix sp.). PLoSONE 4/7 e6400 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0006400.

Seabrook-Davison, M. N. H., Brunton D. H. & Ji W. 2009. Future direction for the conservation of New Zealand’s biodiversity. Pacific Conservation Biology. Vol. 15: 153-157.

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H., Anderson, M.G., Brunton D. H. (2008). First observation of pre-copulatory behaviour and copulation in shining cuckoos (Chalcites l. lucidus) in New Zealand. Notornis. Vol. 55: 220221.

Seabrook-Davison, M.N.H., Parker, K.A., Brunton D. H. (2008). Observation of an attack on a mature song thrush (Turdus philomelos) by a black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus). Notornis. Vol. 55: 219.