Miss Cathy Nottingham

BSc, BN, MSc

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Effects of landscape connectivity on invasive mammalian predators in agricultural ecosystems

Biodiversity loss in New Zealand has been rapid since humans arrived bringing with them invasive mammals and causing landscape-level changes with land converted to agriculture. Sheep and beef farms make up approximately 40% of the total area of New Zealand which is greater than the total area conservation estate (31%). These farms contain 25% of native vegetation in New Zealand meaning that the best gains in biodiversity are to be made by improving biodiversity on this land use type. A larger NSC (Bioheritage) project aims to increase the biodiversity and vegetation on farms with an emphasis on landscape-scale connectivity to allow movement of native animals, particularly native birds. However, increasing the connectivity for native species could also facilitate the movement and populations of invasive mammals, negating the biodiversity benefits. Invasive mammals pose the single greatest threat to New Zealand’s natural ecosystems and are a major contributing cause of biodiversity loss and extinctions. My project aims to investigate how vegetation spatial arrangement and connectivity at the landscape level influence the abundance, distribution and movement of invasive predators on sheep and beef farms.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Margaret Stanley

Dr Hannah Buckley

Dr Brad Case

Dr Al Glen

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Nottingham, C. M., Glen, A. S., & Stanley, M. C. (2019). Proactive development of invasive species damage functions prior to species reintroduction. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, 1710.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00534
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Stanley
  • Nottingham, C. M. (2018). The Impact of Hedgehogs in Urban Forest Fragments The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43429

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 102
New Zealand