Dr Imogen Eleanor Bassett

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Honorary Academic


I am the Biosecurity Principal Advisor at Auckland Council. My background is in invasion ecology (biosecurity), and I maintain active research collaborations with members of the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity. Imogen.Bassett@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Research | Current

I am interested in a wide range of applied biosecurity research topics.


Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor's Science Policy Exchange member

Finalist Maori language awards local government section 2016

Kate Edger Postdoctoral Research Award

New Zealand Ecological Society New Researcher Award 2010: Best journal article by a new researcher in NZ Journal of Ecology in preceding year. 

Sir James Gunson Scholarship 2005:
Competitive award open to all NZ post-graduates researching in agriculture related areas.

Landcare Research/Weeds CRC PhD Scholarship 2004:
Internationally advertised scholarship, including stipend, operating budget and conference travel.

Science Faculty Study Award 2000

Senior Prize in Biological Sciences 1999

Top Student, Stage 1 Ecology and Conservation 1997

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Stanley, M. C., & Bassett, I. E. (2014). Environmental weeds in New Zealand: impacts and management. In A. Stow, N. Maclean, G. I. Holwell (Eds.) Austral Ark: The State of Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 134-161). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margaret Stanley
  • Bassett, I. E. (2014). Impacts on invertebrate fungivores: a predictable consequence of ground-cover weed invasion?. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-20. 10.1007/s10531-014-0634-5
  • Bassett, I. E., Thorpe, S., Beggs, J. R., Elliott, G. P., & Walker, K. J. (2014). Are nesting seabirds important determinants of invertebrate community composition on subantarctic Adams Island?. Polar Biology, 1-10. 10.1007/s00300-014-1454-5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24028
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Bassett, I. E., Paynter, Q., & Beggs, J. R. (2012). Invertebrate community composition differs between invasive herb alligator weed and native sedges. Acta Oecologica, 41, 65-73. 10.1016/j.actao.2012.04.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35452
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Bassett, I. E., Paynter, Q., Hankin, R., & Beggs, J. R. (2012). Characterising alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides; Amaranthaceae) invasion at a northern New Zealand lake. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 36 (2), 216-222. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35394
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Bassett, I., Paynter, Q., & Beggs, J. R. (2011). Invasive Alternanthera philoxeroides (alligator weed) associated with increased fungivore dominance in Coleoptera on decomposing leaf litter. Biological Invasions, 13 (6), 1377-1385. 10.1007/s10530-010-9896-3
  • Bassett, I. E., Paynter, Q., & Beggs, J. R. (2011). Effect of artificial shading on growth and competitiveness of Alternanthera philoxeroides (alligator weed). New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 54 (4), 251-260. 10.1080/00288233.2011.599396
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs
  • Bassett, I. E., Beggs, J. R., & Paynter, Q. (2010). Decomposition dynamics of invasive alligator weed compared with native sedges in a Northland lake. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 34 (3), 324-331.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Beggs