Megan Rebekah Friesen

Msc., BSc., BA

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

I am interested in wildlife communication, sensory modes, ecology, and conservation, particularly as it related to seabirds and marine fauna.  

Current Rearch

My PhD research investigates sensory adaptations in petrels and shearwaters. Specifically: 1. the use of
vocalizations and odours for seabird conservation and management 2. The complexity of  petrel
vocal structures and chemical communication 3. Colour signals in petrels.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Anne Gaskett (primary)

Assoc. Prof. Jacqeuline Beggs (co-supervisory)

Areas of expertise

Seabird Ecology

Conservation and Management

Sensory Ecology

Avian Biology

Island Biology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Friesen, M. R. (2017). Seabird sensory ecology and conservation The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Friesen, M. R., Beggs, J. R., & Gaskett, A. C. (2016). Sensory-based conservation of seabirds: a review of management strategies and animal behaviours that facilitate success. Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society10.1111/brv.12308
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Gaskett, Jacqueline Beggs