Mr Spencer Malcolm McIntyre

MSc (Distinction) Trinity College Dublin. BS (Honors) Incarnate Word

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Spencer is an ecologist with a particular focus towards human-biodiversity conflict and its impact in ecosystem function and animal behaviour. He has formerly worked in South African game reserves, rural Irish ecosystems, and zoos to examine these interactions.

  • MSc (Distinction) Trinity College Dublin - Biodiversity & Conservation
    • Dissertation: Ecology and conservation of potential turlough systems in the East Burren Complex SAC, Co. Clare
    • Desk Study: Systematics of Libertia
  • BSc (Honors) University of the Incarnate Word - Biology

Research | Current

Spencer is currently conducting an integrative analysis of penguin and petrel health down environmental and urbanisation gradients of the Hauraki Gulf. This study will encompass seabirds of differing flight capacity to understand whether birds of differing mobility are equally impacted by the environmental gradient operating in the Hauraki Gulf. 

The team wishes to generate a sensitivity analysis of bird stress using a matrix model approach. This will allow identification of the most vulnerable life stages, and from where and when in the Gulf. From this a fuller account can be provided of how environmental change/urbanization affects seabirds and uncover the more subtle responses exhibited by seabirds in response to extrinsic and intrinsic drivers. Moreover, this can also be used to inform marine management plans as to when, and who, will be most affected by inferior environmental conditions, and what steps can be taken to ameliorate this.

Postgraduate supervision

Supervised by:

PhD:
Dr. Brendon Dunphy
Dr. Kristal Cain

MSc:
Prof. Steve Waldren
Prof. John Parnell

Distinctions/Honours

Doctoral Scholarship: University of Auckland
Distinction for Excellence in Postgraduate Research: Trinity College Dublin
Graduation with Honors: University of the Incarnate Word
Presidential Scholar: University of the Incarnate Word

Areas of expertise

Human-biodiversity conflict
Habitat suitability assessment and monitoring

Committees/Professional groups/Services

British Ecological Society

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

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Primary office location

THOMAS BUILDING EXTENSION - Bldg 110N
Level 1, Room 1002
3A SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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