Te Tai Ao - Natural Environment

Dr Phil Lyver

Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua

Phil’s research has used ecological science and indigenous and local knowledge to interpret changes in demographic trends and abundance of wildlife populations (e.g. terrestrial and marine birds). The key focus of his research has been on climatic and anthropogenic (e.g. harvest) drivers of population change, and the development of models to forecast population trends. He has expertise in interpreting ecosystem structure and function within scientific and indigenous worldviews, in particular the ways that different cultures ‘sense’ the environment.

Te Tai Ao - Natural Environment
Environment
Massey University
Te Tai Ao - Natural Environment
Environment

Dr Erica Williams

Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau a Āpanui
Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha)
NIWA - Taihoro Nukurangi

Erica (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau ā Apanui) started at NIWA in 1995. After completing a MSc (University of Waikato) developing a blue mussel embryo-larval toxicity test, she spent a number of years in the NIWA freshwater fisheries team. Here she gained skills in fish population studies, the downstream migration adult eels and fish passage through culverts.

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