Each year the Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust receives several applications for research and translocations on Hauturu, forwarded to it by the Department of Conservation for its assessment and comment. The nature of these applications is so important, and their potential cumulative effect so significant that the Trust decided that it would be beneficial if it could refer them to an informal panel of scientific advisers, all expert in their fields. Seven eminent scientists accepted the Trust’s invitation to join the panel. All have carried out research on Hauraki Gulf islands, including Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island. They are:
Associate Professor Jacqueline Beggs
An expert in invertebrate biology and ecology, and ecosystem restoration, who is an Entomologist at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland.
An expert in New Zealand native and adventive vascular flora, offshore island floristics and conservation, who is the Curator of Botany at Auckland Museum.
Dr James Russell
An expert in island conservation vertebrate ecology and invasive species, who is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Ecology at the School of Biological Sciences and Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland.
An expert in invertebrate biology, systematics and conservation, who is a Senior Tutor at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland.
Dr Nicola (Nicky) Nelson
An expert in terrestrial vertebrate biology and conservation, who is a Associate Professor, Programme Manager and Conservation Biology Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr Kevin Parker
An expert in avian biology and translocation, who is a conservation consultant.
An expert in plant/bird mutualisms, seed dispersal and population ecology, who is a Field Ecologist at the School of Biological Sciences/School of Environment, The University of Auckland.