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Senior Researcher - John Innes

Senior Researcher – Wildlife Ecology John Innes

John grew up in Taranaki and worked at the then Forest Research Institute in Rotorua, followed by time with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (Hamilton). He has charted the diverse paths of ecosanctuaries of various kinds and chairs the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for Maungatautari, the only large (3,300 ha) pest-fenced ecosanctuary.

Working with kōkako recovery, John will tell their story with a diversion into how everyone forgot that possums were bird predators for 60 years will suggest the predator-free NZ vision would do better to focus more on biodiversity outcomes. He’s also worked with kakī (black stilts), tūī, kererū, magpies and kiwi, and currently takahē recovery.

He’ll show and talk about pest interactions with birds and with each other. His more than 40 years of mammalian predator study give him the opportunity to describe major regimes (island eradications, aerial 1080, unfenced ecosanctuaries, pest-fenced ecosanctuaries) of pest management discussing their merits and challenges.

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