Amin Rastandeh

Urban biodiversity in an era of climate change: towards an optimised landscape pattern in support of indigenous wildlife species in urban New Zealand

Amin’s research addresses how the spatial composition and configuration of land cover type classes scattered over urban landscapes may safeguard a specific collection of New Zealand flora and fauna against the adverse effects of climate change.

Using GIS and FRAGSTATS – Spatial Pattern Analysis Program for Categorical Maps, the research underpins a platform for incorporating knowledge of spatial ecology of wildlife species into landscape architecture to develop an insight into the concept of species-ecosystem mutualism in a Southern Hemisphere context.

This research is in line with recent worldwide leading initiatives for supporting urban biodiversity in a changing climate.

Supervisors

Maibritt Pedersen Zari and Daniel K Brown.