PhD University of Leeds | MSc University of Aberdeen | BSc University of York
Kia ora. I was born and studied in the United Kingdom, including two years in Scotland where I studied for a Masters in Environmental Science and subsequently conducted river habitat surveys for the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology. I have been involved in community-driven conservation from an early age in a variety of countries and settings. I moved to Wellington in 2002. I love the compact nature of the city, its network of bush reserves, hills and sweeping harbour, and the fact that I can see tūī, kererū and kākā (native honey-eater, woodpigeon and parrot, respectively) on my walk in to work. My current research is taxonomically diverse; it includes monitoring forest biodiversity in the Aorangi and Remutaka Ranges in response to control of introduced mammals, a wetland restoration project near Lake Wairarapa and a study of urban nature called People, Cities & Nature.
Theme lead | People, Cities & Nature urban ecology project
Associate Editor | NZ Journal of Botany (2011-2017)
My research encompasses topics in conservation biology, ecological restoration and invasive species ecology; combining the approaches of field observation, experimentation and spatial modelling.
Current research includes:
- Wetland restoration - vegetation succession, tree growth and survival under different management regimes
- Forest ecosystem responses to widespread possum and rodent control.
- Urban ecology and citizen science
- Predicting the future distribution of invasive species using bioclimatic and physiological models.
- Developing efficient monitoring techniques for birds, mammals and invertebrates (to assist all of the above)
Cook A & Hartley S. (2018) Efficient sampling of avian acoustic recordings: intermittent subsamples improve estimates of single species prevalence and total species richness. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13(1):21 article
Romijn RL & Hartley S (2016) Trends in lizard translocations in New Zealand between 1988 and 2013. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 43: 191-210. abstract
Hasenbank M & Hartley S (2015) Weaker resource diffusion effect at coarser spatial scales observed for egg distribution of cabbage white butterflies. Oecologia 177: 423-430. abstract
Cooling M, Hartley S, Sim DA, Lester PJ (2012) The widespread collapse of an invasive species: Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) in New Zealand. Biology Letters 8: 430-433. abstract | review in The Economist
Hartley S, Krushelnycky PD & Lester PJ (2010) Integrating physiology, population dynamics and climate to make multi-scale predictions for the spread of an invasive insect: the Argentine ant at Haleakala National Park, Hawaii. Ecography 33: 83-94. abstract
Hartley S, Harris R, & Lester PJ (2006) Quantifying uncertainty in the potential distribution of an invasive species: climate and the Argentine ant. Ecology Letters. 9: 1068-1079. abstract