Mel Galbraith

Senior Lecturer
Environmental and Animal Sciences
Location: Building 115, Room 2011
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Qualifications

BSc., MSc (Hons) Auck.

Professional memberships

New Zealand Ecological Society (President)
Ornithological Society of New Zealand (Regional Recorder, Auckland)
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (Biodiversity subcommittee)
Uruamo Ecological Society (Chairperson)
New Zealand Biosecurity Institute
Motu Kaikoura Trust (Vice-Chairperson)

Profile

Mel came to Unitec with twenty year's experience in biology and science education. His interest in natural history, especially ornithology, has lead to involvement in many ecological restoration projects. Initially these have been on islands, but increasingly are within urban Auckland. Mel’s application of ecology has been focussed on 5 projects in particular:  Tiritiri Matangi Island; the Miranda RAMSAR site; Chatham Island taiko expedition; the Waitemata Coastal Sanctuary Project (North Shore, Auckland); and the restoration of Motu Kaikoura.
Mel was awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand Science and Mathematics Teacher Fellowship in 1997, and is a past member of the Auckland Conservation Board and the editorial board of the Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning.

Publications

Watson, L., Galbraith, M., Fraser, D., & Nicholson, K. (2016). Spoilt for Choice - foods of the black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus) in urban Auckland. Birds New Zealand Conference, Napier, New Zealand.

Galbraith, M. P., Bollard-Breen, B., & Towns, D. R. (2016). The Community-Conservation Conundrum: Is Citizen Science the Answer? LAND (Vol. 5(37)).

Galbraith, M., Watson, L., Fraser, D., & Nicholson, K. (2016). Spoilt for choice - foods of the black-backed gull in urban Auckland. Paper presented at 29th Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Galbraith, M. P., Bollard-Breen, B., & Towns, D. R. (2016). Community participation in ecological restoration - generating "accidental" scientists? Joint conference of the NZ Ecological Society / Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Fraser, D. L., Aguilar, G., Nagle, W., Galbraith, M., & Ryall, C. (2015). The house crow (Corvus splendens): a threat to New Zealand? ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (Vol. 4(2)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3215

Galbraith, M., Krzyżosiak, J., Aguilar, G., Jones, G., & Oliver, R. (2015). Changes in the breeding status of the southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) colonies on Rangitoto Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand). Notornis (Vol. 62).

Fraser, D., Aguilar, G., Nagle, W., Galbraith, M., & Ryall, C. (2015). Modelling suitable habitat for the house crow in New Zealand. Australasian Ornithological Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Galbraith, M., Krzyżosiak, J., Aguilar, G., & Jones, G. (2015). Changes in the breeding status of the southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) on Rangitoto Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand) since the 1920s. Australasian Ornithological Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Galbraith, M., Krzyżosiak, J., Aguilar, G., & Jones, G. (2015). Changes in the breeding status of the southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) on Rangitoto Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand) since 1920. Birds New Zealand (South Auckland region), Papakura.

Galbraith, M P., Pulham, G., Bendall, J., & Taylor, M. (2015). South Kaipara Lakes (Auckland) - surveys and changes since the 1960s. Birds New Zealand conference (30 May - 1 June), Blenheim.

Galbraith, M., & Blanchon, D. (2015). Biology is not alone: the interdisciplinary nature of biosecurity. Unitec ePress Perspectives in Biosecurity Research Series (Vol. 1).

Galbraith, M., Krzyżosiak, J., Aguilar, G., & Jones, G. (2015). Changes in the breeding status of the southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) on Rangitoto Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand) since 1920. Forest & Bird, North Shore Branch, Takapuna, Auckland.

Galbraith, M. P. (2014). Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand: conservation outcomes though connection with birds. 26th International Ornithological Congress, 18-24 August 2014, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.

Galbraith, M. (2014). 26th International Ornithological Congress (Tokyo) and Hokkaido wetlands. Ornithological Society of New Zealand, 2 Sept 2014, Auckland.

Fraser, D., Galbraith, M., Adams, N., and Blanchon, D. (2014). Range expansion of the spur-winged plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) in New Zealand. Notornis (Vol. 61).

Galbraith, M., Krzyżosiak , J., Aguilar , G., and Jones, G. (2014). Changes in the breeding status of the southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) on Rangitoto Island (Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand) since 1920. New Zealand Ecological Society conference, Palmerston North 16-20 November 2014.

Fraser, D., Galbraith, M., Adams, N., and Blanchon, D. (2014). The spread of the spur-winged plover in New Zealand. Birds New Zealand (Auckland), 2 June meeting (Ornithological Society of NZ).

Nicholson, J. H., Gallager, K., Galbraith , M., and Adams, N. J. (2014). Wetland bird communities in the Waiatarua Reserve. New Zealand Bird Conference (Ornithological Society of NZ), Palmerston North, 31 May - 2 June.

Graham, M., Veitch, D., Aguilar, G., and Galbraith, M. (2014). Monitoring terrestrial bird populations on Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand: a 24-year study between 1987 and 2010. New Zealand Bird Conference (Ornithological Society of NZ), Palmerston North, 31 May - 2 June.

Galbraith, M. P., Tennyson, A., Shepherd, L., Robinson, P., and Fraser, D. (2014). High altitude New Zealand record for a Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus). 26th International Ornithological Congress, 18-24 August 2014, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.

Fraser, D., Adams, N., Galbraith, M., and Blanchon, D. (2014). Native and invasive: the changing fate of the spur-winged plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) in New Zealand. New Zealand Ecological Society conference, Palmerston North 16-20 November 2014.

Morgan, S., Marshall, A., Cook, J., Ward, D., Galbraith, M., and Fraser, D. (2014). Risk pathways of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) and the plague skink (Lampropholis delicata) from Rodney district businesses to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. New Zealand Ecological Society conference, Palmerston North 16-20 November 2014.

Nicholson, J., Gallagher, K., Adams, N., and Galbraith, M. (2014). Utilisation of a restored urban wetland by waterbirds. New Zealand Ecological Society conference, Palmerston North 16-20 November 2014.

Galbraith, M. (2014). Tiritiri Matangi island - rat eradication and beyond. Symposium: 50th Anniversary of rodent eradications in New Zealand, University of Auckland 10 September 2014.

Galbraith, M. (2014). 26th International Ornithological Congress (Tokyo) and Hokkaido wetlands. Birds New Zealand, Auckland meeting, Unitec, 7 October 2014.

Galbraith, M., and Cooper, H. (2013). Tiritiri Matangi - an overview of 25 years of ecological restoration. New Zealand Journal of Ecology (Vol. 37(3)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2652

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Biogeography of New Zealand birds. Green River Community College, presentation to Dept. of Biology. Auburn, USA.

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Ecological restoration of Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. University of Puget Sound, seminar to Dept of Biology. Tacoma, USA.

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Ecological restoration of Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. University of Washington, seminar to School of Environmental Science. Tacoma, USA.

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Ecological restoration of Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand. University of Washington, seminar to School of Environmental & Forest Sciences. Seattle, USA.

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). The importance of biosecurity in New Zealand. University of Washington, seminar to Dept of Biology Ecology/Evolution/Systematics. Seattle, USA.

Galbraith, M. (2013). Tiritiri Matangi - changes in bird populations over 20 years of ecological restoration. Biology in Context 2013. Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Galbraith, M., Craig, J., Mitchell, N., and Cooper, H. (2013). Introduction to the special issue on Tiritiri Matangi Island. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, ISSN 0110-6465 (Vol. 37(3)).

Galbraith, M. P., and Jones, G. (2013). Aspects of the quantitative surveys of birds on Motu Kaikoura, Hauraki Gulf over the past 6 years. Restoration in the Hauraki Gulf Workshop. University of Auckland, 18 Feb 2013.

Graham, M., Veitch, D., Aguilar, G., and Galbraith, M. (2013). Monitoring terrestrial bird populations on Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand, 1987-2010. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, ISSN 0110-6465 (Vol. 37(3)).

Galbraith, M. P. (2013). Terrestrial ecology of the Whau catchment. Whau River Catchment Trust Symposium. Auckland.

Galbraith, M. (2013). Restoration in the Hauraki Gulf - a workshop hosted by the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity. New Zealand Ecological Society Newsletter (Vol. 144).

Fraser, D., Galbraith, M., Blanchon, D., and Adams, N. (2013). The spread of the spur-winged plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) in New Zealand. NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference, Greymouth, 31st July-2nd August 2013.

Galbraith, M., Fraser, D., and Visser, P. (2013). Estimating relative abundance of ants using electronic colour analysis. NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference, Greymouth. 31st July-2nd August 2013.

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Biogeography of New Zealand birds. Raincoast Education Society, Tofino Botanical Gardens. Tofino, Canada.

Galbraith, M., Tennyson, A., Shepherd, L., Robinson, P., and Fraser, D. (2013). High altitude New Zealand Record for a long-tailed skua (Stercorarius longicaudus). Notornis, ISSN 0029-4470 (Vol. 60).

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Biogeography of New Zealand birds. National Audubon Society, Vashon-Maury Island chapter. Vashon, USA.

Galbraith, M.P. (2013). Biogeography of New Zealand birds. Washington Ornithological Society. Seattle, USA.

Galbraith, M. (2013). Public and ecology - the role of volunteers on Tiritiri Matangi Island. New Zealand Journal of Ecology (Vol. 37(3)).

Martin, T., and Galbraith, M. (2012). Motu Kaikoura biodiversity management plan. ISBN 978-0-473-21639-9.

Galbraith, M. (2012). Biological collections as a teaching strategy. Biology in Context 2012, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Galbraith, M.P., and Fraser, D. (2012). Estimating relative abundance of ants using electronic colour analysis. NZ Biosecurity Institute (Auckland Branch) meeting, Mangawhai 21 Nov.

Dixon, T., and Galbraith, M. (2012). Population and flight paths of South Island pied oystercatchers at Auckland Airport. Ornithological Society of New Zealand Conference, Tauranga, 2-3 June 2012.

Krzyzosiak, J., and Galbraith, M. (2012). Aspects of the ecology of the Southern black backed gull (Larus dominicanus) on Rangitoto Island. Ornithological Society of New Zealand Conference, Tauranga, 2-3 June 2012.

Blanchon, D., Elliott, C., Ennis, I., Hayward, G., Galbraith, M., and Aguilar, G. (2011). A lichen species list for Motu Kaikoura, Fitzroy Harbour, Great Barrier Island. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, ISSN 0013-4132 (Vol. 66 (2)).

Blanchon, D., Pusateri, J., Galbraith, M., and Thorpe, S. (2011). Sampling indigenous ground-living beetles in a stand of non-native tree privet (Ligustrum lucidum) in New Zealand raises new management questions. Ecological Management & Restoration, ISSN 1442-8903 (Vol. 12 (3)).

Galbraith, M., Blanchon, D., Fraser, D., and Jones, G. (2011). Biosecurity as a degree pathway. NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference 2011. Auckland.

Fraser, D.L., Aguillar, G., Galbraith, M., and Nagle, W. (2011). The Indian House Crow (Corvus splendens): A threat to New Zealand? NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference 2011. Auckland.

Pusateri, J.T., Blanchon, D., and Galbraith, M. (2011). Biosecurity and the art of cleaning insects: the fusion of art and science. Impact 7: International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference 2011. Monash University, Melbourne.

Galbraith, M., and Jones, G. (2011). Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand: Conservation education through community involvement. 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology. Auckland.

Galbraith, M., and Jones, G. (2011). Motu Kaikoura: aspects of quantitative birds surveys 2006-2010. Ornithological Society of New Zealand Scientific Day. Lower Hutt.

Martin, J., Galbraith, M., and Aguilar, G. (2011). Modelling of the potential distribution of an invasive species in New Zealand: the rosy wolf snail (Euglandina rosea). NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference 2011. Auckland.

Slingsby-Jones, C., Galbraith, M., and Aguilar, G. (2011). Potential impact and distribution of the common house gecko Hemidactylus frenatus in New Zealand. NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference 2011. Auckland.

Gilchrist, R., Galbraith, M., and Aguilar, G. (2011). Modelling the potential distribution of an invasive species in New Zealand: the yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes. NETS, NZ Biosecurity Institute Conference 2011. Auckland.

Galbraith, M. (2011). Book Review: Practical field ecology. NZ Ecological Society Newsletter. (Vol. 138).

Galbraith, M. (2011). Book Review: Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand 4th Edition. NZ Ecological Society Newsletter (Vol. 137).

Galbraith, M. (2011). An overview of a taxonomic group: Procellariformes - the 'tube noses'. Biology in Context 2011, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Galbraith, M., and Jones, G. (2010). Bird fauna of Motu Kaikoura, New Zealand. Notornis, ISSN 0029-4470 (Vol. 57 (1)).

Galbraith, M. (2010). Motu Kaikoura - restoration update. Forest and bird (West Auckland).

Galbraith, M. (2010). Ecology: NZ falcon at work in vineyards. Biology in Context 2010, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Galbraith, M. (2009). Environmental value of Uruamo Headland and environs. Beach Haven/Birkdale Residents Association.

Galbraith, M. (2009). Avifauna of Motu Kaikoura. Ornithological Society of New Zealand.

Galbraith, M. (2009). Biodiversity Conservation in New Zealand (Keynote Speaker). Wai Care Expo.

Galbraith, M. (2009). Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary New Zealand. Ecological Management and Restoration (Vol. 10 (2)).

Galbraith, M. (2009). Mainland Island proposal for Uruamo Headland. Community Services and Parks Committee, North Shore City Council.

Galbraith, M. (2009). Uruamo Ecological Society. Rotary Club of Birkenhead.

Galbraith, M. (2009). Mainland Island proposal for Uruamo Headland. Hauraki Gulf Forum.

Blanchon, D., Ennis, I., Lockett, C., and Galbraith, M. (2008). The lichen diversity of Motu Kaikoura. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference.

Blanchon, D., and Galbraith, M. (2008). Beauty in the eye of the beholder: Biodiversity, biosecurity and the importance of perception Essay in exhibition catalogue. 'Fallen' by J. T. Pusateri (Vol. Auckland).

Galbraith, M. (2008). Avifauna of Motu Kaikoura, Great Barrier. Ornithological Society of New Zealand Scientific Day.

Galbraith, M. (2008). Public and ecology - The role of advocacy on Tiritiri Matangi island. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference.

Galbraith, M. (2008). Ecology: Exploring the concept of ecological niche. Biology in Context 2008, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Galbraith, M. (2007). Uruamo headland: Ecological restoration and urban issues. NZES Conference 2007.

Galbraith, M. (2007). Bird life on Motu Kaikoura. Motu Kaikoura Trust Evening Talks.

Galbraith, M. (2007). Motu Kaikoura - degraded avifauna diversity the result of fallow deer? New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2007.

Galbraith, M. (2007). Motu kaikoura. Auckland Branch of the Ornithological Society of NZ.

Galbraith, M., Jones, G., Davies, N., and Galbraith, T. (2007). Preliminary bird survey report. Kaikoura, M. Motu Kaikoura.

Galbraith, M., and Clendon, D. (2007). Biology is not alone: the interdisciplinary nature of biosecurity. SocCon 2007 Conference 'People and Perspectives'.

Galbraith, M. (2007). Biosecurity: Modelling species invasion risk. Biology in Context 2007, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Kahui-McConnell, R., and Galbraith, M. (2006). Ngati whatua o orakei papakainga- establishing cultural and environmental linkages to inform ecological management. New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australian Joint Conference 'Ecology across the Tasman 2006'.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Translocation monitoring - Tiritiri Matangi. Species Translocation Workshop (Sanctuaries Workshops Series).

Galbraith, M. (2006). Biodiversity conservation: Translocation of fernbird to Tiritiri Matangi Island - why? Auckland Science Teachers Association Biology Support Group.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Big, black and walking: An introduction to the biogeography of New Zealand's fauna. South Auckland branch of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Chelsea Park. Forest and Bird Society (Central Auckland) meeting.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Bird speak - An introduction to bird behaviour. Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi meeting.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Biosecurity as a degree pathway. 'B Spacific', New Zealand Biosecurity Institute Seminar.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Waitemata coastal sanctuary project- ecology informing management in an urban landscape. New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australian Joint Conference 'Ecology across the Tasman 2006'.

Galbraith, M. (2006). Pupurangi, the kauri snail. Harvey, B. Waitakere ranges: Ranges of inspiration.

Cooling, V., and Galbraith, M. (2006). Mapping the risk of a pest snail. Biosecurity, ISSN 1174-4257 (Vol. 69).

Galbraith, M. (2006). Biodiversity conservation: Translocation of fernbird to Tiritiri Matangi Island - why? Biology in Context 2006, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Parsons, S., and Galbraith, M. (2006). Diversity of New Zealand's terrestrial and freshwater fauna. Biology Aotearoa, S. Parsons (Ed.), ISBN 1-877268-00-3.

Galbraith, M. (2005). Member, editorial advisory board. Landscape and Urban Planning.

Galbraith, M. (2005). Ecology: Ecosystem goods and services. Presented to the Auckland Science Teacher Association Biology Support Group 'Biology in context' Conference, 24 November, Auckland.

Galbraith, M. (2005). Uruamo headland: a model for urban environmental management, Proceedings of the EIANZ Conference (CD Rom ed.). Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, 29 March-1 April, Christchurch.

Parsons, G., & Galbraith, M. (2005). Diversity of New Zealands terrestrial and freshwater fauna. In S. Parsons (Ed.), Biology Aotearoa: Unique flora, fauna and fungi (pp. 53-63). Auckland: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Galbraith, M., Ussher, G., & Fordham, S. (2004). Science and community: A research partnership on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Presented to the New Zealand Ecological Society Annual Conference, 29 August - 5 September, Invercargill, New Zealand.

Galbraith, M. (2004). Restoration at Uruamo Headland. Presented to the Landcare Research Workshop: Research in Ecological Restoration - New ideas, approaches and concepts, 26 November, Auckland, New Zealand.

Galbraith, M., Jones, G., & Agnew, W. (2002). CD tracking tunnels for environmnental education projects in schools. Presented to the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education conference, 17-19 January, Hamilton.

Galbraith, M. (2002). Potential for an urban biosphere reserve in Auckland, New Zealand. Presented to the joint meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society, 1-6 December, Cairns.

Galbraith, M. (2002). Environmental management by accord - an urban model 'A Place for You'. Presented to the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education Conference, 17-19 January, Hamilton.

Galbraith, M. (2001). Tiritiri Matangi Island: 25 Years as a Reserve. Presented to the New Zealand Ecological Society 50th Jubillee conference, 27-30 August, Christchurch.

Galbraith, M. (2001). Public Rewards as Pathways to Success in Ecological Restoration: The Tiritiri Matangi Island (New Zealand) Experience. Presented to the Society for Conservation Biology 15th Annual Meeting, 29 July - 1 August, Hawaii.

Galbraith, M. (2001). Panel member, Firth of Thames Ramsar Site Workshop. Presented to the Ecoquest Education Foundation, Miranda Shorebird Centre, 16 November, Miranda.

Galbraith, M. (2001). Tiritiri Matangi Island and the Role of Volunteers. Presented to the Colloquium on Private Conservation, 1 September, Albany.

Galbraith, M. P. (2000). Uruamo Headland (North Shore City, Auckland): An Urban Remnant Conserving Ecological Goods and Services, Nature Conservation 5: Nature Conservation in Production Environments: Managing the Matrix (pp. 440-447). Taupo: Surrey Beatty and Sons, Chipping Norton, 4 November 1997, Taupo.

Galbraith, M. (2000). Tiritiri Matangi Island Restoration. Presented to the Takapuna Lions Club, 2 October, Auckland.

Galbraith, M. (2000). Uruamo Headland: Urban Ecological Management by Accord. Presented to the New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, 19-23 November, Hamilton.

Galbraith, M. P. (2000). Uruamo Headland (North Shore City, Auckland): An Urban Remnant Conserving Ecological Goods and Services. In J. L. Craig, N. Mitchell, & D. A. Saunders (Eds.), Nature Conservation 5: Nature Conservation in Production Environments: Managing the Matrix (pp. 440-447). Chipping Norton, Australia: Surrey Beatty and Sons. Paper presented at the conference, November, Taupo.