- Current students
School of Environmental and Animal Sciences
B,Sc (Hons)., Cape Town, Ph.D., Cape Town
Ornithological Society of New Zealand
Nigel completed his PhD in 1991 while employed by the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town. His work at this time included investigations of the feeding biology and bioenergetics of sub-Antarctic penguins and seabird - commercial fish interactions off continental South Africa. Thereafter he took up a postdoctoral fellowship at Ben Gurion University of the Negev addressing aspects of water flux and temperature regulation in arid zone birds. On returning from Israel he taught at a number of South African Universities, including University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), University of Zululand and University of Natal (now University of Kwazulu Natal). Nigel currently contributes to courses that consider interactions between science and society, animal physiology and anatomy, wildlife management and conservation, behavioural ecology and research methods. These courses are delivered mainly into the Bachelor of Applied Science.
Nigel’s current research programme includes projects on: a) Hormonal responses to environmental stressors in endemic New Zealand birds. This research is informing the development of captive rearing and translocation protocols used to manage a range of threatened New Zealand birds. b) The conservation, ecology and management of the endemic South Island parrot, the Kea . c) Attitudes to animal welfare issues within New Zealand. This work is being carried out in collaboration with colleagues in the Department of natural Sciences, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Natural Sciences at Massey University, Department of Conservation, Landcare Research and the Kea Conservation Trust.
Adams, N. J., Boyer, S., Lefort, M. C., Doyle, E., Wilson, M., O'Rouke, C., Landers, T., & Ismar, S. (2018). Using DNA barcoding to analyse a seabird food chain in the Hauraki Gulf. Across All Realms - Sea, Land & Air-Our Seabird Taonga, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Huite Ananui A Tangaroana.
Gaskin, C., & Adams, NJ. (2018). Indirect effects on seabirds in northern North Island
Summary of activities carried out to collect samples from seabirds 2017-2018 (Milestone 3). Wellington, New Zealand, Department of Conservation (Vol. 3).
Rench, K., Andrews, P., Shields, B., Brooks, L., Nelson, A., Adams, N., & Fraser, D. (2018). Dissemination of biosecurity information and compliance of ferry passengers travelling to selected islands in the Hauraki Gulf. New Zealand Biosecruity Institute NETS2018 Shinning the Light on Innovation, Nelson.
Thomas, J. B., Adams, N. J., & Farnworth, M. J. (2017). Thomas, J. B., Adams, N. J., & Farnworth, M. J. (2017). Characteristics of ex-racing greyhounds in New Zealand and their impact on re-homing. Animal Welfare, 26(3), 345-354. Animal Welfare (Vol. 26).
Neverman, C., Lardner, J., Shields, B., Waipara, N., Adams, N., & Fraser, D. (2017). Biosecurity awareness of ferry passengers travelling to selected islands in the Huaraki Gulf. New Zealand Biosecurity Institute (NETS) Conference, Wellington.
O'Sullivan, R., Smith, H., Cook, J., Waipara, N., Adams, N., Aguilar, G., & Fraser, D. (2016). An assessment of the risk of spread of plague skink and Argentine ants by commercial businesses providing services or goods to selected inhabited islands of the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. New Zealand Biosecurity Institute NETS Conference, Auckland.
Graham, C., Dabb, H., Cook, J., Waipara, N., Adams, N., & Fraser, D. (2016). Getting the message out: Managing & promoting biosecurity awareness in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. New Zealand Biosecurity Institute NETS Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Cameron, K. E., Adams, N. J., Wassenaar, R. J., Bistricer, A., Brown, K. J., Halliday, A. D., Lodge-Osborn, K., Robson, E. A., Jones, G., Salinsky, J. R., & Fraser, D. L. (2016). The effectiveness of a commercially available bird repellent on house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Annual Science Week Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Gold Coast, Australia.
Cameron, K. E., Adams, N. J., Wassenaar, R. J., Bistricer, A., Brown, K. J., Halliday, A. D., Lodge-Osbourne, K. R., Robson, E. A., Jones, G., Salinsky, J. R., & Fraser, D. L. (2016). Behavioural methodologies for measuring the efficacy of repellent in sparrows (Passer domesticus). Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hall, C. M., Adams, N. J., Bradley, J. S., Bryant, K. A., Davis, A. A., Dickman, C. R., Fujita, T., Kobayashi, S., Lepczyk, C. A., McBride, E. A., Pollock, K. H., Styles, I. M., van Heezik, Y., Wang, F., & Calver, M. C. (2016). Community attitudes and practices of urban residents regarding predation by pet cats on wildlife: an international comparison. PLOS ONE (Vol. 11(4)).
Alach, J., Adams, N., Aguilar, G., Galbraith, M., & Fraser, D. (2015). Dispersal pattern of translocated northern brown kiwi, compared with established male kiwi at Mataia Restoration project, Kaipara, New Zealand. New Zealand Ornithological Annual Conference, Blenheim.
Wairepo, J., Wilson, M., Morgan, S., Adams, N., Fraser, D., Cook, J., & Waipara, N. (2015). Intensive surveillance confirms restricted distribution of plague skinks (Lampropholis delicate) on Great Barrier Island. New Zealand Biosecruity Institute Conference, Dunedin.
Dabb, H., Gibbons, R., Cook, J., Adams, N., & Fraser, D. (2015). An assessment of businesses as risk pathways for the spread of Argentine ants and rainbow skinks. New Zealand Biosecruity Institute Conference, Dunedin.
Farnworth, M. J., Barrett, L. A., Adams, N. J., Beausoleil, N. J., Weldgraaf, K., Hekmann, M., Chambers, J. P., Thomas, D. G., Waran, N. K., & Stafford, K. J. (2015). Assessment of a carbon dioxide laser for the measurement of thermal nociceptive thresholds following intra-muscular administration of analgesic drugs to pain-free female cats. Journal of Veterinary Analgesia (Vol. 42).
Morgan, S., Marshall, A., Cook, J., Waipara, N., Ward, D., McNatty, A., Adams, N., & 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, New Plymouth.
Farnworth, M.J., Adams, N.J., Keown, A.J., Waran, N.K., and Stafford, K.J. (2014). Veterinary provision of analgesia for domestic cats (Felis catus) undergoing gonadectomy: a comparison of samples from New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. New Zealand Veterinary Journal (Vol. 62).
Farnworth, M.J., Watson, H., and Adams, N.J. (2014). Understanding Attitudes Toward the Control of Nonnative Wild and Feral Mammals: Similarities and Differences in the Opinions of the General Public, Animal Protectionists, and Conservationists in New Zealand (Aotearoa). Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (Vol. 17).
Fraser, D. L., Blanchon, D. J., Adams, N., and Galbraith, M. (2014). The spread of the Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae) in New Zealand. 26th International Ornithological Congress, Tokyo, Japan, 18-24 August 2014.
Farnworth, MJ, Adams, NJ, Seksel, K., Waran, NK, Beausoleil, NJ, and Stafford, KF (2013). Veterinary attitudes towards pre-pubertal gonadectomy of cats: a comparison of samples from New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. New Zealand Veterinary Journal (Vol. 61).
Farnworth, M.J., Beausoliel, N.J., Adams, N.J., Barrett, L.A., Stevenson, M., Thomas, D.G., Waterland, M.R., Waran, N.K., and Stafford, K.J. (2013). Validating the use of carbon dioxide laser for assessing nociceptive thresholds in adult domestic cats (Felis catus). Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Vol. 143).
Adams, N.J., Parker, K.A., Cockrem, J.F., Brunton, D.H., and Candy, E.J. (2013). Inter-island differences in the corticosterone responses of North Island Saddlebacks (Philesturnus rufusater) in New Zealand do not suggest selective effects of translocation. Emu (Vol. 113).
Muir, R., Keown, AJ, Adams, NJ, and Farnworth, MJ (2013). Attitudes towards catch-and-release recreational angling, angling practices and perceptions of pain and welfare in fish in New Zealand. Animal Welfare (Vol. 22).
Roberts, L. G., Orr-Walker, T., Adams, N. J., and Kemp, J. R. (2013). Nurturing Collaboration:Conservation Outcomes for Kea. Zoo and Aquarium Association NZ Branch Annual Conference. Dunedin.
Farnworth, MJ, Barrett, LA, Adams, NJ, Beausoleil, NJ, Hekman, M., Thomas, DG, Waran, NK, Stafford, and KJ (2013). Body weight affects behavioural indication of thermal nociceptive threshold in adult domestic cats (Felis catus). Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Vol. 149).
Orr-Walker, T., Adams, N.J., Roberts, L., Kemp, J. R., and Spurr, E.B. (2012). Effectiveness of the bird repellents anthraquinone and d-pulegone on an endemic New Zealand parrot, the kea (Nestor notabilis). Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Vol. 137).
Farnworth, M.J., Adams, N.J., Seksel, K., Waran, N.K., Beausoleil, N.J., and Stafford, K.J. (2012). Veterinary attitudes towards pre-pubertal gonadectomy of cats: a comparison of samples from New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. New Zealand Veterinary Journal.
Adams, N.J., Kemp, J., Orr-Walker, T., and Roberts, L. (2011). Surveying the Southern Alps: Substantial differences in indices of kea (Nestor notabilis) abundance across its range may reflect response to pest management. Australasian Ornithological Conference, James Cook University, Cairns.
Adams, N.J., Farnworth, M.J., Rickett, J., Parker, K.A., and Cockrem, J.F. (2011). Behavioural and corticosterone responses to capture and confinement of wild blackbirds (Turdus merula). Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Vol. 134).
Keown, A.J., Farnworth, M.J., and Adams, N.J. (2011). Attitudes towards perception and management of pain in rabbits and guinea pigs by a sample of veterinarians in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal (Vol. 59).
Orr-Walker, T., Adams, N.J., Roberts, L.G., and Kemp, J.R. (2011). Effectiveness of the bird repellents on an endemic New Zealand parrot, the kea (Nestor notabilis). Society for Conservation Biology, 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Auckland, New Zealand, 5-9 December 2011.
Farnworth, M.J., Campbell, J., and Adams, N.J. (2010). What's in a name? Perceptions of stray and feral cat welfare and control in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (Vol. 14).
Adams, N.J., Parker, K.A., Cockrem, J.F., Brunton, D.H., and Candy, E.J. (2010). Corticosterone responses and post-release survival in translocated North Island saddlebacks (Philesturnus rufusater) in New Zealand. Emu Journal of Austral Ornithology (Vol. 110).
Campbell, J., Farnworth, M., and Adams, N. (2009). Attitudes toward, and implications for cats in New Zealand: Provision of care an awareness of legislation governing cat welfare. SPCA New Zealand 76th Annual Conference and AGM.
Adams, N.J., Cockrem, J.F., Candy, E.J., and Taylor, G.A. (2008). Non-precocial grey-faced petrel chicks (Pterodroma macroptera gouldi) show no age-related variation in corticosterone responses to capture and handling. General and Comparative Endocrinology (Vol. 157).
Adams, N.J., Parker, K.A., Cockrem, J.F., Farnworth, M.J., and Rickett, J. (2008). Hormonal stress responses to capture and confinement of wild birds: Implications for translocations. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference.
Adams, N. J., & Navarro, R. A. (2005). Foraging of a coastal seabird: Flight patterns and movements of breeding Cape gannets Morus capensis. African Journal of Marine Science, 27 (1), 239-248.
Adams, N. J., Cockrem, J. F., Taylor, C., Candy, E. J., & Bridges, J. (2005). Corticosterone responses of hand-reared and parent-reared grey-faced petrel chicks (Pterodroma macropter gouldi). Zoo Biology, 24, 283-290.
Adams, N., Cockrem, J. F., Taylor, G. A., Candy, E. J., & Bridges, J. (2005). Corticosterone responses of Grey-Faced Petrels (Pterodroma macroptera gouldi) are higher during incubation than during other breeding stages. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 78 (1), 69-77.
Adams, N., & Cockrem, J. (2005). Translocations and stress responses: Implications of immunosuppresion and reintroduction success. Presented to the First National Symposium on Conservation Medicine, 7-8 July, Auckland.
Adams, N. (2005). Physiology: Hormones, stress and translocations. Presented to the Auckland Science Teacher Association Biology Support Group 'Biology in context' Conference, 24 November, Auckland.
Soobramoney, S., Downs, C.T. & Adams, N.J.(2003). Physiological variability in the fiscal shrike Lanius collaris along an altitudinal gradient in South Africa. Thermal Biology, 28: 581-594.