Graham Parker

Curriculum Vitae of Graham Parker

I have been involved in conservation and wildlife management and research since 2002, including extensive work with forest birds, invasive mammals and various aspects of southern ecosystems and seabirds.

Much of my recent work is seabird conservation research, both on land and at sea and I have worked with many seabird species. Robust quantification of incidental seabird mortality in commercial fisheries is a major focus, along with developing innovative mitigation techniques to reduce incidental seabird mortality.

The eradication of invasive mammals from subantarctic islands is another driving interest, especially quantifying the impacts of pest eradications on non-target species.

I have extensive experience conducting field work in extremely remote locations, both on land and at sea, for up to 13 months at a time. I plan, conduct and report on this work along with producing the associated scientific publications and management reports.

I particularly enjoy finding solutions to challenging conservation issues for governments, industry and NGOs whether it is in commercial fisheries, agri-forestry, wind-farms, private land or the conservation estate.


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Science (with distinction), Wildlife Management, Otago University, New Zealand
Thesis title: Breeding biology, nest survival and conservation management of South Island robins Petroica australis in conifer-plantation and native forests

Post-Graduate Diploma in Science (with distinction), Wildlife Management, Otago University, New Zealand

Bachelor of Science, Ecology, Otago University, New Zealand

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS HELD

2017 Consultant Biologist, Department of Conservation, Adams and Disappointment Islands, Auckland Islands

During the 2016-17 Parker Conservation conducted a demographic study of Gibson's wandering albatrosses for Albatross Research, trialed two methods to obtain population estimates for light-mantled sooty albatross, provided support for the last of three years of a demographic, population and tracking study of white chinned petrels, and continued the establishment of a demographic study of White-capped albatrosses.

2017 Consultant Biologist, Southern Seabird Solutions Trust

Graham conducted a review of mitigation measures used to prevent the incidental mortality of seabirds in New Zealand commercial fisheries. This project assessed the extent to which each mitigation measure has been developed/tested against the criteria of the international Agreement for the Conservation of Albatross and Petrels (ACAP). The aim was to allow funders and stakeholders to plan the type of support each mitigation measure may need and prioritise among them where needed.  This project also aimed to inform fishermen of the status of each of these mitigation measures. 

2016 Consultant Biologist, Otago, New Zealand

Wenita Forestry Products contracted Parker Conservation to investigate non-target mortality of Kārearea  / NZ falcons in conifer plantations during a 1080 poison operation conducted by TB Free New Zealand. 

2016 Consultant Biologist, North Island robin translocations

Parker Conservation conducted two translocations of North Island robins. Birds were sourced from the Mangatutu Ranges and Tiritiri Matangi Island and translocated to Bream Head, Whangarei Heads, and Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland.

2016 Consultant Biologist, Adams and Disappointment Islands, Auckland Islands

During the 2015-16 summer Parker Conservation conducted the first quantitative population estmate of Northern giant petrels in the Auckland Islands, collaborated with the University of Otago to continue a demographic, population and tracking study of white chinned petrels, conducted a demographic study of Gibson's wandering albatrosses for Albatross Research and worked with NIWA to continue a demographic study of White-capped albatrosses.

2015 Consultant Biologist, Otago, New Zealand

Avian surveys were conducted for Wenita Forest Products (WFP) in ten areas of the plantation estate. Surveys focused on Rare, Threatened and Endangered avian species (RTE) as recognised by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), of which WFP are a member. New Zealand falcon were the focus of the RTE surveys and presence absence surveys were conducted for all other avian species.

2015 Consultant Biologist, Bream Head Conservation Trust

We explored terrestrial and marine avian translocation options for Bream Head, starting with a general description of translocation processes and requirements, and then apply these to Bream Head and the Whangarei Heads as a whole.

2015 Consultant Biologist, Dunedin, New Zealand

Parker Conservation was contracted by the Department of Conservation (DOC) Conservation Services Program (CSP) to produce a critical literature review of methods, with recommendations, for estimating population sizes of burrowing petrels based on extrapolation from survey. Emphasis was placed on Procellaria petrels of high importance to DOC CSP.

2015 Consultant Biologist to National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Department of Conservation. Disappointment, Adams and Campbell Islands, New Zealand

As part of a three-person team we quantified the population of white-chinned petrels and established a mark-recapture study of white-capped albatrosses on Disappointment Island, retrieved and deployed GLS data-loggers from white-chinned petrels on Adams Island, trialled a boat based survey of light-mantled sooty albatrosses on Campbell Island, retrieved and deployed GLS data-loggers on southern royal albatrosses and obtained band re-sightings and attempted to retrieve GLS data-loggers from Campbell and grey-headed albatrosses.

2014 Government Observer, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia Island

I was a government representative during a five week geological research cruise conducted from the United States Antarctic Icebreaker Nathaniel B Palmer on and around South Georgia Island. My role was to ensure measures outlined in the project Environment Impact Assessment and Incidental Harassment were followed. 

2014 Consultant Biologist, Campbell Island, NZ

Parker Conservation collaborated with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to undertake research into grey petrels Procellaria cinerea at Campbell Island, New Zealand. The key objectives were defining the spatial extent of breeding colonies, estimating colony densities and obtaining an estimate of burrow occupancy. I also assisted with vessel based southern right whale research.

2014 Advisor, F.V. Management Services Ltd and Dragonfly Science, Wellington, NZ

I’m providing advice on two projects; the development of better trawl warp protection to prevent incidental seabird mortality and an investigation into cryptic (undetected)  seabird mortality in New Zealand commercial fisheries.

2014 Field Biologist, Albatross Research and NIWA, Adams Island, Auckland Islands, NZ

I collected data as part of a long-term study on Gibsons wandering albatrosses (Diomedea gibsoni), conducted preliminary research on White-chinned petrels (Procellaria aequinoctialis) and retrieved data-loggers from white-headed petrels (Procellaria lessonii).

2013 Scientific Assistant, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia Island

I quantified non-target mortality resulting from an aerial eradication of rats. This included systematic surveys for non-target impacts and necropsies of all located carcasses.

2011-2013 Seabird Ecologist, Falkland Islands Fisheries Department, Falkland Islands

My role was to quantify interactions between seabirds and trawl fishing vessels and conduct at-sea research to better quantify incidental seabird mortality. For example, I ran a groundbreaking experiment to quantify cryptic mortality. I designed, constructed and trialled novel equipment to reduce the incidental mortality of seabirds.  I also provided fishers with education and seabird advocacy material as well as reporting to a range of stakeholders.

2012 Research Biologist, Falklands Conservation & Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Falkland Islands

I was involved in investigating the feasibility of eradicating introduced house mice from Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands.

2012 Scientific Assistant, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands & RSPB, South Georgia Island

As part of a five person team, I evaluated the effectiveness of a proposed baiting strategy designed to eradicate house mice in two sites on South Georgia Island.

2009-2011 Senior Research Technician, RSPB, Gough Island

I collected demographic data on threatened seabird species and two endemic terrestrial birds, initiated research projects on invasive plant species and researched the feasibility of eradicating invasive house mice.

2008-2009 Field Technician: Falcon monitoring, Golder Associates, Dunedin, NZ

I assisted in a study quantifying native falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae) habitat use and breeding activity in relation to the construction of a wind farm.

2008-2009 Team Leader, Alpine Research Group, Otago University, Dunedin, NZ

I was responsible for supervising research students when conducting remote fieldwork.

2007-2008 Research Assistant, Otago University, Silverpeaks Forest Park, NZ

I established a research project on a threatened forest passerine, the South Island robin Petroica australis.

2006-2007 Research Assistant, Otago University, Fiordland, NZ

I was a field assistant in a study investigating the breeding season of a threatened forest passerine, the South Island robin Petroica australis and the relative abundance of rats and stoats on an island group in Lake Te Anau.

2005-2006 Ranger, Auckland Regional Council, Tawharanui Mainland Island, NZ

In addition to general ranger tasks in the park and campground, I maintained and serviced rat and mustelid trapping infrastructure and conducted audits for rats and mustelids using a variety of detection methods.

2003-2005 Conservation Officer, Zealandia (Karori) Wildlife Sanctuary, NZ

My role was researching the reproductive biology of six forest bird species. My tasks included nest monitoring, banding adult and juvenile birds, attachment of radio transmitters to birds and auditing for rats and mustelids.

1993-2003

I traveled extensively across 15 countries working in commercial fisheries, construction and as a chef.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Ornithological Society of New Zealand
Ecological Society of New Zealand
Botanical Society of New Zealand

PUBLICATIONS

2011- present (reprints available on request)

Scientific Papers
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K.R.H., Thompson, D. 2016. Grey petrel Procellaria cinerea population on Campbell Island 14 years after rodent eradication. Antarctic Science DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102016000626.
  • Rexer-Huber K, Parker GC, Sagar PM, Thompson DR (accepted 2016) White-chinned petrel population estimate, Disappointment Island (Auckland Islands). Polar Biology doi:10.1007/s00300-016-2031-x
  • Torres, L.G., Rayment, W., Olavarrıá, C., Thompson, D.R., Graham, B., Baker, C.S., Patenaude, N., Bury, S.J., Boren, L., Parker, G., Carroll, E.L. 2016. Demography and ecology of southern right whales Eubalaena australis wintering at sub-Antarctic Campbell Island, New Zealand. Polar Biology DOI 10.1007/s00300-016-1926-x
  • Parker, G.C., Black, A., Rexer-Huber, K., Sommer, E.C., Cuthbert, R.J. 2015. Low population density and biology of an island population of house mice Mus musculus on South Georgia Polar Biology DOI 10.1007/s00300-015-1831-8
  • Laptikhovsky, V., Brickle, P., Söffker, M., Davidson, D., Roux, M., Rexer-Huber, K., Brewin, P.E., Kälkvist, E., Brown, J., Brown, S., Black, A., Anders, N.R., Cartwright, S., Poncet, D., Parker, G. (2015) Life history and population characteristics of the Antarctic starfish, Anasterias antarctica Lütken, 1856 (Asteroidea: Forcipulatida: Asteriidae) around the Falkland Islands. Marine Biology 38: 463-474.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C, Ryan, P.G., Cuthbert, R.J. 2014. Assessing burrow occupancy using sign, playback and burrowscopes: an example and monitoring results from the Atlantic Petrel on Gough Island.  Marine Ornithology 37: 137-141.
  • Cuthbert, R.J., Louw, H., Lurling, J., Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Sommer, E., Visser, P. and Ryan, P.G. 2013. Low burrow occupancy and breeding success of burrowing petrels at Gough Island: a consequence of mouse predationBird Conservation International 23: 113 - 124.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Reeves, M., Stanworth, A. and Cuthbert, R.J. 2013. Spatial ecology of overwintering mice on Steeple Jason Island and feasibility of eradication. Polar Biology 36: 1791-1797.
  • Cuthbert, R.J., Louw, H., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K., Visser, P. 2012. Observations of mice predation on Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca and Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos chicks at Gough Island. Antarctic Science 25: 763-766.
  • Black, A., Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Sommer, E.C., Cuthbert, R.J. Kerguelen petrel Lugensa brevirostris: A new breeding species for South Georgia. 2012. Antarctic Science 25:  69 – 70.
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, K.A., Ryan, P.G., Techow, M.S., Cuthbert, R. 2012. Morphometric and genetic sexing in the Gough Moorhen Gallinula comeri. Ringing & Migration 27: 20-25.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Ryan, P.G., Cuthbert, R. 2012. Ringing injuries in the Gough Moorhen Gallinula comeri. Ringing & Migration 27: 53-56.
  • Roe, C.M., Parker, G.C., Korsten, A.C., Lister, C.J., Weatherall, S.B., Lawrence Lodge, R.H.E,  Wilson, J.B. 2012.  Small scale spatial auto-correlation in plant communities: the effects of spatial grain and measure of abundance, with an improved sampling scheme.  Journal of Vegetation Sciences 23:  471-482.
  • Cooper, J. & Parker, G.C. 2011.  Observations of sexual dimorphism among the Southern Giant Petrels Macronectes giganteus of Gough Island.  Sea Swallow 60: 84-90.
  • Cuthbert, R.J., Visser, P., Louw, H., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G., Ryan, P.G. 2011. Preparations for the eradication of mice from Gough Island: results of bait acceptance trials above ground and around cave systems. Pages 47-50. In Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds) 2011. Island invasives: Eradication and management. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
Reports
  • Parker, G.C. 2017. Stocktake of measures for mitigating the incidental mortality of seabirds in New Zealand commercial fisheries. Report to Southern Seabirds Solutions Trust. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.
  • Parker, G.C., Sagar, P., Thompson, D., Rexer-Huber, K. 2017. The establishment of a marked population of white-capped albatrosses to allow estimation of adult survival and other demographic parameters, Disappointment Island, Auckland Islands. Report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation, Wellington. Parker Conservation, Dunedin
  • Parker, G.C., Walker, K., Elliot, G., Baker, G.B., Debski, I., Jensz, K., Sagar, P., Thompson, D., Rexer-. Huber, K. 2017. Trial of three methods to obtain population estimates of light-mantled sooty albatross Phoebetria palpebrata at Campbell and Auckland islands, New Zealand. In: Fourth Meeting of the Population and Conservation Status Working Group. Information paper 20. ACAP, Hobart
  • Parker, G.C., Bell, M. 2017. Northern giant petrel population estimates and trends in New Zealand. In: Fourth Meeting of the Population and Conservation Status Working Group. Information paper 17. ACAP, Hobart
  • Parker, G.C. 2017. Research to inform the management of Kārearea / NZ falcon in Eastern Otago Project Report. Field season one, summer 2016 /2017. Parker Conservation, Dunedin
  • Walker K., Elliott, G., Rexer-Huber K., Parker G. 2017. Gibson's wandering albatross population study and census 2016/17. Report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation, Wellington. Albatross Research, Nelson
  • Parker G.C. 2016. Kārearea / New Zealand falcon Falco novaeseelandiae surveys before and after aerial application of 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) in the Mt Allan conifer plantation area. Report to Wenita Forestry Products. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.
  • Parker G.C.., Muller, C.G., Rexer-Huber, K. 2016. Northern giant petrel Macronectes halli breeding population survey, Auckland Islands, December 2015 – February 2016. Report prepared by Parker Conservation for the Department of Conservation, Wellington. 16p.
  • Elliot G., Walker K., Parker G.C., Rexer-Huber K. 2016. Gibson's wandering albatross census and population study 2015/16. Report prepared by Albatross Research for the Department of Conservation, Wellington. 19p.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Thompson, D. 2016. New Zealand White-chinned Petrel population research update. Report to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Third Meeting of the Population and Conservation Status Working Group. Parker Conservation, Dunedin
  • Parker, G.C. and Rexer-Huber, K.R.H. 2015. Literature review of methods for estimating population size of burrowing petrels based on extrapolations from surveys. Report prepared by Parker Conservation for the Department of Conservation, Wellington. 29p.
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K.R.H., Thompson, D. 2015. Survey and census of Grey petrels Procellaria cinerea on Campbell Island . Unpublished report to the Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.
  • Parker, K.A., Parker, G.C., Barr, B.P. 2015. Bream Head Reintroduction Plan. Report to the Bream Head Conservation Trust.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Sagar, P. and Thompson, D. 2015. White-chinned petrel population estimate, Disappointment Island (Auckland Islands). Report to the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. Parker Conservation, Dunedin 
  • Thompson D., Parker G.C., Rexer-Huber K., Sagar P. 2015. Feasibility of Monitoring White-capped Albatross at Disappointment Island. Report prepared by National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Ltd for Department of Conservation, Conservation Services Programme. 
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K.R.H., Sagar, P.M. 2015. Disappointment, Adams and Campbell Islands trip report. Internal report from NIWA / University of Otago / Parker Conservation to the Department of Conservation, New Zealand.
  • Parker, G.C. 2014. Campbell Island trip report. Internal report from Parker Conservation / NIWA to the Department of Conservation, New Zealand.
  • Parker, G.C. and Rexer-Huber, K. 2014. Adams Island trip report. Internal report from Albatross Research to the Department of Conservation, New Zealand.
  • Parker, G., Crofts, S., Pompert, J., Wolfaardt, A. and Brickle, P. 2013. In the wake of a factory trawler; research into undetected seabird mortality. In: Fifth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group. Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP), Hobart.
  • Parker, G., Pompert, J. and Brickle, P. 2013. Early results from trials of a novel system for mitigating incidental seabird mortality in trawl fisheries. In: Fifth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group. Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP),  Hobart.
  • Lee, J., Black, A., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K. 2013. Report on mortality of non-target species following year 1 of phase 2 of the South Georgia Rodent Eradication. Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Stanley.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Reeves, M., Stanworth, A. and Cuthbert, R.J. 2013. Field trials for the eradication of House Mice from Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands. RSPB Research Report. No.51. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, U.K. ISBN 978-1-905601-42-4.
  • Parker GC 2013. An assessment of seabird bycatch in Falkland Island trawl fisheries: July 2011 to June 2012. Falkland Islands Government, Stanley.
  • Parker GC 2012. An assessment of seabird bycatch in Falkland Island trawl fisheries: July 2010 to June 2011. Falkland Islands Government, Stanley.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. C. and Black, A. (2012b) Rat monitoring on the Greene Peninsula: pre-winter wax tag checks. Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Stanley.
  • Cuthbert, R.J., Black, A., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. and Sommer, E. 2012. Field trials for the eradication of House Mice from South Georgia Island. RSPB Research Report No. 48. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK. ISBN 978-1-905601-35-6.
  • Brickle, P., Wolfaardt, A., Pompert, J., Black, A., Parker, G. and Snell, K. 2011. Reducing seabird mortality on trawlers operating in the Falkland Islands. 2011. Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. In: Fourth Meeting of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group. Document 55. ACAP, Hobart.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C. 2011. Captive husbandry of the Gough Bunting and Moorhen. RSPB Research Report. No. 42. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, U.K. ISBN 978-1-905601-29-5.