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AviaNZ Overview

The AviaNZ project is a collaboration between mathematicians, data scientists, and conservation biologists, to enable acoustic recordings of birdsong to be turned into reliable estimates of abundance. We are interested in every part of the process:

how to deploy acoustic recorders for different species,

how to turn the recordings into data both manually and automatically,

how to deal with noise and environmental sounds in the data,

how to translate the number of calls into estimates of abundance with statistical reliability,

how to apply this to a variety of bird species, principally in New Zealand, but also overseas

We work with many groups, from Ngapuhi, through the Department of Conservation and Nga Whenua Rahui, to local community groups in many areas.

We are funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, the National Science Challenge on Science for Technological Innovation, Te Punaha Matatini, the Kiwi Recovery Group, and Department of Conservation (DOC).

Core Members

AviaNZ project is developing with contribution and collaboration from academic researchers to the professional practitioners, whanau/hapu/iwi, and other community members/groups.

PhD Candidate
Wildlife and Ecology Group, Massey University, Palmerston North This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Project leader and researcher
Associate Professor in Ecology/Zoology, Wildlife and Ecology Group, Massey University, Palmerston North This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PhD Candidate
School of Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Researcher
Post-doctoral Fellow in Data Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project leader and researcher
Professor of Mathematics and Data Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PhD Candidate
School of Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whanau

Master's Student
School of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew Digby
Science Advisor, Kākāpō/Takahē, Department of Conservation, Wellington
BJ Black
Kai Mahi
Kaingahoa Marae, Rāwhiti
Manaaki Whenua, Landcare Research

Dimitri Ponirakis
Applications Programmer, Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
PhD Candidate
Massey University, Albany Auckland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Emma Williams
Research Assistant, Department of Conservation
Hinemoana Black
Kai Mahi
Kaingahoa Marae, Rāwhiti

Scientific Officer - Ecology, Taranaki Regional Council
Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Hui Jiang
Master's student
Mechatronics Engineering, University of Auckland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
James Mortimer
Department of Conservation

Janneke Klute
Intern
Wildlife and Ecology Group, Massey Universit, Palmerston North This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jason Taiaroa
Otaranoho kawenata
Leanne Bradbury
Kai Mahi
Moira Pryde
Technical Advisor, Science and Policy, Department of Conservation, Wellington

Monika Nowicki
Kai Mahi
Zealandia, Ecosanctuary
Department of Statistics, University of Auckland, Auckland
Rana Rewha
Kai Mahi
Kaingahoa Marae, Rāwhiti
Rebecca Huistra
Intern
School of Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rebecca Stirnemann
Mid-North Island, Regional Manager, Forest and Bird
Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North
Richard Witehira
Whanau/hapu/iwi liaison
Ngati Kuta/Te Patukeha Hapu Te Rawhiti, Ipipiri (Bay of Islands) Northland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rogan Colbourne
Technical Advisor, Department of Conservation, Wellington

Ruth Bollongino
Scientific Consultant, Project Janszoon
School of Biological Sciences/Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology, Victoria, University of Wellington
Stu Cockburn
Electronics Specialist, Department of Conservation
Web Developer
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Department of Conservation
WeiHong Ji
Associate Professor, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University, Albany, Auckland
Yu Shiu
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Acoustic Research Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland