Fraser - Ornithologist - Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Mark Fraser

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand




I am an ornithologist specialising in New Zealand wildlife research, inparticular New Zealand petrels and albatross research. I have a written CV with all my skills, experience and projects available on request.

I have a wide range of skills includung: animal and plant identification and taxonomy skills, animal handling skills, skills in conducting sound accurate research and report writing, bird banding and mist netting skills, population monitoring and mark recapture analysis skills, extensive use of GPS, geolocators and dive depth recorders on birds, extensive use of radiotransitters and telemetry for tracking birds, conducting and running seabird translocations, some experience in predator control and trapping, extensive experience working on islands and in hazardous conditions, and use of PIT tags and readers.

Work History


Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL)

From October 2002

I have worked as a contractor for Wildlife Management International since 2002 on projects in New zealand and Fiji. I have a CV of all my work experience and projects available on request. I will just include a list of projects I have worked on since 2002.

I have recently worked on the following projects:

1). Fiji Petrel and Collared Petrel on Gau Island, Fiji (2011 and 2013). The project involved searching for, identifying, and monitoring petrel burrows, banding and measuring petrels, tracking petrels with radio transmitters and telemetry, and teaching these skills to the team on Gau Island.

2). Fisheries Bycatch Autopsy Program (2012-2013)
3). Hutton's Shearwater program (2011-2013)
4). Chatham Island bird research (2006-2012)
5). Bird research at the subantarctic Antipodes Islands (2009-2011)
6). Black Petrels on Great Barrier Island
7). Hamilton's Frog at Stephens Island and Nukuwaiata Island


The Atlas of Bird Distribution in New Zealand 1999-2004

I was employed by OSNZ, through Wildlife Management International Limited, from October 2005-present to assist CJR Robertson as an author in writing the Atlas of Bird Distribution in New Zealand 1999-2004 (cited in publications below). My job included data entry, extensive checking of the data, data analysis and constructing tables and figures, assisting in writing the introductory sections and taxa information with CJR Robertson, and extensive editing of the manuscript. The book was launched in August 2007 at Government House New Zealand and I continued my involvement by assisting with sales and delivery, providing datasets on request and building datasets for the upcoming online Atlas. I also re-entered the data from the first OSNZ bird distribution atlas (Bull et. al. 1985) sheets into a new access database.

Fisheries Bycatch Autopsy Program

I was employed by Wildlife Management International Limited from 2012- 2013 to autopsy New Zealand Fisheries Bycatch birds. The work involved identification of birds to species or subspecies level, collecting external measurements and moult details, and conducting a necropsy of each bird to determine sex, age, and stomach contents. A liver sample was also collected.

Fiji Petrel and Collared Petrel Project

In 2011 (5 months) and 2013 (3.5 months) I woked for Nature Fiji Mareqeti Viti as a Wildlife Management International seabird contractor to provide expertise on seabirds for the Fiji Petrel Project. I was team leader and worked on Gau Island in Fiji living in a school house near the village of Nukuloa.

My duties were to training Nature Fiji staff and volunteers in correct seabird identification, handling, banding and measuring techniques. Additional techniques taught were how to monitor petrel colonies and collect data on collared petrel breeding biology stressing the importance of collecting and recording accurate data. I also set up and initiated a feral cat trapping and rat control program on Gau Island to protect the small colonies of collared petrel and in turn protect Fiji petrel.

Furthermore I provided expertise in spotlighting Fiji and Collared Petrel and searching for Fiji and Collared Petrel burrows and colonies on Gau Island.
Information on Collared Petrel breeding biology on Gau Island was also collected as well as stressing the importance of collecting and recording accurate data.The Fiji Petrel Project had also recently purchased ten radio transmitters, two TR-4 receivers and two directional Yagi Antenna. The plan was to deploy the transmitters on Fiji Petrel; however none were caught so they were deployed on Collared Petrel instead. I taught the Nature Fiji staff and the telemetry team how to attach radio transmitters, how they work and how to track the birds using telemetry and triangulation techniques.

Qualifications & Certifications

BSc in Zoology and Ecology and MSc in Ecology

Massey University, Palmerston North

Rosehill College, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand

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