Male HIhi

Male Hihi

My current research project, in collaboration with Anna Santure and Patricia Brekke, on a New Zealand endemic passerine bird named Hihi (or Stitchbird, or Notiomystis cincta).

Hihi were once found over the whole North Island in New Zealand, but are now confined to a single island named Little Barrier. This surviving population was used as a source population for reintroduction in several predator-free reserves, among which is Tiritiri Matangi Island.

The aim of our project is to use long-term pedigree and high-throughput genomic information information available on the birds of Tiritiri Matangi to evaluate the evolutionary constraints weighting on the population, as well as its adaptive potential, especially in regards to climate change.