Modelling the distribution and species richness of introduced vertebrates on New Zealand offshore islands

The offshore islands of New Zealand provide a unique opportunity to investigate insular biogeography with respect to relatively recently introduced vertebrate taxa (c. 200 years ago), whose colonisation and expansion across an entire archipelago is well documented.

In the past the factors that have influenced the distribution of introduced species have generally been qualitatively assumed. This thesis uses statistical modelling to quantitatively establish which factors currently correlate with the distribution of individual introduced mammal species and with the species richness of introduced mammals and exotic landbirds.

Author Russell, J. C.
Year 2002
Secondary title Geography and Environmental Science
Place published Auckland
Publisher University of Auckland
Pages 202
Region NZ