New Zealand Journal of Ecology (2013) 37(3): 288- 297

Consistency, continuity and creativity: long-term studies of population dynamics on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Review Article
Doug P. Armstrong 1*
John G. Ewen 2
  1. Wildlife Ecology Group, Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University, Palmerston North, Private Bag 11 222, New Zealand
  2. Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, NW1 4RY, London, United Kingdom
*  Corresponding author

One of the quandaries faced by ecological researchers is whether they should continue to invest in ongoing projects or whether they should shift their attention to new species or systems that may have received less attention. While research on Tiritiri Matangi has touched on a wide range of species and topics, the long-term projects on the reintroduced robin population (20 years) and hihi population (17 years) have accounted for the bulk of the published research, with 57 papers featuring these populations published to the end of 2009. This literature has made contributions to several disciplines (wildlife management, population ecology, behavioural ecology, conservation genetics, ornithology and wildlife disease) at both the local and international level. However, most of these published papers use