The Island Conservation group at the University of Auckland is interested in answering both theoretical and applied research questions which have underlying application to conservation. We work specifically on islands, such as New Zealand, where complex ecological relationships can become reducible and tractable. Of particular interest are population and behavioural ecology questions relating to what makes species threatened or invasive, and how these trends can be reversed. We also work with macroecology questions related to biogeography such as species diversity and community composition, and in the application of genetic methods within a conservation context. The work typically has a strong statistical modelling or analytical component. We also have a strong interest in environmental attitudes and animal ethics. Research sites have included New Zealand, Southern Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, French Polynesia, Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and the Tibetan Plateau.