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Brett Gartrell has focused on leading research at Massey University primarily supporting conservation of New Zealand fauna biodiversity and with an emphasis on wildlife health and ecotoxicology. Brett has built collaborations with national institutions such as the Department of Conservation, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Zoo, Auckland Zoo, Shell NZ, and Maritime New Zealand. Brett collaborates with individuals and institutions with strong credentials in the fields of wildlife conservation and wildlife health research. These include research partnerships with the Allan Wilson Centre, Australian Wildlife Health Network, Adelaide Zoo, Massey Ecology group, School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (Auckland Zoo), United States Geological Survey and AsureQuality.
In 2010, Brett was awarded the Barry Munday Recognition Award from the Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section) - "in recognition of significant contribution to wildlife health in the preceding 5 years".
I am an avian and wildlife veterinarian with research interests in wildlife health issues, particularly as they affect the conservation of New Zealand native species. In particular my research has focussed on wildlife disease ecology and ecotoxicology at population levels and the physiological impacts of conservation management on individual animal health. I am a Director of the Wildbase Research Centre at Massey University.
Brett is a keen supervisor of postgraduate students in veterinary science, conservation biology and zoology.
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Animal Physiological Ecology (060806): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecological Physiology (060203): Ecology (060200):
Veterinary Sciences (070700):
Wildlife health and disease
Avian medicine and surgery
Reptile medicine and surgery