Staff Publications

Listed below are staff publications (bold denotes staff). For current projects, please see our Projects page.

Herpetological Papers
Miller KA, Bell T, Germano JM in press: Understanding success and publication bias in reintroduction biology.Conservation Biology.
Jones C, Norbury G, & Bell T 2013. Impacts of introduced European hedgehogs on endemic skinks and weta in tussock grassland. Wildlife Research 40(1).
Knox CD, Cree A & Seddon PJ 2013. Accurate identification of individual geckos (Naultinus gemmeus) through dorsal pattern differentiation. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 37: 7.
Bell T, Wilson C, & Herbert S 2012. Determining a conservation threat classification for the Nevis skink, Oligosoma toka. BioGecko Issue 1, July 2012.
Bell T, Herbert S, Innes J, Baber M, Thompson A, Sinclair S 2012. Developing user-friendly techniques to monitor arboreal geckos. Kararehe Kino 20: 20-21.
Ohmer ME, Herbert SM, Speare R, & Bishop PJ 2012. Experimental exposure indicates the amphibian chytrid pathogen poses low risk to New Zealand's threatened endemic frogs. Animal Conservation. 13 Dec 2012. doi: 10.1111/acv.12010.
Knox CD, Cree A. & Seddon PJ 2012. Direct and indirect effects of grazing by introduced mammals on a native, arboreal gecko (Naultinus gemmeus). Journal of Herpetology 46(2):145-152. PDF, subscription or purchase required.
Herbert SM, Leung TLF, Bishop PJ 2011. Fluorescent probes as a tool for labelling and tracking the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 96(2): 169-174. doi: 10.3354/dao02377.
Chapple DG, Bell TP, Chapple SNJ, Miller KA, Daugherty CH, Patterson GB 2011. Phylogeography and taxonomic revision of the New Zealand cryptic skink (Oligosoma inconspicuum; Reptilia: Scincidae) species complex. Zootaxa 2782: 1-33 (3 Mar. 2011) 10 plates; 70 references. PDF, subscription or purchase required (scroll down to reference).
Shoo LP, Olson DH, McMenamin SK, Murray KA, Van Sluys M, Donnelly MA, Stratford D, Terhivuo J, Merino-Viteri A, Herbert SM, Bishop PJ, Corn PS, Dovey L, Griffiths RA, Lowe K, Mahony M, McCallum H, Shuker JD, Simpkins C, Skerratt LF, Williams SE, Hero J-M 2011. Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:487-492. PDF, free to download.
Jones C, Bell TP 2010. Relative effects of toe-clipping and pen-marking on short-term recapture probability of McCann's skinks (Oligosoma maccanni). Herpetological Journal 20: 237-241. PDF, subscription or purchase required.
Molinia FC, Bell T, Norbury G, Cree A, Gleeson DM 2010. Assisted breeding of skinks - or how to teach a lizard old tricks! Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5(2):311-319. PDF, free to download.
Shaw SD, Bishop PJ, Berger L, Skerratt LF, Garland S, Gleeson DM, Haigh A, Herbert S, Speare R 2010. Experimental infection of self-cured Leiopelma archeyi with the amphibian chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 92: 159-163. PDF, free to download.
Herbert S, R Poulter R, Bishop PJ 2010. [Abstract] Changing climate, changing infections? Experimental infection of Litoria raniformis tadpoles at different temperatures with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Abstracts of papers presented at the Second Meeting of Australasian Societies for Herpetology (Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand and the Australia Society for Herpetologists), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, 2022 February 2009. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp 81-82.
Bell T 2009. A novel technique for monitoring highly cryptic lizard species in forests. Herpetological Conservation & Biology, Vol 4, Issue 3, December 2009. Pp. 415-425. PDF, free to download.
Patterson G, Bell T 2009. The Barrier skink Oligosoma judgei n.sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Darran and Takitimu Mountains, South Island, New Zealand. Zootaxa 2271. pp 43-56. PDF, subscription or purchase required (scroll down to reference).
Bell TP, Patterson GB. 2008. A rare alpine skink Oligosoma pikitanga n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Llawrenny Peaks, Fiordland, New Zealand. Zootaxa 1882. pp. 57-68. PDF, subscription or purchase required (scroll down to reference).
Chapple DG, Patterson GB, Bell T, Daugherty CH. 2008. Taxonomic revision of the New Zealand copper skink (Cyclodina aenea: Squamata: Scincidae) species complex, with descriptions of two new species. Journal of Herpetology Vol. 42, No 3, pp 437-452. PDF, free to download.
Technical Reports
Knox C, Monks J 2013.Comparing the dispersal of jewelled geckos (Naultinus gemmeus) from hard-release and soft-release translocations. Unpublished report to Orokonui EcoSanctuary and Department of Conservation.
Knox C, Herbert S, Bell T 2013. Lizard survey of the Northern Gully Waste Rock Stack and Western Waste Rock Stack for OceanaGold (New Zealand) Limited at Macraes Flat, Otago, New Zealand. EcoGecko Consultants unpublished report.
Knox C, Herbert S,Bell T 2013. Recommendations for enhancing the Northern Gully and Western Waste Rock Stacks for lizard biodiversity at the Macraes Flat Gold Mine, Otago, New Zealand. EcoGecko Consultants unpublished report.
Knox C, Bell T 2013. An assessment of the lizard fauna of Deepdell Station, Highlay Creek and Cranky Jims Creek, in reference to OceanaGold’s Macraes Phase III Project. EcoGecko Consultants, unpublished report.
Knox C, Bell T 2013. Survey and relocation of lizards from the Frasers North and Frasers South Waste Rock Stacks at Macraes Flat, Otago. Report prepared for OceanaGold (New Zealand) Limited. EcoGecko Consultants, unpublished report.
Melzer S, Bell T 2013. Lizard survey of Wellington City Council-administered Parks & Reserves. Report prepared for the Wellington City Council. EcoGecko Consultants, unpublished report.
Bell T 2013. Guidance note for mitigation planning to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on lizards under the Resource Management Act 1991. EcoGecko Consultants unpublished report
Bell T, de Silva K 2013. Subdivision of Lot 33 (Lot 1 & 2)/ DP 181158 / 20-24 Blue Heron Rise, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa 0932, New Zealand (SLC-52320): Record of compliance for conditions of consent (herpetofauna) as set out by the Rodney District Council under the Resource Management Act 1991.
Bell T, Herbert S 2013. Arboreal gecko survey of the Dry Creek Replacement Cleanfill. Report prepared for Winstone Aggregates. EcoGecko Consultants unpublished report.
Bell T, Knox C 2013. Lizard survey and assessment of mitigation planning for the Christchurch Southern Motorway (Stage 2 and Main South Road Four Laning). EcoGecko Consultants unpublished report.
Herbert S, Bell T 2012. Survey design options for monitoring lizards at Baring Head, East Harbour Regional Park. Upublished report prepared for the Greater Wellington Regional Council. EcoGecko Consultants, May 2012, p29.
MWH 2011. Tukituki Catchment Terrestrial Ecology Characterisation. Prepared for Hawke's Bay Regional Council, December 2011. EMT 11/13, HBRC Plan Number 4294. [Lizard component of work prepared by S. Herbert and T. Bell.]
Bell T, Herbert S 2011. Forest lizard recoveries in biodiversity sanctuaries of New Zealand as part of the Conservation Flagships Programme – summary report for 2010-2011. EcoGecko Consultants contract report, June 2011. 12p.
Bell T, Herbert S 2011. An assessment of the potential lizard fauna and lizard habitats of the Puketoi Range in reference to Mighty River Power's wind farm proposal. June 2011. Unpublished report for Wildland Consultants. 17p.
Bell T 2010. Statement of Evidence of Trent Bell. December 2010 [In relation to the herpetofauna present at the proposed windfarm development of the Mt Cass ridgeline]. Unpublished report for the Environment Court, Christchurch. 74p + two Appendixes.
Golder 2010. Assessment of the Potential Effects of the Combined Mt Cass Wind Farm Proposal on the Herpetofauna of Mt Cass. Report submitted to MainPower New Zealand Limited, Rangiora. Golder Associates report number 0978105912.[Prepared by T. Bell]
Bell T, Melzer S, Herbert S 2010. Herpetofaunal Survey Report and Management Plan for Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust Sanctuary, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. EcoGecko Consultants contract report, November 2010. 103p
Bell T 2010. Herpetofauna of Windy Hill Pest Management Area, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. EcoGecko Herpetofauna Field Identification Series No 1. 32p,
Bell T, Herbert S 2010. Forest Lizard Recoveries in Biodiversity Sanctuaries of New Zealand as part of the Conservation Flagships IO3 in the Sustaining and Restoring Biodiversity OBI. Summary Report for 2009-2010. EcoGecko Consultants contract report, June 2010. 30p
Golder 2010. Canterbury gecko (Hoplodactylus sp. 'Canterbury') occupancy and habitat studies at the proposed Mt Cass wind farm. Report submitted to MainPower New Zealand Limited, Rangiora. Golder Associates report number 0978105912. [Prepared by T. Bell & S. Herbert]
Golder 2010. Report on survey for green geckos (Naultinus spp) and skinks (Oligosoma spp.) at the proposed Mt Cass wind farm. Report submitted to MainPower New Zealand Limited, Rangiora. Golder Associates report number 0978105912. [Prepared by T. Bell]
Bell T, Lettink M 2010. Joint Expert Statement on Matters Relating to the Herpetofauna (Lizards) of Mt Cass. Unpublished report for the Environment Court, Christchurch. 12p.
Bell T 2009. Position Statement of Trent Bell. November 2009 [In relation to the herpetofauna present at the proposed windfarm development of the Mt Cass ridgeline]. Unpublished report for the Environment Court, Christchurch. 35p.
Bell T 2008. Lizard management and restoration plan for Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Taranaki, New Zealand. Landcare Research Contract Report LC0809/037. 68p
Bell TP, Patterson G, Jewell T 2008: Alpine lizard research in Fiordland National Park, February—March 2007. DOC Research & Development Series 304.18p.
Bell T, Jewell T 2007. Lizard surveying in indigenous reserves managed by Southwood Export Limited across Southland, January—February 2007. Landcare Research Contract Report LC0607/101, 36 p.
Bell T, Jewell T 2007. Lizard and invertebrate surveying in and around No. 2 Block South, Stockton Mine for Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, March 2007. Landcare Research Contract Report LC0607/187.
Bell T, Patterson G 2006. Sinbad skink survey 9th February—11th February 2006—a report to Southland Conservancy. Unpublished report for DOC Southland.
Miscellaneous
Bell T 2012. Feature creatures – native lizards. Wet & Wild. National Wetland Trust newsletter, issue 30, May 2012, p8.
Anderson P, Bell T, Chapman S, Corbett K. 2012. SRARNZ NZ Lizards Conservation Toolkit – a resource for conservation management of the lizards of New Zealand. A SRARNZ Miscellaneous Publication. Society for the Research on Amphibians and Reptiles of New Zealand (www.srarnz.org.nz). 69 pages.
Bell T 2011. Giant gecko rediscovered—one of New Zealand's heavyweight lizards hangs on. GBI Environmental News. Summer 2011, Issue 24. Link to article
Lettink M & Knox CD 2011. Looking after jewelled geckos and their habitats: a practical guide for landowners. Published by Department of Conservation, Canterbury Conservancy, Private Bag 4715, Christchurch.
Knox CD 2010. Habitat requirements of the jewelled gecko (Naultinus gemmeus): effects of grazing, predation and habitat fragmentation. Unpublished M.Sc. thesis, Univ. of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 107p
Bell T (compiler) 2010. NZ Lizards Database. Available: NZ Lizards Database. Landcare Research NZ Ltd.
Herbert SM 2009. Novel approaches for elucidating drivers of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis epidemiology in amphibians. Unpublished MSc thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Herpetological Seminars
Bell TP, Herbert SM 2011. Following up Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii) on Mana Island: post-translocation monitoring 11-13 years on. Ecology in the Heartland: New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, 28 August-1 September 2011.
Herbert SM, Leung TLF, Poulter RT, Bishop PJ 2009. Should we be worried about amphibians becoming infected with multiple strains of Bd? The WDA-Australasia / Wildlife Society of the NZVA Conference, Catlins, New Zealand, December 2009.
Bell T 2009. Restoring and monitoring New Zealand's lizard fauna—the situation, issues and potential solutions. SERI World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Perth, Australia, 23-27 August 2009.
Herbert SM, Leung TLF, Poulter RT, Bishop PJ 2009. Changing climate, changing infections: experimental infection of Litoria tadpoles at different temperatures with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The 10th International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane, Australia, 2009.
Bell T 2009. Lizard surveying and monitoring in biodiversity sanctuaries. Sanctuaries of New Zealand workshop, Havelock North, 6-7 August 2009 http://www.sanctuariesnz.org/meetings/documents/bell2009.pdf
Herbert SM, Poulter RT, Bishop PJ 2009. Changing climate, changing infections? Experimental infection of Litoria raniformis tadpoles at different temperatures with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Second Meeting of Australasian Societies for Herpetology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2009.
Bell T 2008. A novel technique for monitoring highly cryptic lizard species in forests. 6th World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil, 17-22 August 2008.
Bell T 2008. The NZ Lizards Database: empowering people and organisations with knowledge for informed decision making and management. 6th World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil, 17-22 August 2008.
Bell T 2008. The NZ Lizards Database: empowering people and organisations with knowledge for informed decision making and management. North Island skink recovery group meeting, Big Bach, Raumati South, Kapiti Coast, 8-10 October 2008.
Bell T 2008. Closed cell foam covers for forest lizards. Sanctuaries of New Zealand workshop, Wanganui, September 2008. http://www.sanctuariesnz.org/documents/Bell2008.pdf
Molinia F, Germano J, Bell T 2008. Reproductive technologies for species conservation. Proc. Annu. Conf. Conservation Management Group. Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks & Aquaria New Zealand. Bay of Islands, New Zealand. 18-19 June 2008.
Molinia F, Bell T, Norbury G, Cree A, Gleeson D 2008. Assisted breeding of skinks or how to teach a lizard old tricks! 6th World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil 17-22nd August 2008.
Bell T 2007. Monitoring lizards using closed cell foam. Invited to give a presentation at the 'Sanctuaries of New Zealand' workshop, Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt, 10-11th October 2007, Lower Hutt
Bell T 2007. Alpine skink results—Presentation given to the Alpine Lizard Recovery Meeting, DOC Southland, May 2007
Molinia F, Bell T, Norbury G 2007. Development of reproductive technologies in McCann's skink, Oligosoma maccanni, as a model for threatened New Zealand lizards, in 12th Biennial Conference of the Society of Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9-11 February 2007.
Jones C, Bell T 2007. Does toe clipping reduce recapture of McCann's skinks? in 12th Biennial Conference of the Society of Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9-11 February 2007.
Bell T 2007. South Island Oligosoma Taxonomic Units. Presentation to Kaitaki Roopu meeting (Ngai Tahu) and DOC Southland, October 2007.