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Massey University is at the forefront of oiled wildlife research. Wildbase actively engage in collaborative and in-house research to advance knowledge of best practice in the treatment and management of oiled wildlife. 

Research relevant to oiled wildlife response includes areas of wildlife health, wildlife ecology, wildlife population studies, wildlife reproduction and genetics, wildlife diet and foraging behavior and wildlife management.

Current research

Wildbase research staff are currently conducting research projects into a range of aspects of oiled wildlife response. Current projects include:

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Published research

Previous research conducted by Wildbase research staff, students, affiliates and collaborative research includes a range of studies into various aspects of wildlife life history and applied research to improve oiled wildlife response procedures and techniques. 

Topics include:

  • oil removal techniques 
  • best practice capture techniques
  • disease
  • demographics
  • foraging
  • medical issues
  • the use of transmitters 
  • pathology

Our research partners

Wildbase continue to work with industry partners to develop best-practise facilities and equipment for oiled wildlife response. This includes a research led approach in the testing of response equipment and resources.

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Testing the effectiveness of a range of detergents for the purpose of oiled wildlife rehabilitation. 

Pathology specialists at Wildbase examine victims of the Rena oil spill in 2011

Testing the efficacy of various detergents for sea bird rehabilitation

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