Assoc Prof Hazel Chapman - People - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Hazel Chapman


Lecturer in Evolutionary Ecology


  • PhD Otago
  • MSc Ecology, Aberdeen
  • BSc(Hons) St. Andrews


Biology 335

Contact Details

Phone: International +64 +3 Local 369 5140 internal 95140
Fax: +64 3 364 2590

Postal address: School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand

Research and Publications

Hazel's UC Research Profile.

1. Conditional mutualisms; factors affecting the balance between predation and mutualism in  seed dispersal – especially in the case of large seeded species which have lost their primary disperser. 

2. Natural regeneration into the grassland matrix associated with fragmented Afromontane forest. We have five long term research sites in grassland with seed traps to investigate natural seed dispersal into the grassland from forest. Regular monitoring of seedlings in the same sites adds to our understanding of factors restricting and filters to successful seedling establishment. 

3. Why the white nose? Understanding the behavioral ecology of guenons is important  because  they are becoming increasingly important seed dispersers in disturbed Afromontane  forest in which larger primate dispersers have been lost.

4. Species barriers and hybridisation in Dissotis.  The grasslands around Ngel Nyaki forest are home to at least five Dissotis (Melastomaceae) species, several of which are sympatric. We are using a combination of field observations, experiments and molecular analyses to answer questions about species barriers and levels of hybridisation. 

Nigerian Montane Forest Project

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