Associate Professor Hazel Chapman
Lecturer in Evolutionary Ecology
- PhD Otago
- MSc Ecology, Aberdeen
- BSc(Hons) St. Andrews
Phone: International +64 +3 Local 364 2987 ext 7659
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.