2016 NZ Ecology in Action Award presentation
Dr Chris Green has worked for the Department of Conservation for 30 years after gaining his PhD in entomology through a study of tortricid leafroller pests. His current role is as a technical advisor, threats, involving advice into pest eradication programmes within New Zealand and beyond. Chris has led a 16 year programme to successfully eradicate Argentine ants from Tiritiri Matangi Island, and been an advisor to Argentine ant eradication programmes on Santa Cruz Island, California, and Norfolk Island. He has also designed and implemented island pest surveillance programmes to identify new pest incursions. Chris has considerable experience as a member of many Technical Advisory Groups set up to guide eradication of new to New Zealand pests including successful campaigns against Painted Apple Moth, Red Imported Fire Ant, Fall Webworm, Asian Gypsy Moth and most recently Large White Butterfly. Chris has demonstrated the positive outcome of rodent eradications on islands through measurement of the ground invertebrate fauna. As part of island restoration programmes Chris has restored threatened invertebrate species to islands following rodent eradication. This includes the successful 12 year programme to re-establish two new populations of the Little Barrier Island Giant Weta on two islands within its previous range.