Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata
ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina

Seek out distant horizons, and cherish those you attain

Welcome. Nau mai, haere mai.

Priscilla Wehi In a career that has been anything but conventional I, and this research, have been supported by my family and communities across New Zealand for many years. He mihi nui ki a koutou.

I have two main research themes, that I write more about on the following pages. First, ecological knowledge; evolutionary ecology, and especially foraging behaviour, including isotope and nutrient analyses of diet in animals past and present; and secondly, socioecological relationships, including cultural environmental management. They represent some of my passions, and I hope you enjoy reading about this research.

On these pages, I provide resources such as infographics, interviews and stories that are drawn from the research for you to read, listen to, and use. You can also access the academic papers directly from this site.


NEW! Masters scholarships available for 2022 and 2023! See the Opportunities page.

A fun new paper exploring trophic position in kea, an endangered New Zealand parrot, through time.

I was honoured to receive the 2021 Hill Tinsley Medal from the New Zealand Association of Scientists, for research excellence in the 15 years post-PhD.

Congratulations to Cole Thompson, who won 3rd prize for his poster at the 2021 NZ Entomological Society Conference in Dunedin, with his work on Otago wētā morphs and behaviour. Ka mau te wehi!

I had a wonderful day with the graduands of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury in December 2020, after receiving a 2020 Inspirational Alumna Award.

I am honoured to be chosen as one of the 2020 nine stars of Matariki by the Government Women’s Network. GWN is is an employee-led network creating change that will enable all women in the public sector to achieve their potential.

MSc student Adele Parli had her work on wētā personality and baits featured in NZ Geographic. Read about it here

I spoke recently on Te Ao Tapatahi, Māori TV about the Māori Antarctica: Ka mua, ka muri research project, free film and seminar series that started online 27 July 2020. Join us!

The booklet Ka kawe nga kī i te Tonga – To carry the knowledge from the South introducing and framing the kaupapa about Māori and Antarctica is now available.

New publications:

  • Wehi PM, *Van Uitregt V, #Scott NJ, *Gillies T, *Beckwith J, *Rodgers RP, Watene K. 2021. Transforming Antarctic management and policy with an Indigenous Māori lens. Nature Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/
  • Wehi PM, Whaanga H, Watene K, Steeves TE. 2021. Mātauranga as knowledge, process and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. In: Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge: Global themes and practice. Eds. T. Thornton and S. Bhagwat. Routledge. doi: 10.31235/osf.io/4ba6f
  • Wehi PM, Wilson DJ, #Stone C, *Ricardo H, Jones CR, Jakob-Hoff R, Lyver P 2021. Managing for cultural harvest of a valued introduced species (Rattus exulans) in New Zealand. Pacific Conservation Biology 27: 432-441.