Andrew Veale, MSc., BA.

Completed PhD Candidate

Completed PhD Candidate

Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Conservation

Research Interests

For my PhD research, I am investigating the population genetics and invasion ecology of the stoat (Mustela erminea) in New Zealand. This research will assist in the conservation management of near-shore islands, as well as helping to develop and validate methods for assessing population connectivity and individual movement within partially linked populations of invasive mammalian species.

My research interests are primarily in assessing population movement and connectivity through population genetic methods, along with phylogeography, invasion ecology and conservation management. Along with these I have strong interests in the philosophy of science, epistemology and the place of science within society.

Relevant affiliations:

President of the Conservation Ecology Society of the University of Auckland

I am a member and volunteer for a number of island restoration groups:

  • Supporters of Tiri Tiri Matangi (
  • Motu Kaikoura Trust Supporters (
  • Motuihe Trust (
  • Motuora Restoration Society (
  • Motutapu Restoration Trust (


2002 – 2004: B.Sc Biological Science Major, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2005 – 2006: M.Sc (hons 1st) School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Thesis title: The Phylogeography of Two Benthic Intertidal Marine Invertebrates Around New Zealand – The Snakeskin Chiton (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis) and the Warratah Anemone (Actinia tenebrosa)

2007 – 2009: B.A Philosophy/English, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Tags: invasion ecology stoat mustela ermina phylogeography