Kalinka Rexer-Huber

Curriculum Vitae of Kalinka Rexer-Huber

My background is in ecology, with expertise in southern ecosystems and seabirds, introduced mice and fisheries

My PhD tackled conservation of a wide-ranging Southern Ocean species, investigating at-sea range, population size and population genetics in the white-chinned petrel. My field studies on subantarctic Auckland and Campbell Islands are set in the bigger picture of the petrel’s entire circumpolar range.

I have worked on a series of South Atlantic and Southern Ocean islands since my MSc in 2009. My research focus is seabird conservation. I am particularly interested in population dynamics and the year-round movements at sea of albatrosses and petrels. Research efforts contribute to subantarctic island restoration, quantifying various aspects of mouse and rat eradication (home range size, population parameters, baiting densities, non-target species impacts). 

My island-based work is complemented by work with fisheries management organisations, taking a big-data approach to get at the drivers of seabird bycatch and identify bycatch mitigation opportunities. I am also interested in the ecology and management of protected species in production landscapes, focusing on raptors (island farms in the Falkland Islands, plantation forestry in New Zealand).

I enjoy devising research questions that deliver meaningful results for organisations large and small, ranging from government agencies, national science institutes and large NGOs to small conservation organisations and private business.

 


 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

PhD in Zoology – University of Otago, New Zealand (2014-2017) Thesis title: White-chinned petrel distribution, abundance and connectivity have circumpolar conservation implications

Masters of Science in Zoology with Distinction - University of Otago (2007-2009) Thesis title: Freezing frogs: the ecophysiology of winter survival in the Brown tree frog, Litoria ewingii

Bachelor of Science - University of Otago (2004-2006)

PUBLICATIONS

2011 – Present (reprints available on request)

Scientific papers
  • Mattern, T., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G., Amey, J., Green, C.-P., Tennyson, A.J.D., Sagar, P.M., Thompson, D.R., 2021. Erect-crested penguins on the Bounty Islands: population size and trends determined from ground counts and drone surveys. Notornis 68, 37–50
  • Jones, C.W., Risi, M.M., Osborne, A.M., Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Le Bouard, F., Cleeland, J.B., Lawrence, K., Kinchin-Smith, D., Witcutt, E., Starnes, T., Bond, A.L., Ryan, P.G., Oppel, S. 2020. Abundance, distribution and breeding success of the endemic Gough Island Finch Rowettia goughensis between 2009 and 2018. Emu - Austral Ornithology doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2020.1773859
  • Carneiro, A.P.B., Pearmain, E.J., Oppel, S., Clay, T.A., Phillips, R.A., Bonnet‐Lebrun, A., Wanless, R.M., Abraham, E., Richard, Y., Rice, J., Handley, J., Davies, T.E., Dilley, B.J., Ryan, P.G., Small, C., Arata, J., Arnould, J.P.Y., Bell, E., Bugoni, L., Campioni, L., Catry, P., Cleeland, J., Deppe, L., Elliott, G., Freeman, A., González‐Solís, J., Granadeiro, J.P., Grémillet, D., Landers, T.J., Makhado, A., Nel, D., Nicholls, D.G., Rexer‐Huber, K., Robertson, C.J.R., Sagar, P.M., Scofield, P., Stahl, J., Stanworth, A., Stevens, K.L., Trathan, P.N., Thompson, D.R., Torres, L., Walker, K., Waugh, S.M., Weimerskirch, H., Dias, M.P., 2020. A framework for mapping the distribution of seabirds by integrating tracking, demography and phenology. Journal of Applied Ecology 57, 514–525
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Thompson, D.R., Parker, G.C. 2020. White-chinned petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) burrow density, occupancy, and population size at the Auckland Islands. Notornis 67: 387–401
  • Elliott, G., Walker, K., Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Miskelly, C.M. 2020. Subantarctic Adams Island and its birdlife. Notornis 67: 153–187.
  • Parker, G.C., French, R., Muller, C.G., Taylor, G.A., Rexer-Huber, K. 2020. First northern giant petrel (Macronectes halli) breeding population survey and estimate for the Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Notornis 67: 357–368.
  • Miskelly, C.M., Elliott, G.P., Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Russ, R.B., Taylor, R.H., Tennyson, A.J.D., Walker, K.J. 2020. Birds of the Auckland Islands, New Zealand subantarctic. Notornis 67: 59–151.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Walker, K., Elliott, G., Baker, G.B., Debski, I., Jensz, K., Sagar, P.M., Thompson, D.R., Parker, G.C. 2020. Population trends of light-mantled sooty albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) at Adams Island and trial of ground, boat, and aerial methods for population estimates. Notornis 67: 341–355.
  • Walker, K., Elliott, G.P., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., McClelland, P., Sagar, P.M. 2020. Shipwrecks and mollymawks: an account of Disappointment Island birds. Notornis 67: 213–245.
  • Carneiro, A.P.B., Pearmain, E.J., Oppel, S., Clay, T.A., Phillips, R.A., BonnetLebrun, A., Wanless, R.M., Abraham, E., Richard, Y., Rice, J., Handley, J., Davies, T.E., Dilley, B.J., Ryan, P.G., Small, C., Arata, J., Arnould, J.P.Y., Bell, E., Bugoni, L., Campioni, L., Catry, P., Cleeland, J., Deppe, L., Elliott, G., Freeman, A., GonzálezSolís, J., Granadeiro, J.P., Grémillet, D., Landers, T.J., Makhado, A., Nel, D., Nicholls, D.G., RexerHuber, K., Robertson, C.J.R., Sagar, P.M., Scofield, P., Stahl, J., Stanworth, A., Stevens, K.L., Trathan, P.N., Thompson, D.R., Torres, L., Walker, K., Waugh, S.M., Weimerskirch, H., Dias, M.P. 2020. A framework for mapping the distribution of seabirds by integrating tracking, demography and phenology. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 514–525.
  • Dilley, B.J., Hedding, D.W., Henry, D.A.W., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Schoombie, S., Osborne, A., Ryan, P.G. 2019. Clustered or dispersed: testing the effect of sampling strategy to census burrow-nesting petrels with varied distributions at sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Antarctic Science 31: 231–242.
  • RexerHuber, K., Veale, A.J., Catry, P., Cherel, Y., Dutoit, L., Foster, Y., McEwan, J.C., Parker, G.C., Phillips, R.A., Ryan, P.G., Stanworth, A.J., Stijn, T., Thompson, D.R., Waters, J., Robertson, B.C. 2019. Genomics detects population structure within and between ocean basins in a circumpolar seabird: The whitechinned petrel. Molecular Ecology 28: 4552–4572.
  • Harrington, K.J., Pole-Evans, S., Reeves, M., Bechard, M., Bobowski, M., Barber, D.R., Rexer-Huber K., Lecomte, N., Bildstein, K.L. 2018. Seasonal micro-migration in a farm-island population of striated caracaras (Phalcoboenus australis) in the Falkland Islands. Movement Ecology 6: 4.
  • Parker G.C., Rexer-Huber K., Thompson, D. 2017. Grey petrel population on Campbell Island 14 years after rodent eradication. Antarctic Science 29: 209–216.
  • Rexer-Huber K., Parker G.C., Sagar, P.M., Thompson, D.R. 2017. White-chinned petrel population estimate, Disappointment Island (Auckland Islands). Polar Biology 40: 1053–1061.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Bishop, P.J., Wharton, D.A. (2015) Field ecology of freezing: linking microhabitat use with freezing tolerance in Litoria ewingii. Austral Ecology 40: 933-940.
  • Parker, G.C., Black, A., Rexer-Huber, K., Sommer, E.C., Cuthbert, R.J. 2015. Low population density and biology of an island population of house mice Mus musculus on South Georgia. Polar Biology 39: 1175–1181
  • Laptikhovsky, V., Brickle, P., Söffker, M., Davidson, D., Roux, M., Rexer-Huber, K., Brewin, P.E., Kälkvist, E., Brown, J., Brown, S., Black, A., Anders, N.R., Cartwright, S., Poncet, D., Parker, G. (2015) Life history and population characteristics of the Antarctic starfish, Anasterias antarctica Lütken, 1856 (Asteroidea: Forcipulatida: Asteriidae) around the Falkland Islands. Marine Biology 38: 463-474.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. C., Ryan, P. G. and Cuthbert, R. (2014) Burrow occupancy and population size in the Atlantic Petrel: a comparison of methods. Marine Ornithology 37: 137-141.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Reeves, M., Stanworth, A.J. and Cuthbert R.J. (2013) Winter ecology of house mice and the prospects for their eradication from Steeple Jason. Polar Biology 36: 1791-1797
  • Cuthbert, R. J., Louw, H., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K., Visser, P. (2013) Observations of mice predation on dark-mantled sooty albatross and Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross chicks at Gough Island. Antarctic Science 25: 763-766
  • Black, A., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K., Sommer, E. and Cuthbert, R. J. (2013) Kerguelen petrel (Lugensa brevirostris): a 'new' breeding species for South Georgia. Antarctic Science 25: 69-70
  • Rexer-Huber, K. and Bildstein, K. L. (2013) Winter diet of striated caracara Phalcoboenus australis (Aves, Polyborinae) at a farm settlement on the Falkland Islands. Polar Biology 36: 437-443
  • Cuthbert, R. J., Louw, H., Lurling, J., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K., Sommer, E., Visser, P. and Ryan, P. G. (2013) Low burrow occupancy and breeding success of burrowing petrels at Gough Island: a consequence of mouse predation. Bird Conservation International 23: 113-124
  • Parker, G. C., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, K. A., Ryan, P. G., Techow, N. M. S. and Cuthbert, R. J. (2012) Morphometric and genetic sexing in the Gough moorhen Gallinula comeri. Ringing & Migration 27: 20-25
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. C., Ryan, P. G. and Cuthbert, R. J. (2012) Ringing injuries in the Gough moorhen Gallinula comeri. Ringing & Migration 27: 53–56
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Schofield, J. C. and Bishop, P. J. (2012) Survival blood sampling in small frogs using "keyhole cardiac puncture". Herpetological Review 43: 406–410
  • Cuthbert, R. J., Visser, P., Louw, H., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. and Ryan, P. G. (2011) Preparations for the eradication of mice from Gough Island: results of bait acceptance trials above ground and around cave systems. Pp. 47-50 in C. R. Veitch, M. N. Clout and D. R. Towns, ed. Island invasives: Eradication and management. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Bishop, P. J. and Wharton, D. A. (2011) Skin ice nucleators and glycerol in the freezing-tolerant frog Litoria ewingii. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 181: 781–792

Reports
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K. 2020. Drone-based Salvin’s albatross population assessment: feasibility at the Bounty Islands. Report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.

  • Rexer-Huber, K., Elliott, G., Walker, K., Thompson, D., Parker, G.C. 2020. Gibson’s albatross and white-capped albatross in the Auckland Islands 2019–20. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.

  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C. 2020. Bounty Islands drone trials: feasibility for population assessment of NZ fur seal. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.

  • Thompson, D., Sagar, P., Briscoe, D., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K., Charteris, M. 2020. Salvin’s albatross: Bounty Islands population project ground component. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, Wellington.

  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K. 2020. Kārearea / New Zealand falcons at Adams Island summer 2019 – 2020. Brief report to DOC Maukahuka. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.

  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, K.A., Parker, G.C. 2020. Campbell Island seabirds: Operation Endurance November 2019. Final report to Marine Species and Threats, Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin.

  • Rexer-Huber, K., Trewick, S., Parker, G.C., Robertson, B.C. 2019. Auckland Island falcon/kārearea genetic analysis. Report to DOC Maukahuka. Parker Conservation.

  • Rexer-Huber, K.; Elliott, G.; Thompson, D.; Walker, K.; Parker, G.C. 2019. Seabird populations, demography and tracking: Gibson’s albatross, white-capped albatross and white-chinned petrels in the Auckland Islands 2018–19. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Dunedin, Parker Conservation

  • Rexer-Huber, K.; Parker, G. 2019. Maukahuka indicator species 2018: Enderby, Rose, French’s, Adams and Disappointment Islands. Final report to DOC Maukahuka. Dunedin, Parker Conservation.

  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K. 2019. Characterisation and mitigation of protected species interactions in inshore trawl fisheries. Report to Conservation Services Programme. Parker Conservation, Dunedin. 45 p.

  • Rexer-Huber, K. and Parker, G.C. 2019. Characterising discharge management in small-vessel trawl and longline fisheries. Report to Conservation Services Programme. Parker Conservation, Dunedin. 43 p.

  • Sagar, P., Charteris, M., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K., Thompson, D. 2018. Salvin's albatross: Bounty Islands population project. Final report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation, prepared by NIWA. 18 p.

  • Rexer-Huber, K., Thompson, D.R., Parker, G.C. 2018. White-capped albatross mark-recapture study at Disappointment Island, Auckland Islands. Report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin. 15 p.

  • Elliott, G., Walker, K., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K. 2018. Gibson's wandering albatross population study and census 2017/18, June 2018. Report prepared by Albatross Research for the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation. 16p.

  • Parker, G.C., Sagar, P., Thompson, D., Rexer-Huber, K. 2017. The establishment of a marked population of white-capped albatrosses to allow estimation of adult survival and other demographic parameters, Disappointment Island, Auckland Islands. Report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation, Wellington. Parker Conservation, Dunedin

  • Parker, G.C., Walker, K., Elliott, G., Baker, G.B., Debski, I., Jensz, K., Sagar, P., Thompson, D., Rexer-Huber, K. 2017. Trial of three methods to obtain population estimates of light-mantled sooty albatross Phoebetria palpebrata at Campbell and Auckland islands, New Zealand. In: Fourth Meeting of the Population and Conservation Status Working Group. Information paper 20. ACAP, Hobart

  • Walker K., Elliott, G., Rexer-Huber K., Parker G. 2017. Gibson's wandering albatross population study and census 2016/17. Report to the Conservation Services Programme, Department of Conservation, Wellington. Albatross Research, Nelson

  • Parker, G.C., Muller, C.G., Rexer-Huber, K. (2016). Northern giant petrel Macronectes halli breeding population survey, Auckland Islands, December 2015 – February 2016. Report prepared by Parker Conservation for the Department of Conservation, Wellington. 16p.
  • Elliott, G., Walker, K., Parker, G., Rexer-Huber, K. (2016). Gibson's wandering albatross census and population study 2015/16. Report prepared by Albatross Research for the Department of Conservation, Wellington. 19p.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Thompson, D. (2016). New Zealand White-chinned Petrel population research update. Report to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, Third Meeting of the Population and Conservation Status Working Group. Parker Conservation, Dunedin
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Robertson, B.C. (2015). Phylogenetic affinities of New Zealand white-chinned petrels: questions for conservation management. Draft report prepared by University of Otago for New Zealand Department of Conservation, Wellington
  • Parker, G.C. and Rexer-Huber, K. (2015). Literature review of methods for estimating population size of burrowing petrels based on extrapolations from surveys. Report prepared by Parker Conservation for the Department of Conservation, Wellington. 29p.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Sagar, P. and Thompson, D. (2015). White-chinned petrel population estimate, Disappointment Island (Auckland Islands). Report to the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. Parker Conservation, Dunedin
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Thompson, D. (2015) An assessment of the breeding distribution of grey petrels Procellaria cinerea, Campbell Island, New Zealand. Report to the Department of Conservation. Parker Conservation, Dunedin 
  • Thompson D., Parker G.C., Rexer-Huber K., Sagar P. (2015). Feasibility of Monitoring White-capped Albatross at Disappointment Island. Report prepared by National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Ltd for Department of Conservation, Conservation Services Programme.
  • Parker, G.C., Rexer-Huber, K., Sagar, P.M. (2015) Trip report to DOC Southland: Disappointment, Adams and Campbell islands. Internal report from Parker Conservation to the Department of Conservation, New Zealand
  • Parker, G.C. and Rexer-Huber, K. (2014) Adams Island trip report. Internal report from Albatross Research to the Department of Conservation, New Zealand.
  • Lee, J., Black, A., Parker, G. and Rexer-Huber, K. (2013) Report on mortality of non-target species following year 1 of Phase 2 of the South Georgia rodent eradication. Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Stanley.
  • Rexer-Huber, K. (2013) Contributing to prioritisation of invasive vertebrate eradications. Falklands Conservation, Stanley.
  • Rexer-Huber, K. (2013) Progress report on the Falkland Islands Biodiversity Database v 7. Falklands Conservation, Stanley.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Reeves, M., Stanworth, A. and Cuthbert, R.J. (2012) Baiting trials, winter biology and non-target species: house mice on Steeple Jason August–September 2012. RSPB Research Report No. 51. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK. ISBN 978-1-905601-42-4.
  • Cuthbert, R. J., Black, A., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. and Sommer, E. (2012) Field trials for the eradication of House Mice from South Georgia. RSPB Research Report No. 48 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK. ISBN 978-1-905601-35-6.
  • Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G. C. and Black, A. (2012) Rat monitoring on the Greene Peninsula: pre-winter wax tag checks. Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Stanley.
  • Black, A., Poncet, S., Wolfaardt, A., Peters, D., Hart, T., Wolfaardt, L., Tasker, M. and Rexer-Huber, K. (2012) Rodent eradication on South Georgia – preparation and evaluation: a summary report of activities during the 2011/2012 field season. Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Stanley.
  • Poncet, S., Passfield, K., Rexer-Huber, K. (2012) Burrowing petrel surveys: Top and Bottom Islands and Tussac Point in Port William and Sophie and Amy Islands in Port Pleasant. Beaver Island LandCare, Stanley.
  • Rexer-Huber, K. and Parker, G. C. (2011) Captive husbandry of the Gough Island bunting and moorhen. RSPB Research Report 42. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK.

Mattern, T., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G., Amey, J., Green, C.-P., Tennyson, A.J.D., Sagar, P.M., Thompson, D.R., 2021. Erect-crested penguins on the Bounty Islands: population size and trends determined from ground counts and drone surveys. Notornis 68, 37–50.