Our Science

New Zealand’s most iconic species have undergone such extreme population declines as to have little or no genetic resilience in the event of a sudden stress such as a disease outbreak.    Efforts to partially restore ecosystems by intensive captive breeding and establishment of island sanctuaries therefore, have only gone part of the way to restoring biodiversity lost during the past 700 years of human occupation in New Zealand.  Many plant ecosystems adapted to browsing by large herbivores such as moa and are therefore likely to be experiencing negative effects of their disappearance.

We take a holistic technological approach to restoring New Zealand’s biodiversity and contributing to the international effort to halt human-induced extinction.  We recognize the exceptional work in preserving and restoring biodiversity undertaken by a range of conservation organisations such as Forest and Bird and Department of Conservation and seek to complement their work by developing new tools for the fight against extinction.  

In particular, we seek to do the following:

  • Improve data available to researchers and conservation groups genome sequencing and supply of open data.

  • Develop new technologies to assist endangered species conservation including techniques to reintroduce lost biodiversity.

  • Understand the origins of New Zealand’s unique ecosystem

  • Reintroduce extinct species by developing methods and technology required for comprehensive de-extinction.

  • Contribute to the global effort to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.