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Rachel Buxton

Research Associate

Degrees:B.Sc. (University of Victoria), M.Sc. (Memorial University), Ph.D. (University of Otago)
Office:Bennett and Cooke Labs
Nesbitt 338
Website:Visit My Website

Current Research

I am a conservation biologist interested in the impacts of humans on ecological systems and how ecological systems respond to restoration across geographic scales. My background is in seabird ecology and bicultural restoration of island ecosystems, where I determined ecological factors that that drive seabird population recovery after non-native predator eradication.  I also have expertise in soundscape ecology, including the impacts of noise pollution on wildlife, the importance of natural sound, and the use of acoustics to monitor biodiversity at large scales. My current research at is in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, examining Canada’s science needs to meet biodiversity targets and prioritizing actions for biodiversity conservation.  My ultimate goal is to provide robust research that informs conservation management and policy.

Selected Publications

Buxton, R. T., McKenna, M.F., Clapp, M., Meyer, E., Crooks, K., Angeloni, L., and Wittemyer, G. 2018. Efficacy of extracting indices from large-scale acoustic recordings to monitor biodiversity. Conservation Biology 32:1174-1184.

Buxton, R. T., McKenna, M. F., Mennitt, D., Fristrup, K., Crooks, K., Angeloni, L., and Wittemyer, G. 2017. Noise pollution is pervasive in US protected areas. Science 356: 531-533.

Buxton, R. T., Brown, E., Sharman, L., Gabriele, C. and McKenna, M. B. 2016. Using bioacoustics to examine songbird phenology. Ecology and Evolution 3: 4697-4710

Buxton, R. T., Jones, C.J., Lyver, P.O’B., Towns, D.R., and Borrelle, S. B. 2016. Deciding when to lend a helping hand: a restoration decision-making framework using New Zealand seabird islands as a model system. Biodiversity and Conservation 25 (3): 467-484.

Buxton, R.T., Jones, C.J., Moller, H., and Towns, D.R. 2014. Drivers of seabird population recovery on New Zealand islands after predator eradication. Conservation Biology 28: 333-344.