Amelie Auge


Dr Amélie A. Augé 

My research interests focus in spatial ecology, combining my original vocation in animal behaviour and conservation with my interests in spatio-temporal data, GIS and coastal and marine habitats, to design and work on projects that provide recommendations for conservation and management of coastal and marine wildlife and environments.




Summary education and post-PhD employment

- Marine Biosecurity and Strategy Manager (2019-now), Northland Regional Council, New Zealand

- Technical Advisor, Marine (2018), 4-month secondment, Department of Conservation

- Biodiversity Planner (2017-2018), Department of Conservation, New Zealand

- Senior Marine Ecologist and Project Manager (2014-16), South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, Falkland Islands

- PostDoc in Conservation Planning (2012-14), ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia

- PhD in Zoology (2011), University of Otago, New Zealand
- MSc (by thesis only) in Surveying/Spatial Ecology (2007), University of Otago
- PGDipSci in Marine Science (2004), University of Otago

- BSc in Animal Biology/Wildlife Management (2003), University of Rennes (France) & University of Quebec at Rimouski (Canada)


Little bit of my scientific journey

After completing my PhD that was principally focused on getting data and analysing them to provide management recommendations for an endangered species (the New Zealand sea lion), I wanted to expand my skills in the human side of environmental management and large-scale environmental issues. I moved into the field of Conservation Planning. It was a steep learning curve to engage in this field, at the frontier with social sciences. It gave me real-world insights into the precarious bridge between science and policies.


I have now taken a position outside academia to be actively involved in the link between science and government policies and work programmes. My aim is to use leading science-grounded advice and strategic planning to improve marine and coastal conservation by influencing funding decisions and on-the-ground operations, and by developing collaborations and partnerships to enhance conservation outcomes.


My research skills include:

  • Multi-disciplinary research projects
  • Marine and coastal ecology, behavioural ecology
  • Cumulative impact analyses and modeling
  • Spatial and habitat mapping and analyses
  • Conceptual frameworks
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Remote island and boat fieldwork
  • Animal handling, tagging, satellite and VHF tracking
  • Workshop design and facilitation
  • Teaching, supervising, training
  • Public communication
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The map below shows all the locations where I have worked and/or conducted fieldwork, leading, assisting, guiding or volunteering. Marine mammals (pinnipeds and cetaceans) have been the focus of most projects, but I also worked with seabirds, reptiles and small land mammals, as well as habitat mapping.

GIS, Spatial analyses

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data provide fantastic tools for analysing spatial patterns such as animal movements, habitat use, interactions with humans etc. A lot of my research involves GIS and mapping wildlife processes, human activities and impacts.

Stakeholder engagement

Spatial analyses and mapping can provide invaluable knowledge for management. Workshops, public communication, and media are important aspects of my work to ensure science is applied to protect coastal areas (land and sea), islands and oceans sustainably and benefit communities in the long-term.