Shane Baylis (BSc, MSc)

Shane Baylis shares membership in the Rohan Clarke and Paul Sunnucks Labs. He has a BSc and an MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, and is still haunted by the Statistics major he picked up as an undergraduate. To wit, when he wasn't researching nest predation by rats, he spent his MSc researching the biases in widely-used estimates of different species' maximum longevities.

He worked in Postmortem and Pathology for the 2011 - 2012 Rena oil spill, where he had the opportunity to work on both seabirds and whales. After the spill, he opted to study seabirds, opining that: “A datapoint, to be usable, should weigh no more than a few kilograms. Whales are a mug's game.” Accordingly, for his PhD he studies terns and noddies – the lightest seabirds studied by anyone in the Clarke lab.

When Shane is not doing Science, he enjoys SCUBA, bicycle maintenance, baking, and indoor rock-climbing. Read his blog

Published papers

Shane M. Baylis, Phillip Cassey, and Mark E. Hauber. (2012). Capsaicin as a deterrent against introduced mammalian nest predators. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:518-524

In review:

Shane M. Baylis, Marc de Lisle, and Mark E Hauber (in review). Inferring maximum lifespan from maximum recorded longevity carries substantial risk of estimation bias.

Conference Presentations:

The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Conference and AGM 2012 Shane Baylis, Colin Miskelly, Alan Tennyson, Susan Waugh, Sandy Bartle, Stuart Hunter, Brett Gartrell, Kerri Morgan. Impacts of the Rena oil spill on New Zealand seabirds

The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Conference and AGM 2012 Alan Tennyson, Stuart Hunter, Colin Miskelly, Shane Baylis, Susan Waugh, Sandy Bartle, Brett Gartrell, Kerri Morgan. Causes of seabird mortality in the Bay of Plenty, Oct-Nov 2011

The Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC), Armidale, Australia 2009 Shane Baylis. Investigating mesopredator release in New Zealand ecological reserves with differing types of predation control

The Fifth Annual Albatross and Petrel Conference, Wellington, NZ 2012 Colin Miskelly. Shane Baylis, Alan Tennyson, Susan Waugh, Sandy Bartle, Stuart Hunter, Brett Gartrell and Kerri Morgan. Impacts of the Rena oil spill on New Zealand seabirds (Poster presentation).