Dianne Brunton

Dianne Heather Brunton
ResidenceNew Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Auckland, University of Michigan
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassey University

Dianne Heather Brunton is a New Zealand ecology academic. As of 2018, she is a full professor at Massey University.[1]

Academic career[edit]

After an undergraduate at University of Auckland and a 1987 PhD titled 'Reproductive Effort Of Male And Female Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus' at the University of Michigan, Brunton returned to New Zealand and the Massey University, rising to full professor.[1]

Brunton is the head of the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and also founded the Ecology and Conservation Group at Massey University.[2]

Much of Brunton's research focus on bird behaviour and singing,[3] but has published over a wide range of topics.[4][2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Constantine, Rochelle, Dianne H. Brunton, and Todd Dennis. "Dolphin-watching tour boats change bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) behaviour." Biological conservation 117, no. 3 (2004): 299-307.
  • Cooper, Garth JS, Anthony RJ Phillips, Soon Y. Choong, Bridget L. Leonard, David J. Crossman, Dianne H. Brunton, Etuate L. Saafi et al. "Regeneration of the heart in diabetes by selective copper chelation." Diabetes 53, no. 9 (2004): 2501–2508.
  • Brunton, Dianne H. "Impacts of predators: center nests are less successful than edge nests in a large nesting colony of Least Terns." Condor (1997): 372-380.
  • Brunton, Dianne H. "The effects of nesting stage, sex, and type of predator on parental defense by killdeer (Charadrius vociferous): testing models of avian parental defense." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 26, no. 3 (1990): 181-190.
  • Cooper, Garth JS, Yih-Kai Chan, Ajith M. Dissanayake, Fiona E. Leahy, Geraldine F. Keogh, Chris M. Frampton, Gregory D. Gamble, Dianne H. Brunton, John R. Baker, and Sally D. Poppitt. "Demonstration of a hyperglycemia-driven pathogenic abnormality of copper homeostasis in diabetes and its reversibility by selective chelation: quantitative comparisons between the biology of copper and eight other nutritionally essential elements in normal and diabetic individuals." Diabetes 54, no. 5 (2005): 1468–1476.


  1. ^ a b "Prof Dianne Brunton – Head of Institute – Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences – Massey University". www.massey.ac.nz.
  2. ^ a b "Dianne Brunton: bird songs and dialects". RNZ. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ "An ecologist's dream of a predator-free NZ – Massey University". Massey.ac.nz. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Professor Dianne Brunton". RNZ. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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