Sara Kross

Senior LecturerSara Kross

Internal Phone: 91460

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

I focus on better understanding the interactions between wildlife and people, especially in human-dominated systems like farms and cities, which I see as critical frontiers in wildlife conservation. My hope is to provide applied science that supports sustainable farms and vibrant cities; and I take a collaborative approach to design research questions alongside land managers, community groups, and industry.

Our lab works on these topics in a variety of animals (invertebrates, birds, mammals) and in
- Understanding the role of restoration plantings in farmland and urban systems in supporting native biodiversity.
- Methods to attract beneficial species and deter detrimental species.
- The ecology of common raptor species in Aotearoa.

I am also committed to education and welcome enquiries from teachers in the Christchurch area- get in touch if your class is interested in these topics!

Recent Publications

  • Kross SM., Tait A., Raubenheimer D. and Nelson XJ. (2018) New Zealand falcon prey selection may not be driven by preference based on prey nutritional content. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42(1): 58-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.42.10.