Yvan's background is in ecology—specifically population dynamics, conservation biology, animal movements and landscape ecology.
He moved from France to New Zealand in 2002 to study for a PhD at Massey University on habitat fragmentation and bird population dynamics.
Yvan started at Dragonfly in 2010 and has worked extensively on the analysis of seabird bycatch in fisheries.
“I developed a passion for ecology when I was working on the black-legged kittiwake with some amazing characters doing both fieldwork in unique places and dealing with interesting research questions. My mentors at university and then the National Museum of Natural History in Paris were a big influence on me.
Yvan completed his undergraduate study at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. His PhD and two-year post-doc at Massey University in Palmerston North, where he was involved in Marsden-funded projects using robins as a model for studying habitat fragmentation. He gained experience with modern analysis techniques such as Bayesian analysis, machine learning, GIS, habitat suitability models, and capture-recapture models.
“I've always loved spending time in the field, whether its on the cliffs of Brittany in France, the Norwegian arctic or the forests here in New Zealand. I also enjoy the intellectual challenge of data analysis, and coming up with a better understanding and drawing out meaningful stories.
“I enjoy the lifestyle in New Zealand and the opportunity to do innovative things and move forward here. The job at Dragonfly has been full of challenge, but I feel I'm doing something very useful. There's a great atmosphere here and we have plenty of fun in the team. It's the best job.”
Some of Yvan's work from Massey University can be found on these pages:
Richard, Y., & Abraham, E. R. (2013). Application of Potential Biological Removal methods to seabird populations. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 108.
Richard, Y., & Abraham, E. R. (2013). Risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabird populations, 2006–07 to 2010–11. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 109.
Richard, Y., & Abraham, E. R. (2013). Risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabird populations, 2006–07 to 2010–11 – Supplementary material. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 109.
Richard, Y., Perriman, L., Lalas, C., & Abraham, E. R. (2013). Demographic rates of northern royal albatross at Taiaroa Head, New Zealand.
Pierre, J., Abraham, E., Richard, Y., & Middleton, D. (2012). Reducing seabird bycatch through improving management of fisheries waste. Presented at the 5th International Albatross and Petrel Conference, Wellington, August 2012.
Pierre, J. P., Abraham, E. R., Richard, Y., Cleal, J., & Middleton, D. A. J. (2012). Controlling trawler waste discharge to reduce seabird mortality. Fisheries Research, 131–133, 30-38. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2012.07.005
Richard, Y., Abraham, E. R., & Filippi, D. (2011). Assessment of the risk to seabird populations from New Zealand commercial fisheries. Final Research Report for research projects IPA2009-19 and IPA2009-20. (Unpublished report held by Ministry of Fisheries, Wellington.). 66 pages.
Richard, Y., Abraham, E. R., Thompson, F. N., & Berkenbusch, K. (2011). Counts of seabirds around commercial fishing vessels within New Zealand waters.
Richard, Y., & Abraham, E. R. (2011). Preliminary analysis of data collected during the 2010 offal batching experiment. Unpublished report held by the Department of Conservation, Wellington, New Zealand. 28 pages.
Abraham, E. R., Berkenbusch, K. N., & Richard, Y. (2010). The capture of seabirds and marine mammals in New Zealand non-commercial fisheries. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 64. 52 pages.
Richard, Y., Boulton, R. L., & Armstrong, D. P. (2011). Assessing habitat quality from vital rates in fragmented landscapes. In preparation.
Richard, Y., & Armstrong, D. P. (2011). Natal dispersal of North Island robins (Petroica longipes) in a fragmented agricultural landscape. In preparation.
Richard, Y., Boulton, R. L., & Armstrong, D. P. (2011). Disentangling the relative roles of habitat quality and landscape connectivity in metapopulation dynamics. In preparation.
Richard, Y., & Armstrong, D. P. (2010). Cost distance modelling of landscape connectivity and gap-crossing ability using radio-tracking data. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 603-610. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01806.x
Boulton, R. L., Richard, Y., & Armstrong, D. P. (2010). The effect of male incubation feeding, food and temperature on the incubation behaviour of New Zealand robins. Ethology, 116, 490-497. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2010.01759.x
Richard, Y., & Armstrong, D. P. (2010). The importance of integrating landscape ecology in habitat models: isolation-driven occurrence of north island robins in a fragmented landscape. Landscape Ecology, 25, 1363-1374. doi:10.1007/s10980-010-9488-8
Morgan, K., McArthur, N., Johnston, R., Richard, Y., & Armstrong, D. P. (2010). Using translocation of North Island robins to counter effects of forest fragmentation in the central North Island of New Zealand. In Soorae, P.S. Global re-introduction perspectives: re-introduction case-studies from around the globe. Abu Dhabi, UAE: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group.
Lewis, R. M., Armstrong, D. P., Joy, M. K., Richard, Y., Ravine, D., Berggren, A., & Boulton, R. L. (2009). Using artificial nests to predict nest survival at reintroduction sites. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 33, 40-51.
Armstrong, D. P., Richard, Y., Ewen, J. G., & Dimond, W. J. (2008). Avoiding hasty conclusions about effects of habitat fragmentation. Avian Conservation and Ecology-Écologie et conservation des oiseaux, 3, 8.
Boulton, R. L., Richard, Y., & Armstrong, D. P. (2008). Influence of food availability, predator density and forest fragmentation on nest survival of New Zealand robins. Biological Conservation, 141, 580-589.
Richard, Y. (2007). Demography and distribution of the North Island robin (Petroica longipes) in a fragmented agricultural landscape of New Zealand. Doctoral dissertation. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Boulinier, T., McCoy, K. D., Richard, Y., & Tveraa, T. (2000). Habitat selection based on conspecifics: local reproductive success affects attendance and prospecting of future potential breeders. In . 7th Seabird Group Conference, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.