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Paul Scofield

  • PhD
  • Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
  • Canterbury Museum
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Research interests

Taxonomy and Nomenclature of New Zealand's BirdsEvolutionPalaeontology


A museum-based ornithologist and palaeontologist with two specialist areas: the taxonomy and evolution of Australasian birds and the biology of Albatross and Petrels. With more than 20 years experience in collection based systematic research and the analysis and interpretation of molecular systematics, I have travelled extensively throughout the world studying bird and mammal biology and evolution.

Co-authors (297)

  • Trevor Worthy
  • Vanesa De Pietri
  • Sjúrður Hammer
  • Abe Borker

Publications (5)

  • Ancient mitochondrial genomes clarify the evolutionary history of New Zealand's enigmatic acanthisittid wrens

    • Mitchell K
    • Wood J
    • Llamas B
    • et al.
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  • Strong phylogeographic structure in a sedentary seabird, the Stewart Island shag (Leucocarbo chalconotus)

    • Rawlence N
    • Till C
    • Scofield R
    • et al.
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  • Age at first return to the breeding colony and juvenile survival of Sooty Shearwaters

    • Fletcher D
    • Moller H
    • Clucas R
    • et al.
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  • Ancient DNA analyses of early archaeological sites in New Zealand reveal extreme exploitation of moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) at all life stages

    • Oskam C
    • Allentoft M
    • Walter R
    • et al.
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  • The half-life of DNA in bone: Measuring decay kinetics in 158 dated fossils

    • Allentoft M
    • Collins M
    • Harker D
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology

Canterbury Museum

August 2001 - Present

Education history


University of Otago

August 1998 - March 2002(4 years)