Adam Purcell




Adam is a general ecologist with an in-depth understanding of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecological principles.

After spending three years abroad, Adam began his ecological studies at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic with a focus purely on marine ecosystems. He then moved to the University of Waikato where he completed a BSc and MSc (Research) and shifted his focus to encompass freshwater and terrestrial ecology. For his master’s research, Adam studied the process of plant community assembly and specifically analysed how flooding impacted the functional traits of plants within a wetland plant community. The research also included a statistical modelling component working towards predicting the assembly of plant communities.

Before joining Kessels Ecology, Adam assisted with fieldwork around the South Island; taught on undergraduate papers; and worked as a science communication consultant. In 2013, Adam joined a research team collecting leaf samples and tree cores from Canterbury, Otago, Marlborough, and Tasman. Over 2014 and 2015, he assisted with teaching on papers at the University of Waikato on plant ecology, physiology, and identification. In 2016, he filled a role with a local consultancy helping to improve collaborative processes within and between organisations within the science industry.

Since joining Kessels Ecology, Adam has conducted lizard and bat surveys, fish translocations, and ecological assessments of wetland, forest, stream, and pond ecosystems. He holds a key role in undertaking vegetation surveying and mapping and is proficient with GIS mapping.


  • MSc (Research)(First Class Honours), University of Waikato
  • BSc majoring in Biological Sciences, University of Waikato


Key Skills

  • Vegetation surveys
  • Terrestrial and freshwater fauna surveys
  • Ecological impacts assessments
  • Restoration ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and vegetation mapping
  • Data analysis
  • R statistics

“I’m happiest when I’m outdoors in natural places. I really enjoy learning about nature and trying to understand the complex relationships between organisms and the environment.”

Society Memberships

  • New Zealand Ecological Society
  • National Wetland Trust of New Zealand
  • Waikato Botanical Society
  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network


  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Botany
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Mapping



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