Dylan van Winkel

Senior Ecologist, Herpetologist

MSc Hons (Conservation Biology), PG Dip Sci (Zoology & Entomology), BSc (Zoology & Physiology)




Specialising in

  • Resource Management Act (RMA) technical assessments, mitigation and management
  • Exotic herpetofauna identification, risk assessment and eradication
  • Applied conservation strategies—biodiversity inventories, translocation and long-term monitoring


Dylan has a passion for the natural world and his work covers a variety of different taxa and ecosystems. He has a special interest in herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) but is equally proficient with birds, bats, and terrestrial invertebrates.

In his role, he undertakes ecological impact assessments, which involve baseline surveys, risk assessment, provision and implementation of management plans and advice, and long-term monitoring. His conservation work has lead to the recognition of new species, including an endemic gecko that incited a five-year Auckland Council-funded monitoring programme, and resulted in successful biodiversity inventories of poorly known regions in New Zealand, Tasmania, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea.

Dylan is a consultant herpetologist to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), tasked with providing exotic species determinations and risk assessments for reptiles and amphibians intercepted at the border. He is also a technical advisor to both MPI and Department of Conservation on both reptile conservation strategies and exotic herpetofauna eradication programmes.

Dylan’s enthusiasm for wildlife stems from his South African roots. As a youngster, he spent hours in the veldt collecting snakes, giant millipedes and chameleons, and after emigrating to New Zealand he completed his degrees at Massey University in 2008, before joining Bioresearches in 2009.


Key projects include

  • Alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris) eradication programme for the Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Auckland Council regional gecko and long-tailed bat monitoring projects
  • Ara Tuhono Puhoi-Wellsford motorway extension ecological impact assessment and management
  • Delimiting surveys and applied conservation for the Muriwai gecko (Woodworthia “Muriwai”)