Graham Don

Manager Bioresearches

MSc (Hons) (Zoology), BSc (majoring in Botany and Zoology)


09 887 6036


Specialising in

  • Marine Ecology
  • Ornithology – coastal and terrestrial bird surveys
  • Terrestrial bird surveys
  • Bioresearches project management
  • Fieldwork, peer review, client liaison and evidence presentation


Graham manages the Bioresearches group which works to establish the effects of developments and projects on the environment, and to provide answers on how to mitigate them.

The group, which became part of Babbage Consultants in 2015, conducts field surveys and investigations to collect ecological information aimed at solving problems and answering questions surrounding developments. Graham says there is a responsibility to clients to produce the best case, using good science, for projects ranging from airports and marinas, to pipelines and walkways.

Graham has worked across the field in all parts of New Zealand and the Chatham Islands since joining Bioresearches after graduating from the University of Auckland in 1975. His special interest now is coastal birds and he has developed a survey technique that he says produces “bulletproof” information.

He says there is a responsibility to preserve New Zealand’s biodiversity and ecological assessments are required by the Resource Management Act, with recommendations potentially becoming conditions of a project’s consent.


Key projects include

  • Auckland International Airport bird hazard assessment – second runway
  • Puhoi-Warkworth Highway Board of Inquiry evidence on the terrestrial ecology
  • Marsden Cove long-term coastal bird monitoring
  • Refining New Zealand coastal bird surveys
  • Viaduct Basin redevelopment for the America’s Cup
  • Whangamata Marina long-term coastal bird monitoring
  • Terrestrial bird survey: 500ha Reefton beech forest