== Professional achievements ==[[File:DonMerton and RichardHenry Kakapo.jpg|right|300px|thumb|Richard Henry [[kakapo]] held by Merton, [[Codfish Island]], November 2010. Richard Henry spent the past 35 years on four predatory-mammal-free islands. Named after [[Richard Treacy Henry]] the pioneer conservationist, and from 1894 to 1910, custodian of [[Resolution Island, New Zealand]] he was the last known survivor of his species from mainland New Zealand and was believed to be more than 100 years old.
Richard Henry’s legacy: His one female and two male off-spring hatched on [[Maud Island]] in 1998 may hold the key to genetic rescue of a species suffering from chronic lack of genetic diversity. Richard Henry kakapo was found dead on Codfish Island on 24 December 2010.ref]]
Together with NZWS colleagues and volunteers, his contributions include:
*pioneered capture and [[Species translocation|translocation]] techniques as management tools in the rescue and recovery of endangered birds: In the early 1960s Merton led some of the first successful translocations for conservation purposes involving [[New Zealand birds]] – including establishment of a second population of the North Island , and averting extinction of the South Island saddleback. Techniques pioneered then are now an everyday part of threatened species management within NZ and beyond;