Institute of Marine Science


Staff research interests

The Institute of Marine Science is committed to excellence and innovation in research. Our staff are engaged in a wide range of original fundamental and applied research. Much of our research is of direct relevance to the community. Many of our staff are recognised internationally for their work.

Research area Staff member Research interests
Coastal Processes Melissa Bowen Physical Oceanography: The South Pacific subtropical gyre and western boundary currents; Measuring ocean variability from satellite imagery and altimetry; Using mechanistic models to test drivers of ocean variability; Estuarine physics
Kathy Campbell Paleoecology of terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems; Paleoenvironmental interpretation; Organism-sediment interactions; Sedimentology, sedimentary geology, stable isotope geochemistry; Life in extreme environments; Fossils on active geological margins
Mark Costello Marine ecology; Introduced and invasive species; Habitat and ecosystem mapping and classification
Mark Dickson Geomorphic modelling; Rock and gravel coasts; Coastal management
Paul Kench Coastal processes; Coastal change analysis; Coastal geomorphology; Tropical coral reef processes; Coastal management
Carolyn Lundquist Marine ecosystems: health, impacts and resilience
Alwyn Rees Algal ecophysiology
Nick Shears Rocky reef ecosystems; sedimentation effects on marine systems
Richard Taylor Ecology of rocky reefs; Ecology of mobile benthic invertebrates
Environmental Science Mark Costello Marine ecology; Introduced and invasive species; Habitat and ecosystem mapping and classification; Conservation, Marine Protected Areas
Karen Tricklebank Marine ecology; Health of marine organisms
Evolution, Systematics and Ecology Kendall Clements Nutritional ecology – application to marine herbivorous fishes; Evolution of marine fishes; Fish nutrition and gut microflora
Rochelle Constantine Behavioural ecology; Conservation biology; Marine mammal biology
Mark Costello Biodiversity, biodiversity informatics, biogeography; ecology
Brendon Dunphy Ecophysiology, Seabirds, Animal resilience, Stress mechanisms, Metabolomics, Larval dispersal
Andrew Jeffs Marine aquaculture, ecology and biotechnology
Shane Lavery Molecular ecology and evolution of marine fauna
Carolyn Lundquist Marine ecosystems: health, impacts and resilience
John Montgomery Fish sensory biology; Movement ecology
Wendy Nelson Marine phycology including systematics, biogeography, ecology and life histories, with a primary focus on discovery and documentation of the NZ flora; Introduced species and their spread and impacts within NZ
Mary Sewell Reproduction and development of marine invertebrates – particularly echinoderms; Antarctic larvae; Ocean acidification and climate change
Nick Shears Rocky reef ecosystems; sedimentation effects on marine systems
Craig Radford Fish sensory biology, soundscape ecology and effects of anthropogenic stressors
Richard Taylor Ecology of rocky reefs; Ecology of mobile benthic invertebrates
  Mark Costello Aquaculture, fish ectoparasites (lice); Role of marine reserves in understanding fishery ecology
Brendon Dunphy Optimising production methods, Stress reduction, New species assessments, Larval dispersal, Metabolomics
Neill Herbert Finfish aquaculture, fish biology, fish physiology and behaviour in the context of exercise and growth physiology and environmental stress
Andrew Jeffs Marine aquaculture, ecology and biotechnology
John Montgomery Fish sensory biology; Movement ecology
Mary Sewell Reproduction and development of marine invertebrates – particularly echinoderms; Antarctic larvae; Ocean acidification and climate change
Ian Tuck Fisheries assessment; Shellfish fisheries ecology; Ecosystem indicators; Effects of fishing
Michael Walker Animal behaviour in space: migration and navigation, the magnetic sense and its use in navigation over long distances; Animal behaviour in time: analysis of the circatidal and circalunar rhythms
Oceanography Melissa Bowen Physical Oceanography: The South Pacific subtropical gyre and western boundary currents; Measuring ocean variability from satellite imagery and altimetry; Using mechanistic models to test drivers of ocean variability; Estuarine physics
John Cater Large eddy simulation; Experimental techniques in fluid dynamics including PIV, LDS & HWA
Brent Copp Marine chemical ecology
Mark Costello Global mapping marine ecosystems and biogeography
Mary Sewell Reproduction and development of marine invertebrates – particularly echinoderms; Antarctic larvae; Ocean acidification and climate change
Marine Chemistry Brent Copp Marine chemical ecology; Marine bioactives
Marine Geology Kathy Campbell Paleoecology of terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems; Paleoenvironmental interpretation; Organism-sediment interactions; Sedimentology, sedimentary geology, stable isotope geochemistry; Life in extreme environments; Fossils on active geological margins
Paul Kench Coastal processes; Coastal change analysis; Coastal geomorphology; Tropical coral reef processes; Coastal management
Phil Shane Marine volcanism
Lorna Strachan Deep marine sedimentary geology; Submarine slope processes, source to sink turbidite analysis