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Katerina AchilleosKaterina

Thesis Title (PhD): Growth and calcification in articulated bryozoans as a response to environmental conditions.
Supervisor: Abby Smith, Chris Brown (Biochemistry), Dennis Gordon (NIWA, Wellington).
Email: achka774@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Biological Sciences & MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

 


Jacob AndersonJacob

Thesis Title (PhD): Determining Antarctica’s terrestrial climate history from microbial populations in permafrost
Supervisor: Gary Wilson, Craig Cary (University of Waikato), Christina Riesselman
Email: jacob.anderson@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc - Earth Science and Geography (Massey University), MSc - Geology (University of Otago)

Publications:

  • Anderson, J.T.H., Wilson, G.S., Fink, D., Lilly, K., Levy, R.H., and Townsend, D. (2017). Reconciling marine and terrestrial evidence for post LGM ice sheet retreat in southern McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Quaternary Science Reviews, 157, 1-13.


Cerys Bailey

Thesis Title (PhD): Two-layer flow, curvature and mixing in the Taieri River
Supervisor: Ross Vennell
Email: baice789@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc (Hons) Ocean Sciences, University of Plymouth; MSc Applied Physical Oceanography, University of Wales, Bangor


Georgia Bell

Thesis Title (MSc): Ecology of fecal indicators in estuarine waters and shellfish
Supervisor: Federico Baltar, Chris Hepburn, Sergio Morales
Email: belge510@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Microbiology, University of Otago: PGDipSci, University of Otago

 

 

 


Stephanie Bennington

Thesis Title (MSc): Habitat-use of bottlenose dolphins in Doubtful & Dusky sound
Supervisors: Steve Dawson & Will Rayment
Email: benst169@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc majoring in Ecology & Zoology (Otago University)

 

 

 


Tom BroughTom

Thesis Title (PhD): Next steps for management: population and spatial ecology of Hector's dolphins at Banks Peninsula.
Supervisor: Steve Dawson, Will Rayment, Liz Slooten (Zoology)
Email: broto334@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc (Otago), PgDip WILM (Otago), MSc (Otago)
Publications:

  • Brough TE, Guerra M, Dawson SM 2015. Photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins in the far south of New Zealand indicates a new, previously un-studied population. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 150-158.
  • Guerra M, Dawson SM, Brough TE, Rayment WJ 2014. Effects of boats on the surface and acoustic behaviour of an endangered population of bottlenose dolphins. Endangered species research 24: 221-236.
  • Guerra-Bobo M & Brough TE 2011. Neighbour density, body size and anti-predator hiding time in the New Zealand mud-crab Austrohelice crassa. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 91: 691-694.


Jennifer ChinJennifer

Thesis Title (MSc): The responses of sea urchin (Pseudechinus sp.) hybrid offspring to ocean warming and ocean acidification
Supervisor: Miles Lamare
Email: chije615@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BAppSc (Biology and Medical Laboratory Science), University of Applied Sciences Leiden, the Netherlands

 

 

 


Alex ConnollyAlex

Thesis Title (MSc): Identifying shifts in the trophic positions of coastal fish species associated with an increasing human population.
Supervisor: Lucy Wing, Steve Wing, Ian Smith
Email: conal845@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Ecology (Otago)

 

 

 


Josie CrawshawJosie

Thesis Title (PhD): Sinks of agriculturally derived nitrogen in estuarine and coastal lagoon ecosystems
Supervisors: Candida Savage, Marc Schallenberg (Zoology)
Email: crajo964@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Marine Science) University of Otago, PGDip in Marine Science (Otago)

Publications:

  • Highton MP, Roosa S, Crawshaw J, Schallenberg M, Morales SE (2016) Physical Factors Correlate to Microbial Community Structure and Nitrogen Cycling Gene Abundance in a Nitrate Fed Eutrophic Lagoon Frontiers in Microbiology 7 doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.01691.

Fenella Deans

Thesis Title (PhD): The influence of ocean acidification on nutrient availability and greenhouse gas fluxes in coastal waters
Supervisor: Federico Baltar, Sergio Morales, Clifford Law
Email: deafe496@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc (Hons) Ecology (University of Otago)


Erica Donlon

Thesis Title (MSc): Thermal tolerance and growth patterns in the midget octopus Octopus huttoni
Supervisors: Miles Lamare
Email: doner673@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

 

 


Nadjejda Espinel Velasco

Thesis Title (PhD): Response of marine invertebrates to reduced seawater pH and warming at larval settlement and metamorphosis
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Sam Dupont, Federico Baltar and Antonio Agüera
Email: espna527@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; MSc Biology University of Brussels, Belgium; MSc Marine Science Ghent University, Belgium.


Marta GuerraMarta

Thesis Title (PhD): Habitat use and foraging ecology of a declining population of sperm whales at Kaikoura, New Zealand
Supervisors: Steve Dawson, Will Rayment, Liz Slooten (Zoology), Lucy Wing (née Jack)
Email: guema736@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc - Biology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), PGDip - Wildlife Management (University of Otago), MSc Thesis - Marine Science (University of Otago)
Publications:

  • Brough TE, Guerra M, Dawson SM (2015) Photo-identification of dolphins in the far south of New Zealand indicates a ‘new’, previously unstudied population. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 49: 150-158.
  • Guerra M, Dawson SM, Brough TE, Rayment WJ (2014) Effects of boats on the surface and acoustic behaviour of an endangered population of bottlenose dolphins. Endangered Species Research, 24: 221-236.
  • Guerra-Bobo M, and Brough TE (2011) Neighbour density, body size and anti-predator hiding time in the New Zealand mud-crab Austrohelice crassa. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 91: 691-694.

Jack Hall

Thesis Title (MSc): Bacterial production rates on macro-algal surfaces
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn, Federico Baltar
Email: halja373@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BApSc Aquaculture and Fisheries, Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Marine Science)

 

 

 


Sam Heenan

Thesis Title (MSc): Bluff oyster reproduction and recruitment
Supervisors: Miles Lamare
Email: heesa277@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Minor in Zoology, Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Accounting

 

 

 


Simone Jarrett

Thesis Title (MSc): The occurance of coralline algae bleaching
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn
Email: jarsi748@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BApSc Aquaculture and Fisheries

 

 

 


David Johnstonjohda957

Thesis Title (MSc): Social aspects of demographic stochasticity in an endangered population of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).
Supervisor: Steve Dawson, Will Rayment & Liz Slooten (Zoology)
Email: johda957@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Zoology, Minor in Marine Science (University of Otago)

 

 

 


Anna Kluibenschedlkluan430

Thesis Title (PhD):Future Ocean and New Zealand Coralline Algae: Biological and Ecological Responses Under Elevated pCO2
Supervisor: Miles Lamare, Chris Hepburn, Wendy Nelson (University of Auckland)
Email: kluan430@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Biology, University of Innsbruck/ Austria; MSc Tropical Marine Ecology, University of Bremen/ Germany

Publications:

  • Fabricius, K. E., Kluibenschedl, A., Harrington, L., Noonan, S., & De'Ath, G. (2015). In situ changes of tropical crustose coralline algae along carbon dioxide gradients. Scientific reports, 5.


Stina KolodzeyStina

Thesis Title (MSc): Demographic variability among subpopulations of two coastal fishes around the South Island of New Zealand
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Email: kolst069@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (Biology) University of Hamburg, Germany

 

 

 


Paulo F. Lagoslagpa454

Thesis Title (PhD): Investigating the response of the krill Nyctiphanes australis (Euphausiacea) to stress caused by environmental change: a dynamic energy budget approach
Supervisor: Miles Lamare
Email: lagpa454@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Master Degree in Marine Biology (M.Sc.) , Degree in Marine Biology (BA) (Universidad Andres Bello)

 

 

 


Eugene LeahyEugene

Thesis Title (MSc): Range expansion and seasonal shifts in population demography of Undaria pinnatifida along the Otago coastline
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn
Email: leaeu473@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BAppSc Aquaculture and Fisheries, University of Otago

 

 

 


Eva Leunissen

Thesis Title (MSc): Acoustic Impact of Lyttelton Port Reconstruction
Supervisor: Steve Dawson
Email: leuev578@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Mathematics and Physics, University of Otago: BSc (Hon) in Physics , University of Otago

 

 

 


Rob Lewislewro351

Thesis Title (MSc): Population demographics of sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) in Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island.
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Steve Dawson
Email: lewro351@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Zoology, Massey University; GradDip Marine Science, Otago University

 

 

 


Rebecca McMullin

Thesis Title (PhD): Tracking flow and fate of organic matter, nutrients and contaminants within food webs surrounding alternate aquaculture configurations.
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Kim Hageman and Russell Frew
Email: mcmre958@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): MSc - Marine Science (University of Otago)

 

 

 


Levi McPherson

Thesis Title (BAppSc Hons): Key Habitat of the New Zealand Black Flounder and Sand Flounder within Estuaries.
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Will Rayment & Daniel Pritchard (Ngai Tahu)
Email: mcmre958@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BAppSc Aquaculture and Fisheries, and Zoology (University of Otago)

 

 

 


Hang Thi Thuy Nguyen

Thesis Title (PhD): The ecophysiology of coralline algae in Southern New Zealand
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn, Federico Baltar, Daniel Pritchard
Email: nguha960@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): MSc (Kyushu University – Japan)

 

 

 


Richard Olsen

Thesis Title (MSc): Investigating Drivers of Tipping Points in Coastal Soft Sediment Ecosystems. (Working Title)
Supervisors: Candida Savage
Email: olsri510@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Zoology Major, Marine Science Minor, Otago University

 

 

 


Bryce PeeblesBryce

Thesis Title (PhD): The taphonomy of chitons: an examination of valve ultrastructures, pigments, and responses to abrasion and dissolution
Supervisor: Abby Smith, Hamish Spencer (Zoology)
Email: peebr797@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Oceanography, Humboldt State University; MSc, University of Otago

 

 

 


Tiffany Plencnerpleti480

Thesis Title (MSc): Does age influence cetacean hearing ability?: An investigation of the tympanoperiotic complex in four species of New Zealand odontocetes
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce (Geology), Steve Dawson
Email: pleti480@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Marine Biology and Zoology, Humboldt State University (USA), PGDipSci- Marine Science, University of Otago (NZ)

 

 

 


Fachry RamadyanFachry

Thesis Title (MSc): Spatial and Temporal Variability of Phytoplankton Biomass in Subtropical Front around New Zealand
Supervisor: Ross Vennell
Email: ramfa393@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Oceanography, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Publications:

  • Ramadyan F, Radjawane IM (2013). Seasonal Surface Geostrophic Current in Arafura-Timor Waters. Jurnal Ilmu dan Teknologi Kelautan Tropis 5 (2). 261-271

Trent Rasmussen

Thesis Title (MSc): What factors govern parasite assemblages in sharks? A look at parasite filter mechanisms in the Draughtsboard Shark Cephaloscyllium isabellum.
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Haseeb Randhawa
Email: rastr681@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Ecology (University of Otago)

 

 

 


Ben RobertsonBen

Thesis Title (PhD): Development of a cost-effective trophic state assessment protocol for shallow, temperate, tidal lagoon estuaries.
Supervisors: Candida Savage, Steve Wing, Federico Baltar, Jonathan Gardner (Victoria University, Wellington)
Email: robbe980@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc (Hons 1st Class) Marine Biology & Statistics (Victoria University, Wellington).

 

 

 


Norliana Roslimohno780

Thesis Title (PhD): The ecology of meiofauna from the New Zealand continental margin.
Supervisors: Keith Probert, Daniel Leduc (NIWA)
Email: mohno780@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Marine Biology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu; MSc Thesis, Marine Biology, University Malaysia Sarawak.

Publications:

  • Rosli N, Leduc D, Probert PK (2014). Two new species and a new record of Comesomatidae (Nematoda, Araeolaimida) from Southern Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Zootaxa 3900 (4): 505–525.

Daniel Smart

Thesis Title (MSc): Reproduction and thermal tolerance of the blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in southern New Zealand
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Abby Smith
Email: smada481@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Oceanography, University of Otago

 

 

 


Aless Smith

Thesis Title (MSc): Effects of sedimentation on sub-tidal and intertidal organisms in the Otago Harbour and how citizen science can assist in monitoring change
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn
Email: smial920@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Applied Science in aquaculture and fisheries (major) and ecology (minor)

 

 

 


Robert O Smith

Thesis Title (PhD): Variability of the Subtropical Front in the western South Pacific
Supervisor: Ross Vennell
Email: smiro528@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Oceanography, University of Southampton


Tamlyn SomerfordTamlyn

Thesis Title (MSc): Sperm whale population dynamics and social structure
Supervisor: Will Rayment, Steve Dawson and Liz Slooten
Email: somta876@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc (Zoology), BA (English, minor in Spanish Language) University of Otago

 

 

 


Kate Sparks

Thesis Title (PhD): The adaptive capacity of marine invertebrate larvae to ocean acidification: Comparison of genetic and metabolic responses across latitudinal gradients
Supervisor: Miles Lamare
Email: spaka870@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): MSci Marine Biology, University of Southampton (integrated MSc and BSc degree)


Saki Takagaki

Thesis Title (MSc): The distribution and abundance of surface macro-zooplankton off the Otago Coast, New Zealand
Supervisor: Miles Lamare
Email: taksa790@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Zoology, University of Otago: PGDipSc in Marine Science, University of Otago


Sam Thomas

Thesis Title (PhD): The effects of multiple stressors on ecosystem functioning across a changing turbididity gradient in South Island estuaries
Supervisor: Candida Savage, Conrad Pilditch (Waikato University)
Email: thosa401@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Zoology major,Ecology minor; MSc in Marine Science, University of Otago


Jacquetta Udy

Thesis Title (MSc): Drivers of Community Structure and Food Web Architecture in Temperate Reef Fish
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Email: udyja649@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Major: Zoology Minor: Marine Science


María Jesús Valdés HernándezMaria

Thesis Title (PhD): Effect of mussel farms on Hector’s dolphin, Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori, at Banks Peninsula, New Zealand: an ecosystem perspective
Supervisor: Will Rayment, Steve Dawson and Chris Hepburn
Email: valma163@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor in Marine Science (Universidad Andres Bello), Marine Biology Degree (Universidad Andres Bello)


Lisa van Halderen

Thesis Title (MSc): Investigating rāhui in a fisheries management context and the methods of re-opening a temporary closure.
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn and Anne-Marie Jackson
Email: vanli343@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s):BSc Zoology, PGDipWLM


Susan WellsSusan

Thesis Title (MSc): Changes in the growth rate of the New Zealand cockle (Austrovenus stutchburyi) since early human settlement in New Zealand: an indication of the extent of human impact on estuarine health.
Supervisor: Lucy Wing (née Jack), Abby Smith, Ian Smith (Archaeology)
Email: welsu893@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Zoology & Ecology (Massey University)

 

 

 


Jess Wenley

Thesis Title (MSc): The Role of Subtropical Fronts in Shaping Bacterioplankton Abundance, Viability and Single Cell Activity
Supervisor: Federico Baltar, Sergio Morales
Email: wenje160@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Biochemistry major & Marine Science minor


Lindsay WickmanLindsay

Thesis Title (MSc): The effects of a decreasing mark rate on precision of estimates of survival rate of Hector’s dolphins
Supervisor: Steve Dawson, Liz Slooten (Zoology), and Will Rayment
Email: wicli336@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Marine Science and Biology, University of Miami