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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.
  • Jones, R.S., Norton, K.P., Mackintosh, A.N., Anderson, J.T.H., Kubik, P., Vockenhuber, C., Wittmann, H., Fink, D., Wilson, G.S., Golledge, N.R. and McKay, R., (2017). Cosmogenic nuclides constrain surface fluctuations of an East Antarctic outlet glacier since the Pliocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 480, pp.75-86.


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): Dynamics of faecal contamination in the Waikouaiti estuary and implications for non-commercial harvest
Supervisor: Federico Baltar, Chris Hepburn, Sergio Morales
Email: belge510@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Microbiology and Immunology (University of Otago), PGDipSci Microbiology and Immunology (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)

 

 

 


Michael Bollen

Thesis Title (MSc): Holocene-Pleistocene palaeoceanography in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Christian Ohneiser (Geology)
Email: bolmi518@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Oceanography and Geology (University of Otago)

 

 

 


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)


Toby Dickson

Thesis Title (MSc):Size structure of a population of Sperm whales at Kaikoura, New Zealand
Supervisors: Steve Dawson, Will Rayment
Email: dicto094@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Zoology (Marine Science minor) - University of Otago

 

 

 


Erica Donlondoner673

Thesis Title (MSc): Growth, developmental rates, and ageing methods of the midget octopus Octopus huttoni
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Mark Lokman, and Jean McKinnon
Email: doner673@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Publications:

  • Leitner, A. B., A. Neuheimer, E. Donlon, C. R. Smith, J. C. Drazen. (2017) Deep Sea Research Part I. Environmental and Bathymetric Influences on Abyssal Scavenging Communities of the CCZ.

 


Nadjejda Espinel Velascoespna527

Thesis Title (PhD): Larval settlement and metamorphosis in marine invertebrates in response to ocean acidification
Supervisors:Miles Lamare, Linn Hoffmann (Botany), Federico Baltar, Sam Dupont (University of Gothenburg) and Antonio Agüera (University of Brussels)
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).


Maddy Glover

Thesis Title (MSc): Historical extent of Macrocystis pyrifera forests in the South-eastern South Island
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn and Matt Desmond
Email: glovma519@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Geography, Ecology and Marine Science, University of Otago

 

 

 


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

 

 

 


Michael Heldsingerhelmi773

Thesis Title (MSc): Effect of marine protected areas on abundance and distribution of seven gill sharks.
Supervisor: Will Rayment
Email: helmi773@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s):Marine Science at the University of Western Australia

 

 

 


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)

 

 

 


Sam KarelitzSam Karelitz

Thesis Title (PhD): Transgenerational plasticity and acclimation of echinoderms in response to climate change stressors.
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Professor Maria Byrne (University of Sydney), Professor Neil Gemmell (Department of Anatomy)
Email: karsa692@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Environmental Science (Plymouth State University), MSc Marine Science (University of Otago)

Publications:

  • Karelitz, S. E., Uthicke, S., Foo, S. A., Barker, M. F., Byrne, M., Pecorino, D. and Lamare, M. D. (2017), Ocean acidification has little effect on developmental thermal windows of echinoderms from Antarctica to the tropics. Global Change Biology, 23: 657–672. doi:10.1111/gcb.13452
  • Foo SA, Sparks KM, Uthicke S, Karelitz S, Barker M, Byrne M, Lamare M. Contributions of genetic and environmental variance in early development of the Antarctic sea urchin Sterechinus neumayeri in response to increased ocean temperature and acidification. Marine Biology. 2016 Jun 1;163(6):1-1.


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 (PhD): Fish demographics, reproduction and links to critical habitat
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Jeff Shima (Victoria University)
Email: kolst069@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s):BSc in Biology (University of Hamburg), MSc in Marine Science (Otago University)

 

 

 


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: mcple961@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BAppSc Aquaculture and Fisheries, and Zoology (University of Otago)

 

 

 


Leonardo Maia Durantemaile330

Thesis Title (MSc): Identifying Food-web structure, Resource Use and Movements of Fishes under the Quota Management System.
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Will Rayment & Daniel Pritchard (Ngai Tahu)
Email: maile330@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor degree in Oceanography - University of Sao Paulo

Publications:

  • Durante, L. M., Lotufo, T. M., Cruz, I. S. (In review) The effect of climate change on the distribution of a tropical zoanthid (Palythoa caribaeorum) and its ecological implications. Journal of Marine Systems.

 


Morgan Meyersmeymo325

Thesis Title (PhD): Feeding behavior and distribution patterns of New Zealand copepods through the lens of climate change
Supervisors: Linn Hoffmann (Botany) and Steve Wing
Email: meymo315@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): MSc Marine Biology (San Francisco State University), BS Biology (Iowa State University), BA Spanish (Iowa State University)

 

 

 


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

 

 

 


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)

 

 

 


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)

 

 

 


Celia Richardson

Thesis Title (BAppSc Hons): The effects of microplastic ingestion on sea urchin larvae
Supervisor: Miles Lamare, David Burritt
Email: ricce290@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc Zoology with minor in Marine Science, BA Linguistics

 

 

 


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).

 

 

 


Nichola Salmond

Thesis Title (MSc): Land-water interactions in Blueskin Estuary along an environmental continuum
Supervisor:Steve Wing, Marc Schallenberg (Zoology)
Email: salni932@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Ecology and Marine Science (Otago)

 

 

 


Clara Schlieman

Thesis Title (MSc):Effects of land use on trophic structure of coastal invertebrates: a comparison of Fiordland with Marlborough Sounds
Supervisors: Steve Wing
Email: schcl@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BS (Marine Biology) University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

 

 


Daniel SmartDaniel

Thesis Title (MSc):Local Adaptation and Energy Budgets of the Blue Mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in Southern New Zealand
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Mark Lokman (Zoology)
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, Sally Carson (NZMSC), Matthew Desmond (Marine Science), Daniel Pritchard (Ngāi Tahu)
Email: smial920@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BAppSci (Aquaculture and Fisheries, minor Ecology), University of Otago

 

 

 


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


Blair Thomsonthobl500

Thesis Title (PhD):Microbial extracellular enzymes and the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in the marine environment
Supervisor: Federico Baltar, Wayne Patrick (Biochemistry)
Email: thobl500@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BA Philosophy, BSc (Hons) Ecology (University of Otago)

Publications:

  • Thomson, B., Hepburn, C. D., Lamare, M., and Baltar, F. (2017). Temperature and UV light affect the activity of marine cell-free enzymes. Biogeosciences 14, 3971–3977. doi: 10.5194/bg-14-3971-2017

 

 


Isla Twigg

Thesis Title (BAppSc Hons): Hydrogen Peroxide production by Coastal Primary Producers and effects on Bacterial Productivity
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn, Federico Baltar
Email: twiis993@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BAppSc in Aquaculture & Fisheries, Genetics minor


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

 

 

 


Miao Zhang

Thesis Title (MSc): The relative importance of benthic and pelagic primary production for Austrovenus stutchburyi in a tidal inlet in the South Island, New Zealand
Supervisor: Candida Savage, Peter Russell
Email: zhami769@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): PGDip of Science (University of Otago), Bachelor of Science (Ocean University of China)

 

 

 


Rebecca Zitounzitre956

Thesis Title (PhD): Quantification of copper speciation parameters in differing marine environments
Supervisors: Russell Frew (Chemistry) and Abby Smith
Email: zitre956@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (Earth Science ), University of Frankfurt, Germany. Master of Science ( Marine Environmental Science), University of Oldenburg, Germany. PGDipSci in Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand