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Zoology PhD Students

AUGSPURGER, Jason

Email
augja533@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Pelagic disperal of amphidromous fish species.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Travis Ingram

BISHOP, Thomas

Email
bisth292@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Genetics)
Topic
The role of NF-kB and reactive oxygen species in regeneration.
Supervisors
Caroline Beck

BROUGH, Tom

Email
broto334@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine)
Topic
Next step for management: spatial and population ecology of Hector’s dolphins at Banks Peninsula.
Supervisor
Stephen Dawson (Marine), Will Rayment (Marine), Liz Slooten

CAMPBELL, Jordan

Email
camjo143@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Computer Science)
Topic
Multi-robot tracking of moving targets in dynamic environments.
Supervisors
Mike Paulin, Steven Mills (Computer Science)

CHUKWUKA, Christian

Email
chuch956@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Implications of climate change for micro-habitat use by Otago/Southland geckos.
Supervisors
Alison Cree

CISTERNAS TIRAPEGUI, Javiera

Email
cisja962@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Conservation translocation management of Leiopelma archeyi (Amphibia: Anura) in Pukeokahu Forest, Waikato region, New Zealand. 
Supervisor
Phillip Bishop, Nancy Longnecker (Science Communication), Jennifer Germano (Department of Conservation), Priscilla Wehi (Landcare Research)

COLE, Theresa (Tess)

Email
colth567@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Ancient and modern genetics of crested penguins.
Supervisor
Jon Waters, Janet Wilmshurst

CRAWSHAW, Josie

Email
crajo964@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Sinks of agriculturally derived nitrogen in coastal lagoons.
Supervisors
Marc Schallenberg, Candida Savage (Marine Science)

DANN, Tanya

Email
danta246@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Investigating the life history and distribution of two New Zealand damsefly species.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Christoph Matthaei

DIVERS, Sean

Email
divse220@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
New Zealand eel aquaculture, establishing broodstock conditioning and maturation protocols.
Supervisor
Mark Lokman

DORSEY, Lance

Email
doral136@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The life history and impact of the non-native Brook Char (Salvelinus fontinalis) in headwater streams of Otago, New Zealand (or failed species introduction leaves potential for species invasion).
Supervisor
Gerry Closs

DOS SANTOS, Marcileida (Leida)

Email
marma950@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Using Environmental Education to prevent further amphibian declines.
Supervisor
Phillip Bishop, Jennifer Rock (Science Communication)

DURANTE, Leonardo

Email
maile330@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine Science)
Topic
Identifying food-web structure, resource use and movements of fishes under the Quota Management System.
Supervisor
Travis Ingram, Steve Wing (Marine Science) 

EASTON, Luke

Email
easlu938@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Taxonomy and genetic management of Leiopelma.
Supervisors
Phillip Bishop, Bruce Robertson, Kath Dickinson (Botany), Peter Whigham (Information Science)

FOSTER, Brodie

Email
fosbr368@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Evolutionary genetics of wing loss and mimicry in stoneflies.     
Supervisor
Jon Waters

FRIESEN, Olwyn

Email
friol307@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Parasite-mediated interspecific interactions in a community of crustaceans.   
Supervisor
Robert Poulin, Clement Lagrue

GABRIELSSON, Rasmus

Email
gabra817@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Salmonid migration and recruitment patterns: wildlife monitoring using trace-element and isotope markers.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Phil Seddon

GOODMAN, Jane

Email
jgoodman@doc.govt.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Conservation of migratory galaxiids.
Supervisor
Gerry Closs, Travis Ingram

GUERRA, Marta

Email
guema736@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine)
Topic

Supervisors
Liz Slooten, Steve Dawson (Marine Science), Will Rayment (Marine Science)

HOLDEN, Yasmin

Email
holya095@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Integrating genomic and epigenetic approaches in käkäpö conservation management.
Supervisors
Sheri Johnson, Bruce Robertson

HOLMES, Robin

Email
holro364@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Rehabilitating fishery values in intensified agricultural streams.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Gerry Closs, John Jayes (Cawthron)

HOLLOWAY, Rose

Email
holro960@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The use of Southland coastal wetlands by native fish for growth and recruitment.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Travis Ingram

HOWARD, Sunkita

Email
sunkita.howard@otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Incorporating shark physiology, shark behaviour and fishing industry requirements into development of a shark bycatch mitigation tool for use in commercial long line fisheries.
Supervisor
Jenny Rock (Science Communication), Viktoria Kahui (Economics), Chris Hepburn (Marine Science)

IWASAKI, Jay

Email
jay.iwasaki@otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Ecology)
Topic
Competition and ecology of native and introduced bees in New Zealand.
Supervisors
Kath Dickinson (Botany), Alison Mercer, Barbara Barratt, Janice Lord (Botany)

JARVIE, Scott

Email
jarsc568@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Reintroduction biology of tuatara.
Supervisors
Alison Cree, Philip Seddon

JEUNEN, Gert-Jan

Email
gert-jan.jeunen@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Use of environmental DNA (eDNA) as a monitoring tool in the marine environment.
Supervisors
Hamish Spencer, Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Miles Lamare, Michael Knapp

KARDAMAKI, Afroditi

Email
karaf226@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Phylogenetic affinities and evolutionary history of the prehistoric New Zealand waterfowls (Anatidae, Anseriformes).

Supervisors
Jon Waters

KIM, Sally

Email
kimse415@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisor
Alison Mercer

KRAWIEC, Josef

Email
krajo741@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The effects of climate change on the thermal ecology of Otago's heliothermic lizards.
Supervisors
Alison Cree

LANE, Henry

Email
lanhe334@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The genetic characteristics and phylogeography of Bonamia exitiosa from around New Zealand.
Supervisors
Robert Poulin, Brian Jones (MPI)

LARA VASQUEZ, Carlos

Email
larca116@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Immunity, quality, and fitness in a bird with a variable mating system.
Supervisor
Shinichi Nakagawa, Sheri Johnson, Bruce Robertson

LEWIS, Debbie

Email
armde691@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Resource selection of pateke/brown teal in Northland and Great Barrier Island.
Supervisor
Philip Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik

MACAULAY, Sam

Email
macsa354@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei

MURAUSKAITE, Dovile

Email
murdo713@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisors
Robert Poulin

MARTINI, Denise

Email
marde569@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Anatomy)
Topic

Supervisors
Bruce Robertson, Michael Knapp (Anatomy), Neil Gemmell (Anatomy)

MICHELSEN-HEATH, Sue

Email
micsu171@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisor
Alison Mercer, Mark Lokman, Kimberly Hageman (Chemistry)

MIKHEEV, Pavel

Email
mikpa433@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Is fish migration initiated by energy restrictions?
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Christoph Matthaei

NGUYEN, Anh Tuan (Tuan)

Email
nguan025@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
 
Supervisor
Mark Lokman

PEEBLES, Bryce

Email
peebr797@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine)
Topic
Chiton skeletal genesis: mechanics and effects of acidification.
Supervisor
Hamish Spencer, Abigail Smith (Marine Science)

PETERSEN, Gertje

Email
petge269@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Genetics)
Topic

Supervisor
Hamish Spencer, Peter Dearden (Biochemistry)

PULLAR, Kiri

Email
pulki839@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Computational modelling of elasmobranch electroreception: sensory biophysics and neural processing.
Supervisor
Mike Paulin

RAGSDALE, Alexandria (Alex)

Email
ragal599@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisors
Sheri Johnson, Hamish Spencer, Tim Hore (Anatomy)

RAMACHANDRA, Sisitha

Email
ramsi613@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
  
Supervisor
Mark Lokman

RANAY AKHAVAN, Sobhan

Email
ranso826@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Role of lipoprotein lipase during oocyte lipidation in farmed great sturgeon (Huso huso L). 
Supervisor
Mark Lokman, Sally McCormick (Biochemistry), Bahram Falahatkar

REXER-HUBER, Kalinka

Email
rexka997@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
White-chinned petrels: Conservation biology of the most-caught seabird.  I used large-scale tracking and population genetic approaches, and estimate population sizes, to inform species management in the face of fisheries bycatch. 
Supervisors
Bruce Robertson, Jon Waters

RICHARSON, Marine

Email
ricma268@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisors
Travis Ingram, Robert Poulin

SCHLESSELMANN, Ann Kathrin

Email
a.schlesselmann@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The conservation management of Black-fronted Terns (Chlidonias albostriatus).
Supervisors
Bruce Robertson, Philip Seddon

STADTMANN, Sven

Email
sven.stadtmann@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Identification of translocation sites for South Island Takahé.
Supervisors
Philip Seddon, Andrew Digby

STUMBO, Anthony

Email
stuan077@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Impact of optic parasites on fish behaviour.
Supervisor
Robert Poulin

TOORCHI, Mahsa

Email
tooma453@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
 
Supervisor
Gerry Closs

VADAKKEDATH PRASAD, Sabarinath

Email
vadsa149@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Dentistry)
Topic

Supervisors
Mike Paulin, Mauro Farella (Dentistry)

WOLEBU, Fasil

Email
wolfa164@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic

Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Marc Schallenberg

WREN, Sally

Email
wresa659@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Improving knowledge and techniques for the conservation of New Zealand's native frogs.
Supervisor
Phil Bishop

WYLIE, Matt

Email
wylma731@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Gonadotropin secretion and gonad development in hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios).
Supervisor
Mark Lokman

XIONG, Haoyu

Email
xioha134@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Biochemistry)
Topic
 
Supervisor
David Wharton, Craig Marshall

YOUNG, Melanie (Mel)

Email
youme027@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Diet, dispersal and foraging strategies of hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin.
Supervisors
Yolanda van Heezik, Philip Seddon, Bruce Robertson