Kaiawhina - Māori Student Support Liaison
BSc Hons, PhD(Otago)
I have research interests in marine ecology, population biology, marine invertebrate biology, and the ecology and physiology of marine invertebrate larval stages. I have an interest in Antarctic marine invertebrates, and how their physiology differs to temperate and tropical species. I am also interested in the ecology of fiord invertebrate populations. Recent research has been conducted in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, New Zealand, Samoa and the Cook Islands.
- MARI 112 Marine Biology: The Living Ocean
- MARI 202 Ecology and Biology of Marine Invertebrates
- MARI 301 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems
- MARI 401 Advanced Methods in Marine Science
- MARI 431 Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science
- Effects of climate change (Ozone depletion, sea ice retreat, ocean warming and acidification) on marine invertebrate larvae. This project is funded by Antarctic Science Platform
- Adaptive potential in echinoderms This project is funded by the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute
- Photobiology of marine invertebrate larvae
- DNA repair in sea urchin larvae
- eDNA as a tool for monitoring marine biodiversity and invasive species. This project is in collaboration with Professor Neil Gemmell Lab (Anatomy)
- Boundary layers, biofilms and newly settled marine invertebrates
- The molecular control of regeneration in ascidians. This project is in collaboration with Associate Professor Megan Wilson (Anatomy) and funded by the Marsden Fund
- Echinoderm ecology
- Paulo F Lagos, PhD: Investigating the response of the krill Nyctiphanes australis (Euphausiacea) to stress caused by environmental change: a dynamic energy budget approach.
- Uru-Manuka Williams, MSc: The effects of sedimentation on the physiology of NZ living Brachiopods.
- Tom Massué, MSc: Effect of temperature rise (+2°C and +4°C) on a benthic assemblage community in New Zealand marine shallows: an in-situ approach.
- Scott Roche-Dick, MSc: Transgenerational adaptation to ocean warming and marine heat waves in the Antarctic Sea Star, Odontaster validus.
- Frances Perry, MSc: Will New Zealand kelp associated invertebrates survive in a warmer Antarctica.
- Georgia Taylor, MSc: Arm generation in the brittle star under changing temperatures.
- Roberta Noon, MSc: Physiological acclimation of the Antarctica sea star to climate change.
- Jessica Moffitt, PhD: Temperate and polar marine communities’ responses to ocean warming: An assessment using in situ environmental manipulations.
- Pamelo Olmedo Rojas, PhD: Environmental drivers of evolution for Antarctic terrestrial organisms.
- Rebecca Clarke, PhD: A whole new body in only 8 days.
- Scott Lockwood, PhD: Modelling the marine methane paradox under phytoplankton bloom conditions.