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Contact details

Office 310 Castle Street, room 105
Mob +64 27 331 3844
Email matthew.desmond@otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Otago University
PhD Otago University

Research Interests

  • Macroalgal ecology and physiology
  • Temperate reef ecology
  • Fisheries habitat interactions
  • Seafloor mapping

Courses

MARI 112 Global Marine Systems
AQFI 251 Principles of Aquaculture

Postgraduate Students

  • Aless Smith
  • Tim Howarth
  • Maddy Glover
  • Duong Le

Publications

Cornwall, C. E., Nelson, W. A., Aguirre, J. D., Blain, C. O., Coyle, L., D'Archino, R., Desmond, M. J., Hepburn, C. D., … Thomsen, M. S. (2023). Predicting the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s seaweed-based ecosystems. New Zealand Journal of Botany. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2023.2245786
Journal - Research Article
Le, D. M., Desmond, M. J., Pritchard, D. W., & Hepburn, C. D. (2022). Effect of temperature on sporulation and spore development of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). PLoS ONE, 17(12), e0278268. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278268
Journal - Research Article
Le, D. M., Desmond, M. J., Buschmann, A. H., Pritchard, D. W., Camus, C., Hurd, C. L., & Hepburn, C. D. (2022). Reproduction, hatchery and culture applications for the giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera): A methodological appraisal. Applied Phycology, 3(1), 368-382. doi: 10.1080/26388081.2022.2086823
Journal - Research Other
Nguyen, H. T. T., Pritchard, D. W., Desmond, M. J., & Hepburn, C. D. (2022). Coralline photosynthetic physiology across a steep light gradient. Photosynthesis Research, 153, 43-57. doi: 10.1007/s11120-022-00899-7
Journal - Research Article
Le, D., Desmond, M., Pritchard, D., & Hepburn, C. D. (2021). Effect of temperature and different storing methods on sporulation and spore development of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). Phycologia, 60(Suppl. 1), (pp. 15-16). doi: 10.1080/00318884.2021.1922050
Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract
Cornwall, C. E., Nelson, W. A., Aguirre, J. D., Blain, C. O., Coyle, L., D'Archino, R., Desmond, M. J., Hepburn, C. D., … Thomsen, M. S. (2023). Predicting the impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s seaweed-based ecosystems. New Zealand Journal of Botany. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2023.2245786
Journal - Research Article
Le, D. M., Desmond, M. J., Pritchard, D. W., & Hepburn, C. D. (2022). Effect of temperature on sporulation and spore development of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). PLoS ONE, 17(12), e0278268. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278268
Journal - Research Article
Nguyen, H. T. T., Pritchard, D. W., Desmond, M. J., & Hepburn, C. D. (2022). Coralline photosynthetic physiology across a steep light gradient. Photosynthesis Research, 153, 43-57. doi: 10.1007/s11120-022-00899-7
Journal - Research Article
Twist, B. A., Kluibenschedl, A., Pritchard, D., Desmond, M. J., D'Archino, R., Nelson, W. A., & Hepburn, C. D. (2020). Biomass and species richness relationships in macroalgal communities that span intertidal and subtidal zones. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 654, 67-78. doi: 10.3354/meps13496
Journal - Research Article
Desmond, M. J., Pajusalu, L., Pritchard, D. W., Stephens, T. A., & Hepburn, C. D. (2019). Whole community estimates of macroalgal pigment concentration within two southern New Zealand kelp forests. Journal of Phycology, 55, 936-947. doi: 10.1111/jpy.12884
Journal - Research Article
Desmond, M. J., Pritchard, D. W., Hurd, C. L., Richards, D. K., Schweikert, K., Wing, S., & Hepburn, C. D. (2019). Superior photosynthetic performance of the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida may contribute to continued range expansion in a wave-exposed kelp forest community. Marine Biology, 166(11), 139. doi: 10.1007/s00227-019-3593-2
Journal - Research Article
Stephens, T. A., Desmond, M. J., & Hepburn, C. D. (2019). Biomass across space and tide: Architecture of a kelp bed with implications for the abiotic environment. Hydrobiologia, 827, 391-404. doi: 10.1007/s10750-018-3788-4
Journal - Research Article
Desmond, M. J., Suárez–Jiménez, R., Nelson, W. A., & Hepburn, C. D. (2018). Epifaunal community structure within southern New Zealand kelp forests. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 596, 71-81. doi: 10.3354/meps12587
Journal - Research Article
Desmond, M. J., Pritchard, D. W., & Hepburn, C. D. (2017). Light dose versus rate of delivery: Implications for macroalgal productivity. Photosynthesis Research, 132(3), 257-264. doi: 10.1007/s11120-017-0381-z
Journal - Research Article
Desmond, M. J., Pritchard, D. W., & Hepburn, C. D. (2015). Light limitation within southern New Zealand kelp forest communities. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0123676. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123676
Journal - Research Article
Desmond, M. J., McLeod, R. J., & Hepburn, C. D. (2013). Analysis of trace metal concentration in a degraded lagoon in East Otago, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 47(4), 469-480. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2013.782878
Journal - Research Article
Le, D., Desmond, M., Pritchard, D., & Hepburn, C. D. (2021). Effect of temperature and different storing methods on sporulation and spore development of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). Phycologia, 60(Suppl. 1), (pp. 15-16). doi: 10.1080/00318884.2021.1922050
Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract
Glover, M., Hepburn, C., Desmond, M., Tidey, E., & Jackson, A.-M. (2019). Habitat mapping of Macrocystis pyrifera (M. pyrifera) along nearshore coastal Southern Otago, New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Coastal Society (NZCS) Annual Conference. (pp. 70). Retrieved from https://www.coastalsociety.org.nz/
Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract
Desmond, M. (2011). The effects of sewage outfall on the marine environment. Proceedings of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Conference: Understanding, Managing, and Conserving our Marine Environment. (pp. 38). Retrieved from http://nzmss.org/assets/Conference/NZMSS2011AbstractsPosterPresentations.pdf
Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract
Desmond, M. (2019, July). Habitat mapping to inform customary fisheries management. Verbal presentation at the NZ Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Joint Meeting with the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
Smith, A., Carson, S., Desmond, M., Pritchard, D., & Hepburn, C. (2019, March). Robust, reliable citizen science? Assessing data quality in an intertidal monitoring project in Southern New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the CitSci2019 Conference: Growing Our Family Tree, Raleigh, NC.
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
Desmond, M. J., Hepburn, C. D., Scott, N. J., & Tidey, E. J. (2018, May). Reclaiming the knowledge of fisheries habitat distribution within a customary management framework. Verbal presentation at the 17th Annual Marine Geological & Biological Habitat Mapping (GeoHab) Conference, Santa Barbara, USA.
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
Tidey, E. J., & Desmond, M. J. (2018, May). Towards habitat mapping multibeam data collection protocols: A case study from coastal Otago, New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 17th Annual Marine Geological & Biological Habitat Mapping (GeoHab) Conference, Santa Barbara, USA.
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
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