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Dr Matt Desmond

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

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Publications

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

Glover, M., Hepburn, C., Desmond, M., Tidey, E., & Jackson, A.-M. (2020). The lost kelp forest: A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding change of Macrocystis pyrifera habitat in Otago, New Zealand. Coastal News, 73, 5-7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Glover, M., Hepburn, C., Desmond, M., Tidey, E., & Jackson, A.-M. (2020). The lost kelp forest: A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding change of Macrocystis pyrifera habitat in Otago, New Zealand. Coastal News, 73, 5-7.

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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/

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

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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.

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.

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.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Desmond, M. J. (2017). Kelp-forest response to light limitation (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7203

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