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Katerina AchilleosKaterina

Thesis title (PhD): Growth and calcification in articulated bryozoans as a response to environmental conditions.
Supervisors: Abby Smith, Chris Brown (Biochemistry), Dennis Gordon (NIWA, Wellington).
Email: achka774@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: 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
Supervisors: Gary Wilson, Craig Cary (University of Waikato), Christina Riesselman
Email: jacob.anderson@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree(s): BSc in Earth Science and Geography (Massey University), MSc in Geology (Otago)

Publications:

  • Anderson, J.T.H, Wilson, G.S., Jones, R.S., Fink, D. and Fujioka, T., (2020). Ice surface lowering of Skelton Glacier, Transantarctic Mountains, since the Last Glacial Maximum: Implications for retreat of grounded ice in the western Ross Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews, 237, 106305.
  • 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.

Peter Batson

Thesis title (PhD): Aspects of the biology of Hornerid bryozoans
Supervisor: Abby Smith
Email: peter.batson@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: MSc in Marine Science (Otago)


Tim Baxter

Thesis title (MSc): Topographic upwelling at the Three Kings Islands, New Zealand
Supervisors: Rob Smith, Chris Hepburn, Pete Russell
Email: baxti370@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BAppSc Aquaculture and fisheries and Accounting


Louise Bennett-Jones imageLouise Bennet-Jones

Thesis title (PhD): Paua (Haliotis iris) in the East Otago Taiapure; Assessment, enhancement, management.
Supervisor: Chris Hepburn
Email: benlo958@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, Plymouth University (UK)


Steph Bennington imageSteph Bennington

Thesis title (PhD): Transferring statistical models between populations and species
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Peter Dillingham, Elisabeth Slooten, Steve Dawson
Email: steph.bennington@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc majoring in Ecology and Zoology, MSc in Marine Science (Otago University)


William Carome

Thesis title (MSc): Investigating potential effects of tourism on Hector's dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
Supervisors: Steve Dawson, Will Rayment, Liz Slooten (Zoology)
Email: william.carome@gmail.com
Previous degree: BA Biology (Boston College)


Namrata Chand image 2021Namrata Chand

Thesis title (PhD): Ecosystem functioning and role of soft sediment macroalgal communities
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Will Rayment, Matt Desmond, Daniel Pritchard
Email: namrata.chand@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Applied Science (Otago), Master’s degree in Environmental Science (University of the South Pacific), Postgraduate diploma in Marine Science (University of the South Pacific)


Isabella ClereIsabella Clere

Thesis title (MSc): Quantifying natural levels of plastic pollution in commercially important fish in Otago
Supervisor: Bridie Allan
Email: cleis266@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc in Food Science and Marine Science (Otago)


Felix Cook imageFelix Cook

Thesis title (PhD): Marine heatwaves around New Zealand: Identification and causes
Supervisors: Robert Smith, Moninya Roughan (University of New South Wales), Nicolas Cullen (Geography)
Email: coofe848@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc in Physics and Energy Studies, BAppSc(Hons) in Energy Management (Otago)


Mason Court imageMason Court

Thesis title (MSc): Herbivory in a southern climate
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn and Bridie Allan
Email: couma878@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: Post Graduate Diploma in Science (Marine Science)


Antonia Cristi imageAntonia Cristi

Thesis title (PhD): Phytoplankton diversity and their role in the biogeochemical carbon cycle and trophic flows in the Southern Ocean
Supervisors: Clifford Law, Andres Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Matt Pinkerton
Email: Antonia.cristi@niwa.co.nz
Previous degree: BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Publications:

  • Trefault N., De la Iglesia R., Moreno-Pino M., Lopes Dos Santos A., Gérikas Ribeiro C., Parada-Pozo G., Cristi A., Marie D., Vaulot D. (2021). Annual phytoplankton dynamics in coastal waters from Fildes Bay, Western Antarctic Peninsula. Sci Rep 11,1368  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-80568-8.  
  • Moreno-Pino M., Cristi A., Gillooly J.F., Trefault N. (2020). Characterizing the microbiomes of Antarctic sponges: a functional metagenomic approach. Sci Rep 10, 645. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-57464-2

Leah Crowe imageLeah Crowe

Thesis Title (PhD): Variability and vulnerability of the critically endangered Fiordland bottlenose dolphin
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Steve Dawson, Matt Schofield (Statistics)
Email: leah.crowe@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s): BSc in Marine, Freshwater, and Environmental Biology (Ohio University)
Publications: Leah Crowe ResearchGate


Connor Davenport

Thesis title (MSc): Effects of bathymetry, wave environment and sea level on rip current dynamics in a wave resolving model
Supervisors: Ata Suanda, Abby Smith
Email: davco833@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: Bachelor of Science in Geology, Oceanography (Otago)


Nicholas Daudt imageNicholas Daudt

Thesis title (PhD): Spatiotemporal patterns and environmental drivers of seabird assemblages in Australasia, a world hotspot of seabird diversity
Supervisors: Will Rayment; Rob Smith; Matt Schofield (Statistics); Eric J Woehler (IMAS/Australia); Leandro Bugoni (FURG/Brazil)
Email: nicholas.wdaudt@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil); MSc Biological Oceanography (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil)

Publications:

  • Schattschneider, J. L.; DAUDT, N. W.; Mattos, M. P. S.; Bonetti, J.; Rangel-Buitrago, N. (2020) An open-source geospatial framework for beach litter monitoring. Environment Monitoring and Assessment 192: 648.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-020-08602-w
  • Gianuca, D.; Bugoni, L.; Jimenez, S.; DAUDT, N. W.; Miller, P.; Canani, G.; Silva-Costa, A.; Faria, F. A.; Bastida, J.; Seco-Pon, J. P.; Yates, O.; Serafini, P.; Bond, A. L. (2020) Intentional killing and extensive aggressive handling of albatrosses and petrels at sea in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Biological Conservation 252: 108817.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108817
  • Perez, M. S.; DAUDT, N. W.; Tavares, M.; Ott, P. H.; Santos, R. A.; Fontana, C. S. (2019) Diet of the Atlantic Petrel Pterodroma incerta during the non-breeding season. Marine Ornithology 47: 43-47.
    http://www.marineornithology.org/content/get.cgi?rn=1291
  • DAUDT, N. W.; Martins, S. P.; Kirinus, E. P.; Bugoni, L. (2019) Seabird assemblage at the mouth of the Amazon River and its relationship with environmental characteristics. Journal of Sea Research 155: 101826.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2019.101826

Fenella Deans

Thesis title (PhD): The influence of ocean acidification and warming on greenhouse gases and microbial community structure and processing in New Zealand’s coastal waters
Supervisors: Clifford Law, Federico Baltar (University of Vienna), Sergio Morales (Microbiology and Immunology)
Email: deafe496@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc(Hons) in Ecology (Otago)


Ian Dixon-AndersonIan Dixon-Anderson

Thesis title (MSc): Effect of Magnesium Variation in Seawater on Marine Biogenic Calcite
Supervisors: Abby Smith, Christina McGraw (Chemistry)
Email: dixia731@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: Bachelor of Chemistry (Grinnell College, USA)

Raising red tubeworms (Galeolaria hystrix), blue tubeworms (Spirobranchus cariniferus), Watersipora, sea urchins (Evechinus chlorites), and jingle oysters (Anomia trigonopsis) in artificial seawater with magnesium variation to determine calcite mineralogy of local New Zealand invertebrates, and comparing active and passive calcification strategies.


Max Harvey

Thesis title (MSc): Investigating the ecology and effects of tourism on a small population of Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) found in Porpoise Bay, New Zealand.
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Steve Dawson
Email: harma896@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: PGDip Wildlife Management, BSc major Ecology, minor Zoology (University of Otago)


Ashleigh Hawke

Thesis title (MSc): The impacts of microplastic exposure on the escape performance and metabolic performance in Triplefin fish
Supervisor: Bridie Allan
Email: hawas458@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc, Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Otago University)


A G Hayward imageAlexander Hayward

Thesis title: Next-generation observation, modelling and forecasting of microbial community composition and function in the Southern Ocean
Supervisors: Clifford Law, Matt Pinkerton (NIWA), Andres Gutierrez-Rodriguez (NIWA)
Email: hayal272@otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: Integrated BSc and MSc from University College London (UCL) with a year abroad at the University of British Columbia (UBC)

Publications:

  • Hayward, A. G., & Grigor, J. J. (2021). The bottom of the Arctic’s food web is of top importance. Changing Arctic Ocean, 48.
  • Veyssiere, G., Castellani, G., Wilkinson, J.P., Karcher, M., Hayward, A.G., Stroeve, J.C., Nicolaus, M., Kim, J-H., Yang, E-J., Valcic, L., Kauker, F., Khan, A.L. (In Press). Under-Ice Light Field in the Western Arctic Ocean during late summer, Arctic Frontiers
  • Pinkerton, M. H., & Hayward, A. (2021). Estimating variability and long-term change in sea ice primary productivity using a satellite-based light penetration index. Journal of Marine Systems, 103576.
  • Pinkerton, M. H., Boyd, P. W., Deppeler, S., Hayward, A., Höfer, J., & Moreau, S. (2021). Evidence for the impact of climate change on primary producers in the Southern Ocean. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 134.

Michael HeldsingerMichael Heldsinger image

Thesis title (MSc): Investigating the effect of marine reserves on shark distribution in southern New Zealand.
Description: Using BRUVs (baited remote underwater video systems) to estimate the relative abundance of sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) and other coastal elasmobranchs inside and outside of six marine reserves off the South Island, New Zealand, to help to further understand the wider applications of marine reserves and their broader ecological effects.
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Chris Hepburn
Email: helmi773@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: Bachelor of Marine Science (University of Western Australia)


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
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Steve Dawson and Chris Hepburn
Email: valma163@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: Bachelor in Marine Science (Universidad Andres Bello), Marine Biology Degree (Universidad Andres Bello)


Blake HornblowBlake Hornblow

Thesis title (MSc): Changing oceanographic conditions and the effect on foraging behavior of Tawaki / Fiordland crested penguins (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) using satellite
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Email: blake.hornblow@gmail.com
Previous degree: BAppSc(Hons) (University of Otago)


Tim HowarthTim Howarth

Thesis title (MSc): The relationship of Undaria pinnatifida and native New Zealand seaweed species in the ocean under the effects of climate change
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Matt Desmond
Email: howti766@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc Major Zoology, Minor Marine science

I am looking at the relationship of Undaria pinnatifida and native New Zealand seaweed species in the ocean under the effects of climate change. I hope to provide a greater understanding of Undarias threat to native species by looking at Undarias invasion strategy into new locations and examining if Undaria is more energetically and physiologically better suited at tolerating the increase of ocean temperatures, and the predicted low light periods that come with climate change.


Andrew HurleyAndrew Hurley

Thesis title (MSc): Mechanisms of shelf-slope exchange and how they impact larval fish communities around Saunders canyon, Otago
Supervisors: Rob Smith and Steve Wing
Email: andrewhurley1998@gmail.com


Erik JohnsonErik Johnson image

Thesis title (PhD): Processes controlling the region of freshwater influence within the Otago Coastal Ocean
Supervisors: Rob Smith, Ata Suanda, Steve Wing
Email: erik.johnson@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc Honours Earth System Science (McGill University)


David Johnstonjohda957

Thesis title (PhD): Sentinels of the Southern Ocean: southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) as indicators of oceanic productivity
Supervisors: Steve Dawson, Will Rayment, and Rob Smith
Email: johda957@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc in Zoology, Minor in Marine Science (University of Otago), MSc Thesis - Marine Science (Otago)

Publications:

  • Johnston, D., Rayment, W., Slooten, E. & Dawson, S.M. (2017) A time-based method for defining associations using photo-identification. Behaviour, 154: 1029-1050.

Gaby Keeler-May imageGaby Keeler-May

Thesis title (PhD): Undaria pinnatifida management and control in Southern New Zealand
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Daniel Pritchard (Ngāi Tahu), Matt Desmond, Wendy Nelson (University of Auckland)
Email: gaby.keelermay@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc(Hons) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of California, Santa Cruz)


Eleanor KellyEleanor Kelly

Thesis title (MSc): Do microbial biofilms increase the palatability of marine plastic debris for fishes?
Supervisor: Bridie Allan
Email: kelel442@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree:
BSc majoring in Microbiology, minoring in Marine Science


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 degrees: Master Degree in Marine Biology (MSc), Degree in Marine Biology (BA) (Universidad Andres Bello)


Brad LamontBrad Lamont

Thesis title (MSc): The effect of chronic and acute exposure of chemical alarm cues on Triplefin embryo physiology and post-hatch behaviour
Supervisors: Bridie Allan, Sheri Johnson
Email: lambr938@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree(s): BSc Ecology and Marine Science (Otago)  


Duong Le imageDuong Minh Le

Thesis title (PhD): Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), a case study in New Zealand: Its vulnerability and adaptation strategy
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Matt Desmond, Daniel Pritchard
Email: ledu7263@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: Master of Science in Aquaculture (National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan) 


Millie ManneringMillie Mannering

Thesis title (MSc): Do microplastics interfere with the way in which coral reef fish use chemical alarm cues to inform risk?
Supervisors: Bridie Allan, Miles Lamare, David Burritt
Email: manmi617@student.otago.ac.nz


Tom MassuéTom Massue

Thesis title (MSc): Effect of temperature rise (+2°C and +4°C) on a benthic assemblage community in New Zealand marine shallows: an in-situ approach
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Crid Fraser, Neil Gemmel (Anatomy)
Email: tom.massue.17@gmail.com
Previous Degrees: Bachelor in biology of organisms and ecosystems, speciality marine ecology and ethology (University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Otago)


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
Email: mcmre958@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: MSc in Marine Science (Otago), BSC in Zoology and Genetics
Publications:

  • McMullin RM, Wing SR, Wing LC, Shatova OA (2017) Trophic position of Antarctic ice fishes reflects food web structure along a gradient in sea ice persistence. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 564:87-98
  • McMullin RM, Wing SR, Reid MR (2017) Ice fish otoliths record dynamics of advancing and retreating sea ice in Antarctica. Limnol Oceanogr 62:2662–2673  

Hannah Mellomelha265

Thesis title (PhD): The effect ofmarine protection on New Zealand bryozoa
Supervisors: Abby Smith, Anna Wood (Ecology) and Dennis Gordon (NIWA, Wellington), Emily Tidey (Surveying)
Email: melha265@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc and MSc in Biology - Aquatic Science (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, USA)


Jessica Moffitt

Thesis title (PhD): Temperate and polar marine communities’ responses to ocean warming: An assessment using in-situ environmental manipulations
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Crid Fraser, Neil Gemmell (Anatomy)
Email: mofje204@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc in Marine Biology (Victoria), MSc (Auckland)


Mireya Orozco imageMireya M Montaño Orozco

Thesis title: Dispersion and connectivity within the Bay of Plenty using a continental shelf-resolving regional ocean model
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Joao Souza, Ata Suanda
Email: monmi264@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: MSc in Physical Oceanography (CICESE), BSc in Oceanography (Autonomous University of Baja California).

Publications:

  • Hernandez-Walls, R., Dreyfus-León, M., & Montaño-Orozco, M. M. (2018). Simulation of fluid dynamics through complicated networks of channels with cellular automata. European Journal of Physics 39(6), 065801.

Teresa MorrellTeresa Morrell

Thesis title (PhD): The effect of plasticisers on the reproductive output of cryptobenthic fishes
Supervisors: Bridie Allan, Sheri Johnson, Mark Lokman (Zoology), David Burritt (Botany)
Email: morte446@student.otago.ac.nz


José Moyano imageJosé Emilio Trujillo Moyano

Thesis title: Insights into neonate reef sharks' vulnerability to predation: a behavioural, physiological and ecological approach
Supervisors: Bridie JM Allan, Will Rayment, Jodie Rummer (ARC Centre for Excellence Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University)
Email: josemiliotrujillo@gmail.com
Previous degrees: Bachelor in Marine Biology (Universidad Austral de Chile), Marine Biology Degree (Universidad Austral de Chile)

Publications:

  • Trujillo J.E., Pardo L., Vargas-Chacoff L., & Valdivia N. (2019). Sharks in the forest: relationships between kelp physical- complexity attributes and egg deposition sites of the red-spotted catshark. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
    https:// doi.org/10.3354/meps12818
  • Carrera, M., Trujillo, J.E., & Brandt, M. (2019). First record of a by-the-wind-sailor (Velella velella Linnaeus, 1758) in the Galápagos Archipelago-Ecuador. Biodiversity Data Journal 7, e35303

Pame Olmedo-RojasPame Olmedo-Rojas

Thesis title (PhD): Environmental drivers of evolution for Antarctic terrestrial organisms
Supervisors: Crid Fraser, Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Miles Lamare
Email: olmpa595@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc in Marine Biology (Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile)

I am interested in what drives Antarctic terrestrial diversity. I will use genomic approaches in terrestrial eukaryotes, combined with spatial analysis to answer the following key questions: what are the drivers of diversity and population connectivity in Antarctic plants? and, do geothermal areas represent highly localized hotspots of diversity?


Paige Olmstead

Thesis title (MSc): Understanding the effects of microplastic exposure in triplefins
Supervisors: Bridie Allan
Email: olmpa268@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous Degree(s):
Bachelor of Science, PGDipSci (University of Otago)


Will Pearman

Thesis title (PhD): The evolutionary and biogeographic significance of the microbiome of southern bull kelp (Durvillaea antarctica)
Supervisors: Crid Fraser, Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Sergio Morales (Microbiology and Immunology)
Email: wpearman1996@gmail.com
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Natural Sciences (Massey), Master of Natural Sciences (Massey)
Publications: Google Scholar


Zoe Psarouthakis image

Zoe Psarouthakis

Thesis title (MSc): The impact of ingested microplastics with adsorbed heavy metals on the fitness and predator avoidance behaviour of Forsterygion capito (robust triplefin fish)
Supervisor: Bridie Allan
Email: psazo568@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree(s): BAs Biology (Lawrence University)


Finn RyderFinn Ryder

Thesis Title (MSc): Population dynamics of pāua in Peraki Bay, Banks Peninsula: Population structure, growth and reproduction
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Gaya Gnanalingam, Daniel Pritchard
Email: rydfi327@student.otago.ac.nz


Alexia Saint-Macary

Thesis title: Dimethylsulfide (DMS) and dimethyl sulfoniopropionate (DMSP) dynamics in the surface ocean
Supervisors: Cliff Law, Christina McGraw (Chemistry)
Email: saial716@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc in Chemistry, University of Bordeaux (France); MSc in Sea Environmental Chemistry, European University Sea Institute (IUEM) in Plouzan (France)


Rafael Santana imageRafael Santana

Thesis title (PhD): Variability in the East Auckland current and its influence on the continental shelf circulation
Supervisors: Ata Suanda, Helen Macdonald (NIWA), Joanne O'Callaghan (NIWA) and Sarah Wakes (Mathematics)
Email: rafael.santana@niwa.co.nz
Previous degrees: BSc Oceanography, MSc Physical Oceanography

Publications:

  • Santana, R., Lessa, G., Haskins, J. and Wasson, K. (2018). Continuous monitoring reveals drivers of dissolved oxygen variability in a small California estuary. Estuaries and Coasts. 41:99-113. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-017-0329-8
  • Santana, R., Teixeira, C. and Lessa, G. (2018). The impact of different forcing agents on the residual circulation in a tropical estuary (Baía de Todos os Santos, Brazil). Journal of Coastal Research 34(3). DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-17-00044.1.
  • Santana, R., Costa, F., Mignac, D., Santana, A., Vidal, V., Zhu, J. and Tanajura, C. Model sensitivity experiments on data assimilation, downscaling and tides for the representation of the Cape São Tomé Eddies. Submitted to Ocean Dynamics (under review after corrections)

Yuta Tambergtamyu883

Thesis title (PhD): Aspects of feeding and anatomy of stenolaemate bryozoans, New Zealand
Supervisors: Abby Smith, Miles Lamare and Catherine Reid (University of Canterbury)
Email: tamyu883@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: Specialist in Ecology and MSc in Biology (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Publications:

  • Shunatova, N., & Tamberg, Y. (2019). Body cavities in bryozoans: Functional and phylogenetic implications. Journal of morphology, 280(9), 1332-1358.
  • Alexeeva, N., Tamberg, Y., & Shunatova, N. (2019). The (not very) typical protonymphons of Pycnogonum litorale. Journal of morphology, 280(9), 1370-1392.
  • Alexeeva, N., Tamberg, Y., & Shunatova, N. (2018). Postembryonic development of pycnogonids: a deeper look inside. Arthropod structure & development, 47(3), 299-317.
  • Tamberg Y., Shunatova N., (2017). Tentacle structure in freshwater bryozoans. Journal of Morphology, 278(5), 718-733.
  • Alexeeva, N., Bogomolova, E., Tamberg, Y., & Shunatova, N. (2017). Oligomeric larvae of the pycnogonids revisited. Journal of morphology, 278(9), 1284-1304.
  • Tamberg Y., Shunatova N., (2016). Feeding behavior in freshwater bryozoans: function, form, and flow. Invertebrate Biology, 135(2), 138-149.


Faoliu Teakau

Thesis title (MSc): Comparing diel variability and drivers of carbon chemistry in temperate kelp forest vs tropical coral reef
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Kim Currie (NIWA)
Email: faoliu.teakau@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BSc (The University of the South Pacific)


Moss ThompsonMoss Thompson

Thesis title (MSc): Pup survival of the New Zealand sea lion on the Otago Coast
Supervisors: Will Rayment and Bruce Robertson
Email: thomo386@student.otago.ac.nz


Blair Thomsonthobl500

Thesis title (PhD): Microbial extracellular enzymes and the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in the marine environment
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Federico Baltar (University of Vienna)
Email: blair.thomson@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BA Philosophy, BSc(Hons) Ecology (University of Otago)

Publications:

  • Wenley J, Currie K, Lockwood S, Thomson B, Baltar F and Morales SE (2021) Seasonal Prokaryotic Community Linkages Between Surface and Deep Ocean Water. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:659641. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.659641
  • Thomson, B., Wenley, J., Currie, K., Hepburn, C., Herndl, G.J., Baltar, F. (2019). Resolving the paradox: Continuous cell-free alkaline phosphate activity despite high phosphate concentrations. Marine Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marchem.2019.103671
  • Baltar, F., De Corte, D., Thomson, B., Yokokawa, T. (2019). Teasing apart the different size pools of extracellular enzymatic activity in the ocean. Science of The Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.083
  • Baltar, F., Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, A., Meyer, M., Skudelny, I., Sander, S., Thomson, B., Nodder, S., Middag, R., Morales, S.E. (2018). Specific effect of trace metals on marine heterotrophic microbial activity and diversity: Key role of Iron and Zinc and hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.03190
  • 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 TwiggIsla Twigg image

Thesis title (PhD): Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) as a biogenic engineer
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Federico Baltar (University of Vienna), Daniel Pritchard
Email: twiis993@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: BAppSc(Hons) (first class) in Aquaculture and Fisheries (Otago)


Gabrielle (Elle) UelandGabrielle Ueland

Thesis title (MSc): Carbon sequestration and mussel productivity in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Email: uelel782@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Rollins College)


Arnaud ValcarcelArnaud Valcarcel

Thesis title (PhD): Ocean mixing at high Reynolds number: Efficiencies in extrema
Supervisors: Ata Suanda, Steve Wing, Craig Stevens (NIWA),  Joanne O’Callaghan (NIWA)
Email: valar651@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc Fundamental Physics, MSc Astrophysics (University of Toulouse, France)


Jesse Vance

Thesis title (PhD): Examining the drivers of CO2 exchange and ocean acidification in coastal qaters around New Zealand
Supervisors: Cliff Law, Kim Currie (NIWA), John Zeldis (NIWA), Ata Suanda
Email: vanje221@student.otago.ac.nz
Previous degrees: BSc Chemistry, Biochemistry (Portland State University, USA), MSc Chemical Oceanography (Oregon State University, USA)

Publications:

  • Vance J. M., Currie K. I., Law C. S., Murdoch J., Zeldis J. (2019) NZOA-ON: the New Zealand Ocean Acidification Observing Network. Marine and Freshwater Research 71, 281-299. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF19222

Lindsay Wickman

Thesis title (PhD): Population modelling of Hector’s dolphins at Banks Peninsula, NZ
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Peter Dillingham (Statistics)
Email: lindsay.wickman@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree: MSc Marine Science (Otago)


Ben WilliamsBen Williams

Thesis title (MSc): Restoration of kelp forests (Macrocystis pyrifera) along the Otago coastline
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn and Matt Desmond
Email: bmwilliams.nz@gmail.com


Hannah Williams

Thesis title (MSc): Abundance and distribution of Hector's dolphins in Otago and effectiveness of current protection measures
Supervisors: Will Rayment and Steve Dawson
Email: wilha412@student.otago.ac.nz


Uru-Manuka Ming-Cheung Williamswilmi845

Thesis title (MSc):The effects of sedimentation on the physiology of NZ living Brachiopods
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Daphne Lee (Geology), Jeffrey Robinson (Geology)
Email: ming.williams@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Previous degree(s): PGDipSc in Marine Science, BSc in Marine Science