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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
Previous degree(s): BSc in Earth Science and Geography (Massey University), MSc in Geology (Otago)


  • 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
Previous degree: MSc in Marine Science (Otago)

Louise Bennett-Jones imageLouise Bennet-Jones

Thesis title (PhD): Paua (Haliotis iris) in the East Otago Taiapure; Assessment, enhancement, management.
Supervisors: Gaya Gnanalingam, Chris Hepburn
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
Previous degrees: BSc majoring in Ecology and Zoology, MSc in Marine Science (Otago University)

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
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)

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)
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
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
Previous degree: BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)


  • 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  
  • 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.

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)
Previous degree: BSc in Marine, Freshwater, and Environmental Biology (Ohio University)
Publications: Leah Crowe ResearchGate

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Tim Currie

Thesis title (MSc): Uncovering the importance of nursery habitats and their connectivity for flounder species in east Otago, New Zealand
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Previous Degrees: BSc Major Ecology, Minor Marine science (University of Otago)

Joseph Curtis

Thesis title (PhD): Kelp Forest Ecology
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Miles Lamare
Previous degrees: Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Master of Science in Biological Oceanography and Marine Resource Assessment (University of California, USA)

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)
Previous degrees: BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil); MSc Biological Oceanography (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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)
Previous degree: BSc(Hons) in Ecology (Otago)

Ian Dixon-AndersonIan Dixon-Anderson image

Thesis title (PhD): Adaptive potential of New Zealand sand dollar (Fellaster zelandiae) to future ocean conditions expected in New Zealand waters
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Crid Fraser
Previous degree: Bachelor of Chemistry (Grinnell College, USA), Master of Science in Marine Science (Otago)


  • Dixon-Anderson. I.S., Smith, A.M. Submitted. Variable [Mg2+] in seawater forces mineralogy change in Spirobranchus cariniferus calcification. Marine Chemistry. September 2021

Tyler Feary image 2022Tyler Feary

Thesis title (MSc): Investigating the effect of temperature change on the growth, calcification, and survival of Watersipora subatra, in addition to its suitability as a model species.
Supervisor: Abby Smith
Previous Degrees: BSc (Ecology major, Marine Science minor)

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Katie Fenton

Thesis title (MSc): Understanding potential Allee effects in juvenile tuaki (Austrovenus stutchburyi) and how this can impact conservation efforts
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Previous Degrees: BSc in Ecology, minor in Marine Science (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
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)
Previous degrees: Integrated BSc and MSc from University College London (UCL) with a year abroad at the University of British Columbia (UBC)


  • 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.

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
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
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

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
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
Previous degrees: BSc in Zoology, Minor in Marine Science (University of Otago), MSc Thesis - Marine Science (Otago)


  • 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): Post-introduction ecological impacts of the invasive kelp (Undaria pinnatifida) in southern New Zealand: implications and strategies for research, control, and management
Supervisors: Chris Hepburn, Will Rayment, Daniel Pritchard
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
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
Previous degrees: Master Degree in Marine Biology (MSc), Degree in Marine Biology (BA) (Universidad Andres Bello)

Elli Leinikki

Thesis title (PhD): Influence of shellfish on recovery and restoration of intertidal estuaries in New Zealand
Supervisors: Candida Savage, Steve Wing
Previous degrees: BSc in Aquatic Sciences (University of Helsinki), MSc in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (University of Helsinki)

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
Previous degree: Master of Science in Aquaculture (National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan) 

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
Supervisor: Miles Lamare
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)

Gretchen McCarthyGretchen McCarthy

Thesis title (PhD): Biogeochemical Interactions in Integrated Kelp and Mussel Aquaculture System
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Amandine Sabadel, Miles Lamare
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Marine Science with Honours, Boston University 2020

  • McCarthy, G.J., Ray, N.E., Fulweiler, R.W. (In Press) Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Native and Non-Native Oysters. Frontiers in Environmental Science doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00194
  • McCarthy, G.J., Ray, N.E., Fulweiler, R.W. (In Prep) Oyster-mediated nutrient regeneration does not influence phytoplankton community structure. Marine Ecology Progress Series

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)
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
Previous degrees: MSc in Physical Oceanography (CICESE), BSc in Oceanography (Autonomous University of Baja California).


  • 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)

José Moyano imageJosé Emilio Trujillo Moyano

Thesis title (PhD): 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)
Previous degrees: Bachelor in Marine Biology (Universidad Austral de Chile), Marine Biology Degree (Universidad Austral de Chile)


  • 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.
  • 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

Katie Nelson image 2022Katie Nelson

Thesis title (MSc): Heat budget analysis of Blueskin Bay
Supervisors: Steve Wing, Rob Smith
Previous degrees: BSc (Otago)

Pame Olmedo-RojasPame Olmedo-Rojas

Thesis title (PhD): Environmental drivers of evolution for Antarctic terrestrial organisms
Supervisors: Crid Fraser, Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Miles Lamare
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
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)
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Natural Sciences (Massey), Master of Natural Sciences (Massey)
Publications: Google Scholar

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Frances Perry

Thesis title (MSc): Rafting away: The thermal tolerance of southern bull kelp-associated invertebrates
Supervisor: Crid Fraser, Miles Lamare
Previous Degrees: BSc Zoology/Marine Science (Otago)

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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
Previous degree(s): BAs Biology (Lawrence University)

Veronica Rodriguez-Jurado

Thesis title (MSc): How does kelp species affect the trophic transfer of kelp organic matter within subtidal and shore food-webs?
Supervisor: Steve Wing
Previous Degrees: BSc in Biology (University of Victoria, Canada)

Finn RyderFinn Ryder

Thesis Title (PhD): Drivers of population dynamics and fishery status of paua (Haliotis iris)
Supervisors: Gaya Gnanalingam, Chris Hepburn, Will Rayment, Daniel Pritchard, Robert Smith

Alexia Saint-Macary

Thesis title (PhD): Dimethylsulfide (DMS) and dimethyl sulfoniopropionate (DMSP) dynamics in the surface ocean
Supervisors: Cliff Law, Christina McGraw (Chemistry)
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)
Previous degrees: BSc Oceanography, MSc Physical Oceanography


  • 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)

Stella Simpson image 2022Stella Simpson

Thesis title (MSc): PInvestigating the effects of oceanic conditions on sperm whales and their prey at Kaikōura
Supervisors: Will Rayment,Marta Guerra
Previous degrees: BSc in Geology and Oceanography (Otago); PGDipSci in Marine Science (Otago)

Daniel Smart imageDaniel Smart

Thesis title (PhD): The biology and ecology of early life stages of marine invertebrates living within diffusion boundary layers and the potential impacts of climate change
Supervisors: Miles Lamare, Candida Savage
Previous degrees: BSc Oceanography (University of Otago), MSc Marine Science (University of Otago), MTchgLn Secondary Education


  • Smart, D.C., Heenan, S., Lokman, P.M., & Lamare, M.D. (2021). Seasonal reproduction of the blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from two locations in southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 55(2), 311–325.
  • Heenan, S.D., Michael, K.P., Smart, D.C., Lokman, P.M., & Lamare, M.D. (2021). Reproductive changes in Foveaux Strait Ostrea chilensis, Southern New Zealand, after Bonamia exitiosa epidemics. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1–19.

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)
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

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)
Previous degrees: BA Philosophy, BSc(Hons) Ecology (University of Otago)


  • Martínez-Pérez, C., C. Greening, S.K. Bay, R.J. Lappan, Z. Zhao, D. De Corte, C. Hulbe, C. Ohneiser, C. Stevens, B. Thomson, R. Stepanauskas, J.M. González, R. Logares, G.J. Herndl, S.E. Morales, and F. Baltar. 2022. Phylogenetically and functionally diverse microorganisms reside under the Ross Ice Shelf. Nature Communications 13:117.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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
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)
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
Previous degrees: BSc Chemistry, Biochemistry (Portland State University, USA), MSc Chemical Oceanography (Oregon State University, USA)


  • 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.

Lindsay Wickman

Thesis title (PhD): Population modelling of Hector’s dolphins at Banks Peninsula, NZ
Supervisors: Will Rayment, Peter Dillingham (Statistics)
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

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

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)
Previous degree(s): PGDipSc in Marine Science, BSc in Marine Science