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Associate Professor Miles Lamare

Kaiawhina - Māori Student Support Liaison

Contact DetailsMilesLamare

Office: 310 Castle Street, room 150
Tel: 64 3 479 7463
Cell: 021 279 7463

Academic Qualifications

BSc Hons, PhD(Otago)

Research Interests

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.


  • EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • MARI 201 Physical Marine Environment
  • MARI 202 Marine Invertebrates
  • MARI 301 Marine Ecology
  • MARI 419 Field Marine Science
  • MARI 431 Biological Adaptations of Antarctic Marine Organisms

Research Projects

  • Effects of climate change (Ozone depletion, sea ice retreat, Ocean Acidification) on marine invertebrate larvae. This project is supported by Antarctica New Zealand.
  • Photobiology of marine invertebrate larvae
  • DNA repair in sea urchin larvae
  • Electronic tagging of starfish to examine ecology and movement
  • Effects of freshwater discharge on Doubtful Sound invertebrates
  • Examining the effectiveness traditional marine conservation methods (Taiāpuri and Māitaitai)

Postgraduate Students

Jennifer Chin - Thesis Title (MSc): The responses of sea urchin (Pseudechinus sp.) hybrid offspring to ocean warming and ocean acidification

Nadjejda Espinel Velasco - Thesis Title (PhD): Response of marine invertebrates to reduced seawater pH and warming at larval settlement and metamorphosis

Kendall Gadomski - Thesis Title (PhD):Larval ecology and recruitment processes of the toheroa Paphies ventricosa (Bivalvia: Mesodesmatidae) in Southland, New Zealand

Anna Kluibenschedl - Thesis Title (PhD): New Zealand Coralline Algae: effects of pH and temperature

Paulo F. Lagos - Thesis Title (PhD): Investigating the response of the krill Nyctiphanes australis (Euphausiacea) to stress caused by environmental change: a dynamic energy budget approach

Kate Sparks - Thesis Title (PhD): The adaptive capacity of marine invertebrate larvae to ocean acidification: Comparison of genetic and metabolic responses across latitudinal gradients

Saki Takagaki - Thesis Title (MSc): The distribution and abundance of surface macro-zooplankton off the Otago Coast, New Zealand

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Uthicke, S., Liddy, M., Patel, F., Logan, M., Johansson, C., & Lamare, M. (2018). Effects of larvae density and food concentration on Crown-of-Thorns seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris) development in an automated flow-through system. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 642. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-19132-w

Blanchoud, S., Zondag, L., Lamare, M. D., & Wilson, M. J. (2017). Hematological analysis of the Ascidian Botrylloides leachii (Savigny, 1816) during whole-body regeneration. Biological Bulletin, 232(3), 143-157. doi: 10.1086/692841

Sparks, K. M., Foo, S. A., Uthicke, S., Byrne, M., & Lamare, M. (2017). Paternal identity influences response of Acanthaster planci embryos to ocean acidification and warming. Coral Reefs, 36(1), 325-338. doi: 10.1007/s00338-016-1505-1

Thomson, B., Hepburn, C. D., Lamare, M., & Baltar, F. (2017). Temperature and UV light affect the activity of marine cell-free enzymes. Biogeosciences, 14(17), 3971-3977. doi: 10.5194/bg-14-3971-2017

Lister, K. N., Lamare, M. D., & Burritt, D. J. (2017). Maternal antioxidant provisioning mitigates pollutant-induced oxidative damage in embryos of the temperate sea urchin Evechinus chloroticus. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1954. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-02077-5

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