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MOTS research is supported by

Portobello Marine Laboratory (PML) Staff

  • Dr Doug Mackie – Lab manager
  • Linda Groenewegen – Technician
  • Reuben Pooley – Technician
  • Adam Brook – Technician

Skippers / crew of the RV Polaris II

  • Bill Dickson – Skipper, Polaris II
  • Evan Kenton – Technician, Polaris II

Funding for MOTS research

University of Otago Research Grants (UORG):

  • Problem child: the effect of El Niño on carbon cycling and bacterioplankton diversity (2017)
  • Into the virosphere: examining spatio-temporal variation in marine viral populations across the Subtropical Frontal Zone (2017)
  • Active versus inactive bacterioplankton diversity along the Subtropical Front (2016)
  • The missing dimension: microgel-bacteria interactions and their role in marine carbon cycling (2015)
  • The effect of oceanic frontal systems on bacterial carbon cycling (2014).
  • Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (Royal Society of NZ). “What makes ‘normal’ normal? Alternative microbial carbon and energy acquisition mechanisms in the neglected high-nutrient low-chlorophyll (HNLC) areas of the ocean” (2017–2022).
  • Division of Science Strategic Fund (University of Otago). Revealing the microbes living under the Ross Ice Shelf (2017).

Student funding

University of Otago Scholarship

  • PhD: Blair Thomson, Fenella Deans, Scott Lockwood, Jess Wenley
  • Master’s: Jess Wenley

Fulbright Scholarship

  • Scott Lockwood (Honours)