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Caroline-Shorter---Research-FellowBSc, MSc (Hons), PhDSenior Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington 6242
New Zealand

Tel +64 4 385 5541 ext 6714


Research interests

My research area involves investigating sites and exposure of occupants to fungi and allergens in indoor built environments, looking specifically at how allergens accumulate and are removed from textiles in homes. My research projects have included applications of biocides to textiles to kill house dust mites, house dust mite allergen and fungal spore accumulation and disturbance from different flooring constructions, types and levels of fungi in wool and synthetic bedding and the effect of carpet construction and wear on the removal of allergen by vacuuming.

My current research role is with the Wellington Asthma Research Group, working on the HRC funded HOME study, which examines what housing factors may be associated with new onset wheezing in children.

I am also conducting PhD research on fungal levels in the home and the relationship to children's respiratory health. This is particularly topical because of the worldwide increase in allergic diseases such as asthma over the last few decades. Identification of indoor allergens, their sites of accumulation and an individual's exposure levels are all critical to understanding how they can be reduced in the indoor environment.


Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., Keall, M., Pierse, N., Baker, M. G., Cunningham, C., … Aspinall, C., Bennett, J., Bierre, S., … Chisholm, E., Davies, C., Fougere, G., Fraser, B., Fyfe, C., Grant, L., … Halley, C., Logan-Riley, A., … Olin, C., Ombler, J., O'Sullivan, K., Pehi, T., Penny, G., … Randal, E., … Robson, B., Ruru, J., Shaw, C., … Teariki, M. A., Telfar Barnard, L., Tiatia, R., Toy-Cronin, B., … Viggers, H., … Zhang, W. (2024). He Kāinga Oranga: Reflections on 25 years of measuring the improved health, wellbeing and sustainability of healthier housing. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 54(3), 290-315. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2023.2170427 Journal - Research Other

Bennett, J., Macnab, K., & Halley, C. (2023). World Ventil8 Day: How do our buildings measure up? The Briefing, (8 November). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Halley, C., Honeywill, C., Kang, J., Pierse, N., Robertson, O., Rawlinson, W., … Willink, R., & Crane, J. (2023). Preventing upper respiratory tract infections with prophylactic nasal carrageenan: A feasibility study. Future Microbiology, 18(18), 1319-1328. doi: 10.2217/fmb-2021-0122 Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Telfar Barnard, L., Bennett, J., Kvalsvig, A., Halley, C., Kerr, J., & Jarman, J. (2023). Poor ventilation in public transport settings in Aotearoa NZ: New data for buses and trains. The Briefing, (10 July). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Bennett, J., Shorter, C., Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., Wilson, N., Crane, J., Douwes, J., Cunningham, C., … Summers, J., … Baker, M. G., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Indoor air quality, largely neglected and in urgent need of a refresh. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1559), 136-139. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

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