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Zoology PhD Students

ALDEN, Bryony

Email
aldbr243@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Microplastic pollution in Australasian freshwater ecosystems: is it a problem and what impact does it have on aquatic life?
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Steph Godfre

ALTOBELLI, Joseph

Email
altjo375@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Breeding behaviour and reproductive success of leiopelmatid frogs.
Supervisors
Steph Godfrey, Kath Dickinson (Botany)

ARA, Motia Gulshan

Email
aramo685@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Morphological and genetic variation in New Zealand smelts.
Supervisors
Travis Ingram, Graham Wallis

BABIO, Lucila

Email
bablu673@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Vitellogenesis in the short-finned eel, Anguilla australis: physiology of vitellogenin uptake and its receptor(s).
Supervisors
Mark Lokman, Erin Damsteegt, Sally McCormick (Biochemistry)

BATUCAN, Nina

Email
batni629@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Effects of pharmaceutical contaminants on New Zealand lotic freshwater ecosystems.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Grant Northcott, Louis Tremblay (Cawthron)

BEER, Anusha

Email
veran325@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Phylogeography and community assembly of freshwater lake communities in the Chatham Islands, New Zealand.
Supervisors
Travis Ingram, Crid Fraser (Marine Science)

BENNETT, Jerusha

Email
benje870@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Otago coastal marine ecosystem from a parasite perspective: diversity, ecology and evolution of species interactions.
Supervisors
Robert Poulin, Fatima Jorge, Bronwen Presswell

BERTOIA, Aaron

Email
beraa464@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Improving monitoring tools for native alpine invertebrates to better understand how introduced mammalian predators influence their populations..
Supervisors
Jo Monks, Bruce Robertson

BHATTARAI, Upendra

Email
bhaup057@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Genetics)
Topic
Investigating the molecular basis of parasitic mind control.
Supervisors
Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Eddy Dowle (Anatomy), Robert Poulin

CUNNINGHAME, Francesca

Email
cunhe141@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Can the future of the Critically Endangered mangrove finch be secured in the wild? Monitoring the effectiveness of ten years of intensive field manage.
Supervisors
Yolanda van Heezik, Phil Seddon

CURTIN, Emma

Email
curem387@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The ecology of introduced dung beetles in the South Island.
Supervisors
Jenny Jandt, Barbara Barratt (Landcare)

DAVIS, Noah

Email
davno443@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Temporal dynamics of deposited fine sediment and implications for stream macroinvertebrates.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Kate Mathers (Loughborough University)

DE ANGELI DUTRA, Daniela

Email
deada056@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
How do migratory birds connect haemosporidian parasite lineages in Brazil?
Supervisor
Robert Poulin

EASTON, Ryan

Email
ryan.easton@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Effects of fish passage barriers and remediation methods on river fragmentation and freshwater fish distribution and migration.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Gert-jan Jeunen (Anatomy), Eddy Dowle (Anatomy), Tony Moore (Surveying)

FOSTER, Nicholas

Email
nicholas.foster@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Spatial ecology, resource associations and niche partitioning of invasive browsing and omnivorous mammals in the uplands of the Mackenzie Basin.
Supervisors
Yolanda van Heezik, Phil Seddon

FOSTER, Yasmin

Email
yasmin.foster@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Using DNA methylation to age the kākāpō and other endangered New Zealand birds.
Supervisors
Bruce Robertson, Ludovic Dutoit, Sheri Johnson, Stefanie Grosser

HAMLIN, Taylor

Email
hamta777@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Statistics)
Topic
Population ecology of Adélie penguins in the Ross Sea.
Supervisors
Matt Schofield (Maths and Stats), Phil Seddon, Dean Anderson (Landcare)

HEYZER, Audrey

Email
heyau484@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Engaging people in biodiversity management: exploring the convergence of culture and nature.
Supervisors
Yolanda van Heezik, Claire Freeman (Geography)

HICKCOX, Rachel

Email
rachel.hickcox@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Environmental, climatic, and biological interactions influencing the marine distribution of yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes).
Supervisors
Phil Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik

HUNN, Julia

Email
hunju034@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Multiple-stressor effects of three key climate change drivers on stream fish and invertebrate communities.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Jeremy Piggott

JARVIS, Matthew

Email
matthew.jarvis@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Potential impacts of global change on amphidromous fishes.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Steve Wing (Marine Science)

KHAN, Md Saiful (Saif)

Email
saif.khan@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Monitoring of threatened bird colonies and their habitat in braided river ecosystems of New Zealand using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Supervisors
Phil Seddon

LEWIS, Blake

Email
lewbl381@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Distribution, composition, regulation, and function of Cortical Alveoli in the developing oocyte of the Shortfin Eel (Anguilla australis)
Supervisors
Mark Lokman, Michael Pankhurst (Anatomy), Karen Reader (DSM-Pathology)

LUBBE, Pascale

Email
pascale.lubbe@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Genetics)
Topic
The influence of climate change on New Zealand biodiversity
Supervisors
Michael Knapp (Anatomy), Nic Dussex, Nic Rawlence

MARTINI, Denise

Email
marde569@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Anatomy)
Topic
Evolution and conservation of the endangered New Zealand kākā.
Supervisors
Michael Knapp (Anatomy), Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Bruce Robertson

McCARTHY, Gretchen

Email
gretchen.mccarthy@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine Science)
Topic
Carbon sequestration in kelp and mussel aquaculture.
Supervisors
Steve Wing (Marine Science), Miles Lamare (Marine Science), Amandine Sabadel

MICHELSEN-HEATH, Sue

Email
micsu171@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Physiological responses of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) after exposure to the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Supervisors
Alison Mercer, Mark Lokman, Kimberly Hageman (Utah State)

MOHAMMADI DARESTANI, Mitra

Email
mohmi699@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The process of landlocking in freshwater fish.
Supervisors
Travis Ingram, Gerry Closs, Jon Waters

MORA-TEDDY, Aidan

Email
morai246@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Freshwater microplastic pollution and the effects on stream communities.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Gerry Closs

MORRELL, Teresa

Email
morte446@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine Science)
Topic
The effect of plasticisers on the reproductive output of cryptobenthic fishes
Supervisors
Bridie Allan (Marine Science), David Burritt (Botany), Mark Lokman

SAMUS, Andreas

Email
saman342@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Geography)
Topic
Connection to nature in urban gardens.
Supervisors
Claire Freeman (Geography), Kath Dickinson (Botany), Yolanda van Heezik

SORYL, Asher

Email
soras342@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Bioethics)
Topic
Establishing welfare biology: Creating a new research discipline for studying the welfare of all sentient beings.
Supervisors
Mike King (Bioethics), Andrew Moore (Philosophy), Phil Seddon

THOMAS, Luna

Email
thobe008@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Exploring the mating behaviour of the endemic New Zealand stag beetle genus, Geodorcus.
Supervisors
Sheri Johnson, Jenny Jandt

TOORCHI, Mahsa

Email
tooma453@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The role of landscape in determining freshwater fish distribution and abundance.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Pascal Sirguey (Surveying), Peter Whigham (Information Science)

VIRENS, Josef

Email
jo.virens@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The effects of climate change on the thermal ecology of Otago's heliothermic lizards.
Supervisors
Steph Godfrey

WALTON, Kerry

Email
walke635@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Application and efficacy of ancient DNA methods to obtain genetic sequences from museum biological specimens.
Supervisors
Hamish Spencer, Nic Rawlence

WREN, Sally

Email
wresa659@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Improving knowledge and techniques for the conservation of New Zealand's native frogs.
Supervisors
Sheri Johnson, Jen Germano (DOC), Stephanie Godfrey

YOUNG, Melanie

Email
melanie.young@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Coping with nutritional stress: diet, dispersal and plasticity in the foraging strategies of hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes).
Supervisors
Yolanda van Heezik, Bruce Robertson, Phil Seddon

ZAMORANO, Daniel

Email
zamda279@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Including disturbance as a driver of stream periphyton in a metacommunity framework.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Travis Ingram