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Zoology PhD Students

ALTOBELLI, Joseph

Email
altjo375@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Breeding behaviour and reproductive success of leiopelmatid frogs.
Supervisors
Phil Bishop, 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)

BANERJEE, Sulagna

Email
bansu487@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Genetics)
Topic
Role of neuroinflammation in epilepsy.
Supervisors
Caroline Beck

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

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

CHUKWUKA, Christian

Email
christian.chukwuka@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Implications of climate change for basking behaviour, retreat site use and physiological stress responses of the Otago/Southland gecko.
Supervisors
Alison Cree, Jo Monks

COLE, Theresa (Tess)

Email
colth567@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Ancient and modern genetics of crested penguins.
Supervisors
Jon Waters, Janet Wilmshurst

CURTIN, Emma

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

DETONI, Mateus

Email
fajma963@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Social wasp behavioural ecology and genomics.
Supervisors
Jenny Jandt

DIVERS, Sean

Email
divse220@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
New Zealand eel aquaculture, establishing broodstock conditioning and maturation protocols.
Supervisors
Mark Lokman, Henry Kaspar

DOHERTY, Jean-Francois (Jeff)

Email
mohmi699@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Behavioural aspects of cave weta parasitised by hairworms during infection.
Supervisors
Robert Poulin

DURANTE, Leonardo

Email
maile330@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine Science)
Topic
Identifying food-web structure, resource use and movements of fishes under the Quota Management System.
Supervisors
Steve Wing (Marine Science), Travis Ingram

EDA, Adria Rae Abigail

Email
adria.eda@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Metagenomic analysis of cutaneous microbiome in New Zealand frogs associated with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)
Supervisors
Phil Bishop, Jo-Ann Stanton (Anatomy)

FILION, Antoine

Email
filan059@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Malaria outbreak in mosquitoes and birds: a case of population synchrony?
Supervisors
Robert Poulin, Steph Godfrey

FOSTER, Brodie

Email
fosbr368@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Evolutionary genetics of wing loss and mimicry in stoneflies.
Supervisors
Jon Waters

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, Sheri Johnson

GOIKOETXEA PEREZ DE MENDIOLA, Alex

Email
alexander.goikoetxea@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Anatomy)
Topic
Investigating the molecular basis of sex reversal in sequentially hermaphroditic fish.
Supervisors
Neil Gemmell (Anatomy), Simon Muncaster (Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology), Mark Lokman

GOODMAN, Jane

Email
jgoodman@doc.govt.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Conservation of migratory galaxiids.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Travis Ingram

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
Combating another mass extinction: A global macroecological approach to investigate the distribution of penguins.
Supervisors
Phil Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik

HOLMES, Robin

Email
holro364@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Rehabilitating fishery values in intensified agricultural streams.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, John Hayes (Cawthron), Gerry Closs

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

HUNTER, James

Email
james.hunter@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Spatially explicit modelling of Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) reintroduction.
Supervisors
Phil Seddon, Ralf Ohlemuller (Geography)

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)

KARUNARAJ, Prashath

Email
prashath.karunaraj@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Genetics)
Topic
The origins, evolution and diversity of extracellular fine-tuning mechanisms for regulating TGFb signalling in metazoans.
Supervisors
Caroline Beck, Peter Dearden (Biochemistry)

KHAN, Samiullah (Sami)

Email
sami.khan@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Investigation of pelagic food web resilience and potential of biomanipulation techniques to help restore ecological integrity in Lake Hayes and Lake Johnson (Central Otago, NZ).
Supervisors
Marc Schallenberg, Kevin Collier (Waikato)

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

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

MACAULAY, Sam

Email
macsa354@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Ecological effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on New Zealand's running freshwater ecosystems.
Supervisors
Christoph Matthaei, Jeremy Piggott, Kimberly Hageman

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

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 (Chemistry)

MILOTIC, Marin

Email
marin.milotic@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Woylie parasite co-extinction and conservation
Supervisors
Steph Godfrey, Alan Lymbery, Andy Thompson

MOHAMMADI DARESTANI, Mitra

Email
mohmi699@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The process of landlocking in kōaro.
Supervisors
Travis Ingram, Gerry Closs, Mark Lokman

MURAUSKAITE, Dovile

Email
murdo713@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Genetic diversity of multi-drug resistant Teladorsagia circumcincta
Supervisors
Robert Poulin

PARK, Eunji

Email
pareu642@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Microsporidians in New Zealand: Hidden diversity, ecological role, and phylogeny
Supervisors
Robert Poulin

PARVIZI, Elaheh

Email
parel659@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Modern and ancient DNA analysis of NZ intertidal mollusks: testing for genetic disruption of marine phylogeographic patterns associated with earthquakes
Supervisors
Jon Waters, Nic Rawlence

RAGSDALE, Alexandria (Alex)

Email
ragal599@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Do older male zebrafish more faithfully transmit stress induced epigenetic states?
Supervisors
Sheri Johnson, Tim Hore (Anatomy), Hamish Spencer

RAMACHANDRA, Sisitha

Email
ramsi613@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The effect of different hormones and the changes in the molecular bases of fresh water eels during silvering.
Supervisors
Mark Lokman

RICHARSON, Marine

Email
ricma268@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Effects of species interactions on individual specialisation
Supervisors
Travis Ingram, Robert Poulin

RUEHLE, Brandon

Email
ruebr859@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Effects of visual obstruction by Tylodelphys sp. on reproductive efforts of Gobiomorphus cotidianus
Supervisors
Robert Poulin

SAMUS, Andreas

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

SCHALLENBERG, Lena

Email
lena.schallenberg@postgrad.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Characterising picocyanobacterial diversity, abundance and function in New Zealand lakes: how picoplankton shape our freshwater environments.
Supervisors
Carolyn Burns, Susie Wood

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

STUART, Rose

Email
holro960@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
The use of Southland coastal wetlands by native fish for growth and recruitment.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Travis Ingram

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)

VADAKKEDATH PRASAD, Sabarinath

Email
vadsa149@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Dentistry)
Topic
Wearable devices for smart monitoring of jaw movements.
Supervisors
Mauro Farella (Dentistry), Mike Paulin, Richard Cannon (Dentistry)

VERRY, Alex

Email
veral540@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Using ancient DNA to examine the impact of glaciation on New Zealand's fauna.
Supervisors
Nic Rawlence, Jon Waters, Graham Wallis

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
Alison Cree

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

WANSBROUGH, Jesse

Email
wanje130@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Zoology)
Topic
Assessing facultative iteroparity in Galaxias maculatus.
Supervisors
Gerry Closs, Mark Lokman

WICKMAN, Lindsay

Email
wicli336@student.otago.ac.nz
Course
PhD (Marine Science)
Topic
Population modelling of Hector's dolphins.
Supervisors
Steve Dawson (Marine Science), Peter Dillingham (Maths and Stats), Liz Slooten

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
Phil Bishop

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