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Dr Mat Pawley

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Research Expertise

Research Interests



Data Mining / Analytics

Marine ecology

Circardian Biology

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Statistics (010401):
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (080100):
Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000):
Biostatistics (010402):
Community Ecology (060202): Ecology (060200):
Information And Computing Sciences (080000):
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205):
Mathematical Sciences (010000):
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining (080109):
Statistics (010400)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Kimihia te me ngaro - Seek the things being lost: Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in assessments of toheroa abundance

Date Range: 2016 - 2017

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Adegoke, NA., Riaz, M., Sanusi, RA., Smith, ANH., & Pawley, MDM. (2017). EWMA-type scheme for monitoring location parameter using auxiliary information. Computers and Industrial Engineering. 114, 114-129
[Journal article]Authored by: Pawley, M., Smith, A.
Hill, SD., Aryal, A., Pawley, MDM., & Ji, W. (2017). So much for the city: urban-rural song variation in a widespread Asiatic songbird.. Integr Zool.
[Journal article]Authored by: Ji, W., Pawley, M.
Acuña-Marrero, D., Smith, ANH., Hammerschlag, N., Hearn, A., Anderson, MJ., Calich, H., . . . Salinas-De-León, P. (2017). Residency and movement patterns of an apex predatory shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) at the Galapagos Marine Reserve. PLoS ONE. 12(8)
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Pawley, M., Smith, A.
Hupman, KE., Pawley, MDM., Lea, C., Grimes, C., Voswinkel, S., Roe, WD., . . . Stockin, KA. (2017). Viability of photo-identification as a tool to examine the prevalence of lesions on free-ranging common dolphins (Delphinus sp.). Aquatic Mammals. 43(3), 264-278
[Journal article]Authored by: Pawley, M., Roe, W., Stockin, K.
Smith, ANH., Anderson, MJ., & Pawley, MDM. (2017). Could ecologists be more random? Straightforward alternatives to haphazard spatial sampling. Ecography. 40(11), 1251-1255
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Pawley, M., Smith, A.
Meissner, AM., Christiansen, F., Martinez, E., Pawley, MDM., Orams, MB., & Stockin, KA. (2015). Behavioural effects of tourism on oceanic common dolphins, Delphinus sp., in New Zealand: The effects of markov analysis variations and current tour operator compliance with regulations. PLoS ONE. 10(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pawley, M., Stockin, K.
Cheeseman, JF., Millar, CD., Greggers, U., Lehmann, K., Pawley, MDM., Gallistel, CR., . . . Menzel, R. (2014). Reply to Cheung et al.: The cognitive map hypothesis remains the best interpretation of the data in honeybee navigation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111(42)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pawley, M.
Cheeseman, JF., Millar, CD., Greggers, U., Lehmann, K., Pawley, MDM., Gallistel, CR., . . . Menzel, R. (2014). Way-finding in displaced clock-shifted bees proves bees use a cognitive map. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111(24), 8949-8954
[Journal article]Authored by: Pawley, M.
Cheeseman, JF., Merry, AF., Pawley, MDM., De Souza, RL., & Warman, GR. (2007). The effect of time of day on the duration of neuromuscular blockade elicited by rocuronium. Anaesthesia. 62(11), 1114-1120
[Journal article]Authored by: Pawley, M.


Smith, ANH. (2016). Bayesian modelling of direct and indirect effects of marine reserves on fishes. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Smith, A.Edited by: Pawley, M.


Pawley, MDM., & Smith, ANH.(2014). The distribution and abundance of pipis and cockles in the Northland, Auckland and Bay of Plenty regions 2013. : New Zealand Government
[Technical Report]Authored by: Pawley, M., Smith, A.


Hupman, K., Pawley, M., Leist, A., Stockin, K., Dong, T., & Gilman, A. (2017, July). Advancing photo-identification of cetaceans: Exploring the application of computer vision for individual recognition. Presented at New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gilman, A., Pawley, M., Stockin, K.Contributed to by: Gilman, A.
Rankmore, K., Pawley, ., Dong, T., Gilman, A., & Stockin, K. (2013). First quantification of pigmentation variability for common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand: A novel approach to aid in photo-identification studies. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gilman, A., Pawley, M., Stockin, K.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 4 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

CoSupervisor of:

  • Yukio Fukuzawa - PhD
    Computational Methods for Dialectal Analysis of Bird Songs
  • David Acuna Marrero - PhD
    Spatial ecology and human perceptions toward sharks in the Galapagos marine reserve
  • Catherine Peters - PhD
    Distribution, ecology and conservation of bottlenose dolphin in Far North waters, New Zealand
  • Cheryl Cross - PhD
    Temporal and spatial ecology of delphinids in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand: Implications for managment

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Krista Elizabeth Hupman - PhD
    Photo-identification and its application to gregarious delphinids: Common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
  • 2016 - Adam Nicholas Howard Smith - PhD
    Bayesian Modelling of Direct and Indirect Effects of Marine Reserves on Fishes
  • 2015 - Sarah Louise Dwyer - PhD
    Spatial Ecology and Conservation of Cetaceans using the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

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