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I am interested in comparative physiology of cardiovascular systems and have studied marine and freshwater fish to try to understand evolution and development of hearts to meet a range of environmental and metabolic demands. The life styles of open-ocean fish such as tunas, sharks and marlin place unique demands on their hearts associated with their large size, migrations and in some species, warm bodies. Working with these magnificent fishes has inevitably led me to think about the welfare of fish in commercial and recreational fisheries.
A third generation New Zealand Cantabrian, I graduated BSc (Hons) in animal physiology from Canterbury University in 1975 and undertook my PhD in Zoology at the same institution. After two years at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver as a postdoctoral fellow I took a position in veterinary anatomy at the veterinary school at Massey University where I stayed for 24 years. I accepted the Chair of Veterinary Anatomy in the School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in 2005. After three and a half years they let me out with time off for good behaviour.
Aquaculture and diseases of fishes
Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Aquaculture (070401):
Biological Sciences (060000): Comparative Physiology (060604):
Fish Physiology and Genetics (070405): Fisheries Sciences (070400):
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