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At Massey University our quantitative, multidisciplinary marine ecology team has expertise spanning biogeography, quantitative genetics, molecular ecology, population ecology, and conservation biology. Our research spans intertidal, estuarine, coastal, and oceanic marine systems.
We have an active team of staff and postgraduate students working on all aspects of cetacean biology, ecology, and conservation within and beyond New Zealand waters. Our research has a strong focus on the conservation and management of marine populations, specifically the anthropogenic impacts of tourism, fisheries interactions, and pollution.
Our research investigates the evolutionary and ecological processes that determine the structure of populations and communities. We use a range of quantitative genetic and population genetic/genomic techniques in combination with field experiments to address questions on population connectivity, local adaptation, and the distribution of genetic diversity in natural populations.
This field of research spans the biodiversity hierarchy from genes to ecosystems. We investigate how evolutionary processes, traits, environmental variation, and interactions among species influence community assembly and drive biogeographic patterns. Our research involves data-mining existing archives, surveys by scuba diving, and cutting-edge underwater video methods.
Our research directly informs the management and conservation of marine resources, with projects including estimating the effects of marine reserves on rocky reef fishes, monitoring populations of shellfish, assessment of anthropogenic impacts on marine mammal populations and surveying sharks in the Galapagos Islands
Our team of staff and postgraduate students undertake marine ecological research within and beyond New Zealand waters, concentrating largely on conservation and management orientated questions.
Research foci include the anthropogenic impacts on marine systems, the biology and population ecology of marine organisms and marine ecosystem dynamics. Our specific strengths include marine mammal biology and ecology and quantitative marine ecology. Since 1998 our research efforts have broadened from marine mammals to include other marine taxa such as birds, reptiles, and fish.
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Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Lecturer in Marine Ecology - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Senior Lecturer - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Lecturer - Statistics - Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences