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Dr Mat Pawley

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

School of Natural and Computational 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 0 4
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:

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 1
Co-supervisor 2 6

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Yukio Fukuzawa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Computational Methods for Dialectal Analysis of Bird Songs

Co-supervisor of:

  • Odette Howarth - Doctor of Philosophy
    "Applications of baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs) for monitoring fish assemblages in the Hauraki Gulf”
  • Rebecca Boys - Doctor of Philosophy
    Conservation-welfare nexus during whale mass strandings

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Nurudeen Adedayo Adegoke - Doctor of Philosophy
    Contributions to improve the power, efficiency and scope of control-chart methods

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Wesley Webb - Doctor of Philosophy
    New horizons for female birdsong: evolution, culture and analysis tools
  • 2019 - Cheryl Cross - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spatial ecology of delphinids in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand: Implications for conservation management
  • 2018 - David Acuna Marrero - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spatial ecology and human perceptions toward sharks in the Galapagos marine reserve
  • 2018 - Catherine Peters - Doctor of Philosophy
    Context-specific signal plasticity of two bottlenose dolphin ecotypes (Tursiops truncatus) in Far North Waters, New Zealand
  • 2016 - Krista Hupman - Doctor of Philosophy
    Photo-identification and its application to gregarious delphinids: Common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
  • 2015 - Sarah Dwyer - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spatial Ecology and Conservation of Cetaceans using the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand

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