I am a marine ecologist working at the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga. My areas of specialty are environmental history, marine community ecology and molecular ecology with a focus on soft sediment (estuaries and beaches) and rocky reef ecosystems. I’m interested in understanding human-environment interactions over time and how communities of sea creatures respond to and recover from disturbances, particularly man-made disturbances.
I completed a BSc and then MSc at the University of Auckland and Leigh Marine Laboratory where I examined the utilisation of seafloor habitats by juvenile fish and the effects of trawling on seafloor habitats. After a period of working overseas as an oceanography technician and fish biologist, I returned to New Zealand to undertake a PhD at the University of Waikato using genetic methods to investigate larval dispersal of coastal invertebrates.
Since 2012 I have worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Waikato in Tauranga studying the Rena shipwreck and the mysterious toheroa. When not working I enjoy surfing, kayaking, mountain biking and spearfishing.