My areas of specialty are marine community ecology and molecular ecology with a focus on temperate soft sediment and rocky reef ecosystems. I’m interested in understanding how communities of sea creatures respond to and recover from disturbances, particularly man-made disturbances. For the last few years my research has been focused on trying to determine the ecological effects of the MV Rena grounding on Astrolabe Reef. Recently, I have begun working on toheroa, a large endemic surf clam occurring on only a handful of west coast surf beaches. For this Marsden funded research project, I am combining ecology, archaeology and population genetics with Matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge) to gain a better understanding of factors impeding the recovery of toheroa, early human influences on their distribution and the extent to which early Maori manipulated their marine environment.
Graduate Student Research
A list of graduate students that I have supervised or co-supervised is available here. Follow the links to check out their research.