Hang Thi Thuy Nguyen

PhD (Otago). The ecophysiology of coralline algae in Southern New Zealand. Hang’s research looks at the ecology of coralline algae within the East Otago Taiāpure. Hang’s work includes research on the nutrient physiology of coralline algae, and looks at using different irradiance levels to evaluate the ability of coralline algae to carry out photosynthesis. This research also looks at the effect that different temperatures have on photosynthesis in coralline algae.




Eugene Leahy

MSc (Otago). Expansion and Harvestability of Undaria pinnatifida throughout North Otago CPAs.  Eugene’s research looks at the expansion of the invasive seaweed species Undaria in the East Otago Taiāpure. This work looks at the expansion of both geographic range, and depth, as well as the effects of expansion upon native species in Otago. Eugene’s research also looks at the feasibility of harvesting Undaria in customary protection areas. This research has the aim of identifying if range expansion has occurred, evaluating indications of any negative effects on the native seaweed community, and assessing opportunities for Undaria harvest in the East Otago Taiāpure.


Simone Jarrett

MSc (Otago). Causes of coralline algae bleaching within the East Otago Taiāpure. Simone’s research is investigating the causes of coralline algae bleaching. It investigates whether high light dosage and/or temperature induces bleaching of some of the species found in the East Otago Taiāpure, with a focus on the species Arthrocardia corymbosa. Simone’s research also surveys the extent of bleaching seen in Butterfly Bay in the East Otago East Otago Taiāpure.



Anna Kluibenschedl

PhD (Otago). Future Ocean and New Zealand Coralline Algae: Biological and Ecological Responses Under Elevated pCO2. Anna’s work is focused on crustose coralline algae (CCA) and the impacts of the expected changes in our oceans. Her work is centered around the CCA occurring within the East Otago Taiāpure. Combining information from ongoing  pH-monitoring efforts in the Taiāpure and laboratory experiments, she tries to understand how CCA are going to be affected by increased carbon dioxide levels in the ocean. Studying the effects of increased carbon dioxide on these algae might help us to better understand implications for other organisms.



Nicole Foote

MSc (Otago) 2017. Eutrophication Environmental and biological characteristics of East Otago estuaries along a gradient of marine connectivity.

Matt Desmond

BSc Honours, 2011 (Otago). Impacts of sewage outfalls on local fishery health in the East Otago Taiāpure.
PhD, 2017 (Otago). Kelp forest response to light limitation.

Emma Kearney

MSc, 2016 (Otago). Environmental and biological factors associated with the recruitment and abundance of the scallop (Pecten novaezelandiae) in Te Whaka ā Te Wera (Paterson Inlet) Rakiura (Stewart Island).

Georgia Bell

MSc, 2016 (Otago).  Dynamics of fecal indicators in estuarine environments after a rainfall event.

Tiffany Stephens

PhD, 2015 (Otago).  Nitrogen use by the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera.

Brenton Twist

MSc, 2015 (Otago). The ecology of the scallop (Pecten novaezealandiae) in Te Whaka ā Te Wera (Paterson Inlet) Rakiura (Stewart Island).

Cohen Stewart

MSc, 2015 (Otago). Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) trials in Big Glory Bay, Rakiura (Stewart Island).

Tasman Gillies

MSc, 2014 (Otago). Pāua reseeding at East Otago taiāpure. A comparison of traditional vs. aquaculture approaches.

Peri Subritzky

MSc, 2013 (Otago). Identifying critical nursery habitat for pāua juveniles in locations around New Zealand.

Tom McCowan

PhD, 2013 (Otago). Genetic tools to improve reseeding success of wild pāua fisheries.

Gaya Gnanalingam

MSc, 2013 (Otago). Reproductive output of pāua (Haliotis iris).

Rory Kyle

MSc, 2013 (Otago). Roles of predatory starfish (Astrostole scabra) in structuring marine communities exposed to different degrees of water motion.

Gayle Somerville

MSc, 2013 (Otago). Exploring harvest regulations of New Zealand abalone (Haliotis iris) via population modelling.

Sorrel O’Connel-Milne

BAppSci Honours, 2013 (Otago). Sustainability of a traditional harvest method for Karengo.

Caitlin Chew

BAppSci Honours, 2011 (Otago). The effects of sedimentation on the growth and survival of juvenile Haliotis iris and their living habitat (crustose coralline algae).

Ani Kainamu

MSc, 2010 (Otago). The fishery trend of the Littleneck Clam, Austrovenus stutchburyi, the filtering capacity, and phytoplankton flux within an East Otago Inlet.

Derek Richards

MSc, 2009 (Otago). Subtidal rocky reef communities of the East Otago Taiāpure.

Robert Win

MSc, 2009 (Otago). Kelp forests: Crucial habitat for fish and invertebrates on the East Otago Coast.


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