Malcolm Clark
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Malcolm Clark


Dr Malcolm Clark is a Principal Scientist (Fisheries) at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Wellington, New Zealand. Malcolm began his research career in the 1980s as a fisheries biologist, and worked extensively on stock assessment of deepwater fish (in particular orange roughy) for many years before broadening his research interests to more general deep-sea ecosystems. From the late 1990s he worked on the biodiversity and ecology of New Zealand seamounts, and headed the Census of Marine Life field project on Seamounts, a major 6 year international research programme. His studies have involved a lot of time at sea; with over 70 surveys, including submersible dives, and international work in the Antarctic and southwest Pacific. He has also worked internationally with the FAO to develop guidelines on deep-sea fishing in the high seas, the International Seabed Authority environmental guidelines for deep-sea minerals exploration, and recently the CBD process of identifying Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas. He has published widely, with over 80 peer-reviewed papers, and 100 technical reports and articles. Currently he leads NIWA research projects describing the biodiversity of deep-sea habitats, assessing ecological risk to these habitats and communities from fishing and mining activities, and ways to improve the management of environmental impacts.

Conservation Biology Ecology Environmental Sciences Marine Biology

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