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Science Leader, Coastal & Freshwater Group, Cawthron Institute, New Zealand.
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Honorary Research Associate, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
My research at the Cawthron Institute is highly applied and consist of developing multi-trophic metabarcoding tools for environmental monitoring of marine industries (e.g. aquaculture farms, deep-sea mining, and marine biosecurity in ports and marinas).
At the University of Auckland, I combine 'real-world' and 'blue-sky' research applications, including; i) investigating the functional underpinnings of symbiotic dinoflagellate communities in tropical soritid foraminifera, corals and giant clams, ii) characterizing the functional role of microbiomes in aquaculture settings (e.g. oysters, salmon), iii) unravelling the eDNA secrets of 10% (380) of New Zealand lakes (www.lakes380.com), iv) studying preferential settlement of marine invasive species associated with plastic polymers (microplastics), and v) exploring the diversity and dynamics of open-ocean plankton communities in the South-West Pacific.
Aquaculture, Fisheries & Fish Science Biodiversity Biological Oceanography Climate Change Biology Ecology Environmental Sciences Evolutionary Studies Freshwater Biology Genetics Genomics Marine Biology Molecular Biology Natural Resource Management Science Policy Zoology