Antarctica key contacts

Our work in Antarctica involves staff from across NIWA's science groups. 

If you can't find who you are looking for check out key contacts in each of our National Science Centres. 

View a list of our National Science Centres 


If you have any queries regarding media releases, media appearances and other media related events, contact:

Susan Pepperell

Senior Media Advisor 
Phone +64-4-386-0473
Mobile +64-27-839-0730

General information 

For general information about NIWA's work in Antarctica contact Rob Murdoch. 

General Manager - Research
Rob has a specialist interest in oceanography and marine ecology, and has been a practising scientist on projects associated with the Southern Ocean, aquaculture, oil and gas exploration and marine conservation. He has overseen the planning and direction of NIWA’s science and the operation of the research vessels since 1999, and helps manage NIWA’s relationships with key stakeholders and collaborators.

Full Staff List

Position Email Phone (external)
Rod Budd Principal Technician - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes +64-7-856-1718
Dr Drew Lohrer Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-7-859-1803
Dr Graham Rickard Marine Physics Modeller +64-4-386-0311
Karl Safi Algal Ecologist +64-7-856-1716
Dan Smale Principal Technician - Atmosphere +64-3-440-0424