Coasts and Oceans key contacts

Contacts are for our coasts and oceans work.

Chief Scientist -Coasts and Oceans
Barb has a research background in marine biosecurity and the environmental sustainability of aquaculture. Today she leads NIWA’s coasts and oceans research, which focuses on ecosystem-based approaches to managing activities in New Zealand’s marine estate, so that economic and social benefits are realised while vulnerable components of the ecosystem are protected.
Principal Scientist - Marine Geology
Geoffroy obtained a PhD in geology and geophysics from the university of Grenoble in 1987. He has since focussed his research on the geological processes that affect the ocean floor around New Zealand and in the South West Pacific region, with the aim to improve the understanding of natural geological hazards; identify, quantify and characterise sub-seafloor geological resources; assess the impact of seafloor resource extraction on the marine environment and develop predictive geophysical methods to map submarine substrate and habitats. He has led many oceanographic voyages and international research projects with France, the UK, Australia and the USA. 
Principal Scientist - Fisheries
Malcolm began his research career in the 1980s as a fisheries biologist. He worked extensively on stock assessment of deepwater fish (in particular orange roughy), before broadening his research interests to more general deep-sea ecosystems. He studied seamounts for many years, and headed the Census of Marine Life 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. 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.  
Principal Scientist - Marine Biology
Wendy Nelson specialises in marine phycology, particularly the biosystematics of macroalgae of New Zealand, with research on floristics, evolution and phylogeny, as well as ecology, and life history studies. Recently she has worked on the systematics and biology of red algae including corallines, distribution and diversity of seaweeds in harbours and soft sediment habitats, and seaweeds of the Ross Sea and Balleny Islands. Wendy leads NIWA's biosystematic research team.
Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology
Judi is a soft-sediment benthic ecologist, with a statistical background and a PhD from Abo Akademi in Finland. She has worked mainly on issues of scale, study design and merging ecological theory with empirical observations. Her interests include: Coastal and estuarine marine ecology; Biological and ecological mapping; Spatial and temporal variation in populations and communities; Ecological impact assessment, particularly of diffuse source and/or broad-scale effects; Design and implementation of ecological monitoring programmes; and Functional, community and habitat biodiversity.
Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology
Graeme leads NIWA's Marine Biosecurity research programme, which is a partnership involving NIWA, the Cawthron Institute, and the Ministry for Primary Industries. He is a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group, a Technical Advisor to the GEF/UNDP/IMO Global Ballast Water Management Programme and sits on advisory panels for implementation of New Zealand's Biosecurity Science Strategy and MAF Biosecurity NZ's Biosecurity Surveillance Committee. Graeme's research is primarily on the design and implementation of marine pest surveillance, including early detection, baseline and delimiting surveys for unwanted marine organisms. 

Full Staff List

Position Email Phone (external)
Dr Michael Allis Coastal Engineer +64-7-856-1714
Dr Tara Anderson Marine Ecologist +64-4-386-0820
Dr Philip Barnes Principal Scientist - Marine Geology +64-4-386-0372
Dr Erik Behrens Ocean Modeller +64-4-386-0890
Dr Jaret Bilewitch Molecular Technician +64-4-386-0502
Jochen Bind Hydrodynamics and GIS Technician +64-3-343-8021
Dr Helen Bostock Marine Geologist +64-4-386-0371
Dr David Bowden Marine Ecologist +64-4-386-0914
Dr Janet Bradford-Grieve Emeritus Researcher – Marine Biology +64-4-386-0362
David Bremner Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Technician +64-7-859-1856
Mike Brewer Moorings Technician +64-4-386-0373
Dr Niall Broekhuizen Principal Scientist - Ecosystem Modelling +64-7-856-1798
Julie Brown Mass Spectrometry Technician +64-4-386-0576
Rod Budd Principal Technician - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes +64-7-856-1718
Dr Sarah Bury Manager - Environmental Stable Isotope Facility & Marine Biogeochemist Scientist +64-4-386-0347
Kelly Carter Marine Ecology Technician +64-7-856-1722
Megan Carter Marine Ecology Technician +64-3-545-7748
Katie Cartner Marine Ecology Technician +64-7-859-1810
Dr Hoe Chang Emeritus - Marine Biologist +64-4-386-0360
Dr Steve Chiswell Physical Oceanographer +64-4-386-0351
Dr Malcolm Clark Principal Scientist - Fisheries +64-4-386-0523
Dr Serena Cox Marine Biologist +64-4-386-0364
Dr Vonda Cummings Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-4-386-0602
Dr Roberta D'Archino Marine Biologist +64-4-382-1627
Niki Davey Marine Ecologist +64-3-545-7736
Fiona Elliott Marine Physics Technician +64-4-386-0470
Mark Fenwick Marine Ecology Technician +64-4-386-0804
Dr Denise Fernandez Physical Oceanographer +64-4-386-0348
Jeff Forman Fisheries Technician +64-4-386-0802
Dr Malcolm Francis Principal Scientist - Fisheries +64-4-386-0377
Peter Gerring Marine Geology Technician +64-4-386-0503
Dr Giacomo Giorli Marine Mammal Acoustician +64-4-386-0538
Dr Dennis Gordon Emeritus Researcher – Marine Biodiversity +64-4-386-0388
Dr Richard Gorman Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Scientist +64-7-856-1736
Dr Brittany Graham Marine Ecologist +64-4-386-0516
Brett Grant Marine Physics Technician +64-4-386-0329
Barry Greenfield Marine Ecology Technician +64-7-859-1875
Lynda Griggs Fisheries Scientist +64-4-386-0485
Dr Mark Hadfield Marine Physics Modeller +64-4-386-0363
Sarah Hailes Marine Ecology Technician +64-7-859-1862
Jane Halliday Marine Ecology Technician +64-4-382-1620
Dr Sean Handley Marine Biologist +64-3-545-7735
Dr Barb Hayden Chief Scientist -Coasts and Oceans +64-3-343-7878
Dr Judi Hewitt Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-7-856-1751
Dr Chris Hickey Principal Scientist - Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry +64-7-856-1713
Dr Murray Hicks Principal Scientist - River and Coastal Geomorphology +64-3-343-7872
Dr Jo Hoyle River Geomorphologist +64-3-343-7810
Debbie Hulston Principal Technician - Microbial Ecology +64-4-386-0593
Dr Graeme Inglis Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-3-343-8036
Dr Michelle Kelly Marine Biologist +64-9-375-2037
Dr Anna Kilimnik Mass Spectrometry Technician +64-4-386-0918
Dr Yoann Ladroit Fisheries Acoustics Scientist +64-4-386-0906
Dr Geoffroy Lamarche Principal Scientist - Marine Geology +64-4-386-0465
Dr Daniel Leduc Marine Biologist +64-4-386-0379
Dr Drew Lohrer Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-7-859-1803
Dr Carolyn Lundquist Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-7-859-1866
Dr Alison MacDiarmid Regional Manager - Wellington +64-4-386-0370
Dr Iain MacDonald Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Scientist +64-7-859-1818
Kevin Mackay Principal Technician - Marine Geology +64-4-386-0479
Dr Katie Maier Marine Sedimentologist +64-4-386-0910
Dr Alistair McKerchar Hydrologist +64-3-343-7870
Richard Measures Hydrodynamics Scientist +64-3-343-8066
Crispin Middleton Principal Technician - Marine Ecology +64-9-432-5504
Andrew Miller Marine Ecology Technician +64-3-343-7887
Sadie Mills Principal Technician - Marine Biology +64-4-386-0464
Dr Joshu Mountjoy Marine Geologist +64-4-386-0336
Reyn Naylor Fisheries Scientist +64-4-386-0827
Dr Helen Neil General Manager - Operations +64-4-386-0375
Kate Neill Marine Biologist +64-4-386-0467
Dr Wendy Nelson Principal Scientist - Marine Biology +64-4-386-0600
Dr Scott Nodder Principal Scientist - Marine Geology +64-4-386-0357
Lisa Northcote Marine Geology Technician +64-4-386-0380
Peter Notman Principal Technician - Fisheries +64-4-386-0852
Caoimhghin Ó Maolagáin Fisheries Technician +64-4-386-0595
Dr Alan Orpin Marine Geologist +64-4-386-0356
Ron Ovenden Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Technician +64-7-856-1721
Mike Page Marine Ecologist +64-3-545-7743
Arne Pallentin Principal Technician - Marine Geology +64-4-386-0603
Samantha Parkes Marine Ecology Technician +64-7-859-1858
Dr Darren Parsons Marine Ecologist +64-9-375-4531
Dr Rachael Peart Marine Invertebrate Systematist +64-4-386-0382
Olivia Price Marine Physics Technician +64-4-386-0345
Dr Mark Pritchard Coastal Modeller +64-7-856-1744
Doug Ramsay Manager, Pacific Rim +64-7-859-1894
Dr Geoff Read Marine Biologist +64-4-386-0321
Dr Graham Rickard Marine Physics Modeller +64-4-386-0311
Dr Natalie Robinson Marine Physicist +64-4-382-1619
Dr Helen Rouse Regional Manager - Christchurch and Nelson +64-3-343-8037
Dr Ashley Rowden Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology +64-4-386-0334
Karl Safi Algal Ecologist +64-7-856-1716
Dr Alexandre Schimel Fisheries Acoustics Scientist +64-4-386-0510
Dr Kareen Schnabel Marine Biologist +64-4-386-0862
Kimberley Seaward Marine Ecology Technician +64-3-343-8063
Dr Ude Shankar GIS Specialist +64-3-343-7892
Dr Graeme Smart Principal Scientist - Natural Hazards and Hydrodynamics +64-3-343-7851
Matt Smith Principal Technician - Marine Ecology +64-9-375-2036
Dr Tilmann Steinmetz GIS Data Analyst & Administrator +64-4-386-0535
Dr Scott Stephens Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Scientist +64-7-856-1745
Dr Fabrice Stephenson Marine Ecologist +64-7-859-1881
Dr Craig Stevens Principal Scientist - Marine Physics +64-4-386-0476