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
[email protected]

General information 

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

Key contacts for Antarctica services

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

Staff member Position
Dr David Bowden Marine Ecologist Email Dr David Bowden
Rod Budd Principal Technician - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Email Rod Budd
Dr Vonda Cummings Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology Email Dr Vonda Cummings
Dr Sam Dean Principal Scientist - Climate Email Dr Sam Dean
Alexander Hayward Phd Student Email Alexander Hayward
Michael Kotkamp Atmospheric Technician Email Michael Kotkamp
Dr Drew Lohrer Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology Email Dr Drew Lohrer
Pascale Otis Communications Lead - Ocean Science Email Pascale Otis
Dr Graham Rickard Marine Physics Modeller Email Dr Graham Rickard
Dr Natalie Robinson Marine Physicist Email Dr Natalie Robinson
Karl Safi Algal Ecologist Email Karl Safi
Dan Smale Principal Technician - Atmosphere Email Dan Smale
Dr Craig Stevens Principal Scientist - Marine Physics Email Dr Craig Stevens
Craig Stewart Marine Physicist Email Craig Stewart


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