Coasts and Oceans key contacts

Contacts are for our coasts and oceans work.

Key contacts for Coasts and Oceans services

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 - 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.

Manager - Coasts and Oceans

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. 

Communications Lead - Ocean Science

Pascale is a passionate educator, storyteller and videographer. She has been involved in all aspects of expedition life, from yacht crewing and logistics, to media communication and film production in the Arctic, Antarctica, sub-Antarctic islands, South Pacific and New Zealand. She is one of 15 Canadian Geographic Magazine explorers who has "inspired others to discover and care for our world". 

Contact for media enquiries. 

Full Staff List

Staff member Position
Dr Kareen Schnabel Marine Biologist Email Dr Kareen Schnabel
Kimberley Seaward Marine Ecology Technician Email Kimberley Seaward
Dr Ude Shankar GIS Specialist Email Dr Ude Shankar
Dr Graeme Smart Principal Scientist - Natural Hazards and Hydrodynamics Email Dr Graeme Smart
Matt Smith Principal Technician - Marine Ecology Email Matt Smith
Dr Tilmann Steinmetz GIS Data Analyst & Administrator Email Dr Tilmann Steinmetz
Dr Scott Stephens Assistant Regional Manager - Hamilton Email Dr Scott Stephens
Dr Fabrice Stephenson Marine Ecological Modeller Email Dr Fabrice Stephenson
Dr Craig Stevens Principal Scientist - Marine Physics Email Dr Craig Stevens
Craig Stewart Marine Physicist Email Craig Stewart
Rob Stewart Principal Technician - Marine Ecology Email Rob Stewart
Dean Stotter Marine Biology Technician Email Dean Stotter
Dr Judy Sutherland Regional Manager - Wellington Email Dr Judy Sutherland
Dr Philip Sutton Physical Oceanographer Email Dr Philip Sutton
Dr Andrew Swales Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Email Dr Andrew Swales
Dr Leigh Tait Marine Biologist (Biosecurity) Email Dr Leigh Tait
Dr David Thompson Seabird Ecologist Email Dr David Thompson
Karen Thompson Principal Technician - Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Email Karen Thompson
Di Tracey Fisheries Scientist Email Di Tracey
Matt Walkington Principal Technician - Oceanographic Systems Email Matt Walkington
Sally Watson Marine Geophysicist Email Sally Watson
Steve Wilcox Regional Manager - Wellington Email Steve Wilcox
Dr Shaun Williams Hazard Analyst Email Dr Shaun Williams
Dr Mike Williams Principal Scientist - Marine Physics Email Dr Mike Williams
Dr Susi Woelz Principal Technician - Marine Geology Email Dr Susi Woelz
Dr Chris Woods Marine Ecologist Email Dr Chris Woods
Dr Richard Wysoczanski Principal Scientist - Marine Geology Email Dr Richard Wysoczanski




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