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Contacts for our fisheries services.

Key contacts for Fisheries services

Chief Scientist - Fisheries

Richard specialises in research aimed at improving estimates of fish abundance using acoustics, trawling, and complementary technologies. Since attaining his PhD from the University of Otago in 1997, he has had extensive sea-going and practical fisheries experience both in New Zealand and overseas, including the Antarctic. Richard is the immediate past chair (2017-2019) of the ICES Working Group on Fisheries Acoustics Science and Technology. He has worked at NIWA since 2000 and is currently a programme leader for NIWA's National Centre for the Fisheries Assessment and Monitoring programme.

Manager - Fisheries Centre Operations

Chloe has a diverse background in project and programme management across a number of key corporate organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK, developing a broad set of skills and experience along the way.  She studied Marine Biology at University of Waikato, working with Ngāi Te Rangi funding to explore habitat construction and reseeding of juvenile paua in the Tauranga Moana Mātaitai.  Since joining NIWA in 2015, Chloe has held previous roles with the Fisheries Centre, and as Challenge & Engagement Manager of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge. 

Principal Scientist - Fisheries

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Fisheries Scientist

Principal Scientist - Fisheries

Matt has a Ph.D. in fisheries from the Business School at University of Portsmouth (UK), worked in fisheries research at CEFAS (UK), and then moved to New Zealand in 2003 to work for Victoria University of Wellington and NIWA. Matt is a leader of NIWAs Assessing Fishery Resources programme. The research Matt conducts is mostly fish stock assessments, involving quantitative fisheries data analyses and population modelling. Matt has also worked on fish biology, impacts of climate on fisheries, and food webs and ecosystem models. Matt has conducted reviews of stock assessment research for agencies in Australia, Europe, South America, and the USA.

Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology

Darren completed a BSc and MSc at the University of Auckland where he studied the movements of snapper within the Goat Island Marine Reserve. Darren then completed a PhD at North Carolina State University where he investigated the indirect effects of recreational fishing on spiny lobster. Since 2006 Darren has been at NIWA, where he has worked on a range of fish ecology and inshore fisheries projects. In 2017 Darren was co-appointed through the University of Aucklands Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science.

Darrens research interests centre on fish ecology, and understanding how it is modified by human induced stressors such as fishing, land based effects and climate change. Darren is particularly interested in fish life-history, movement, behaviour and personality, and how fisheries select and modify these aspects within fish populations. Darren has existing projects investigating: (i) nursery habitat association in juvenile snapper, (ii) the effects of ocean acidification on snapper larvae, (iii) the age structure of inshore fish populations such as snapper and trevally, and (iv) inshore trawl surveys of the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty.

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Fisheries Scientist

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Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant to the following Chief Scientists:

Fisheries - Richard O'Driscoll
Oceans - Mike Williams
Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards - Andrew Tait
HPC and Data Science - Jess Robertson
Te Kūwaha - Erica Williams

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Contracts Manager

Full Staff List

Staff member Position
Owen Anderson Fisheries Scientist Email Owen Anderson
Helena Armiger Principal Technician - Fisheries Email Helena Armiger
Dr Cindy Baker Principal Scientist - Freshwater Fish Email Dr Cindy Baker
Sira Ballara Fisheries Scientist Email Sira Ballara
Dr Mike Beentjes Principal Scientist - Fisheries Email Dr Mike Beentjes
Dr Richard Bian Fisheries Scientist Email Dr Richard Bian
Dr Jaret Bilewitch Molecular Biologist Email Dr Jaret Bilewitch
Lisa Bragg Personal Assistant Email Lisa Bragg
Dane Buckthought Marine Ecology Technician Email Dane Buckthought
Anthony Charsley Spatial Fisheries Modeller Email Anthony Charsley
Dr Malcolm Clark Principal Scientist - Fisheries Email Dr Malcolm Clark
Dr Samik Datta Population Modeller Email Dr Samik Datta
Dr Jennifer Devine Fisheries Scientist Email Dr Jennifer Devine
Dr Ian Doonan Senior Fisheries Modeller Email Dr Ian Doonan
Dr Matt Dunn Principal Scientist - Fisheries Email Dr Matt Dunn
Dr Pablo Escobar-Flores Fisheries Scientist Email Dr Pablo Escobar-Flores
Mark Fenwick Marine Ecologist Email Mark Fenwick
Dr Brit Finucci Fisheries Scientist Email Dr Brit Finucci
Savannah Goode Student Email Savannah Goode
Dr Arnaud Gruss Fisheries Population Modeller Email Dr Arnaud Gruss
Jason Hamill Fisheries Technician Email Jason Hamill
Dr Sean Handley Marine Biologist Email Dr Sean Handley
Alan Hart Marine Biology Technician Email Alan Hart
Chloe Hauraki Manager - Fisheries Centre Operations Email Chloe Hauraki
Dr Simon Hoyle Principal Scientist - Fisheries Modeller Email Dr Simon Hoyle
Dr Graeme Inglis Chief Science Advisor Email Dr Graeme Inglis
Dr Emma Jones Marine Ecologist Email Dr Emma Jones
Karen Keddy Logistics Coordinator Email Karen Keddy
Dr Gavin Macaulay Fisheries Acoustics Scientist Email Dr Gavin Macaulay
Dan MacGibbon Fisheries Scientist Email Dan MacGibbon
Dr Jade Maggs Fisheries Scientist (Quantitative Stock Assessment) Email Dr Jade Maggs
Peter Marriott Principal Technician - Marine Biology Email Peter Marriott
Alicia Maurice Fisheries Acoustic Scientist Email Alicia Maurice
Dr Vidette McGregor Ecosystem Modeller Email Dr Vidette McGregor
Dr Andy McKenzie Fisheries Modeller Email Dr Andy McKenzie
Dr Irene Middleton Marine Ecologist Email Dr Irene Middleton
Andrew Miller Marine Ecology Technician Email Andrew Miller
Dr Bradley Moore Fisheries Scientist Email Dr Bradley Moore
Dr Richard O'Driscoll Chief Scientist - Fisheries Email Dr Richard O'Driscoll
Dr Darren Parsons Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology Email Dr Darren Parsons
William Quinn Marine Electronics Technician Email William Quinn
Christopher Ray Electronics Technician Email Christopher Ray
Kura Reihana Data Entry Operator Email Kura Reihana
Dr Ashley Rowden Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology Email Dr Ashley Rowden
Keren Spong Marine Ecology Technician Email Keren Spong
Darren Stevens Fisheries Scientist Email Darren Stevens
Colin Sutton Fisheries Technician Email Colin Sutton
Di Tracey Fisheries Scientist Email Di Tracey
Joeye Vorster Data Entry Supervisor Email Joeye Vorster
Dr James Williams Fisheries Scientist Email Dr James Williams
Ryan Willoughby Communications Lead - Ocean Science Email Ryan Willoughby
Caroline Wood Data Manager Email Caroline Wood
Brent Wood Principal Technician - GIS and Spatial Data Management Email Brent Wood
Dr Jeremy Yeoman Data Manager Email Dr Jeremy Yeoman


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