BSc and MSc (University of Auckland), PhD (North Carolina State University)
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 indifrect effects of recreational fishing on sping 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, and (iii) the age structure of inshore fish populations such as snapper and trevally.