Prof. Marti Anderson works at Massey University as a Professor of Ecological Statistics. Her main research efforts seek to quantify the biodiversity of ecological communities and to monitor and model populations of individual species in marine, coastal and other ecological environments. She has presented over 35 invited workshops internationally on multivariate analysis for biology and ecology, focusing on methods she developed and implemented in software which is now available as an add-on package to PRIMER. She has also published over 75 scientific papers focusing on a range of topics including ecological statistics, experimental design, community ecology and species population modelling. Marti has a master’s degree in Mathematical Statistics and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Sydney, Australia and she completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. During her professional career she has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Institute of Marine Ecology & Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities at the University of Sydney, Australia and as an Associate Professor within the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland before joining Massey University in 2009 as a Professor and Chair in Statistics for the College of Sciences.
Dr Karen Stockin - Co-director
Dr Karen Stockin has been employed by Massey University since January 2007, where she lectures in Marine Ecology under the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. At undergraduate level, Dr Stockin coordinates papers 196.325 Marine Biology,196.326Topics in Marine Ecology and currently teaches into 196.318 Molecular Ecology. At postgraduate level, she teaches into 232.703 Wildlife Management and 232.701 Conservation Biology. Her research focus is marine mammals and their interactions with the ecosystem. Specific interests include the examination of anthropogenic impacts including tourism, pollution and fisheries. Prior to completing a PhD on common dolphins (Delphinus sp), Dr Stockin completed an MSc in Marine & Fisheries Science at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology at Plymouth University, England. Her research in the United Kingdom examined the behaviour and habitat use of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) and minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) off North East Scotland. For the past eight years, her research has focused on common dolphins, resulting in the instigation of the New Zealand Common Dolphin Project (NZCDP). However, Dr Stockin has also published on a range of other marine mammal species including Bryde's whales (Balaenoptera brydei), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Hector's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). Despite being based in New Zealand, she continues to collaborate with colleagues working in the northern hemisphere, and is currently affiliated with the and the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme.
Dr Matthew Pawley - Lecturer
Dr Matthew Pawley works as a lecturer at Massey University and currently coordinates papers 115.101 Statistics for Business, 161.324 Data Mining and 161.777 Practical Data Mining. His areas of expertise are in ecological statistics, marine ecology, environmental modelling and environmental monitoring and impact assessment. He completed an MSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Statistics/Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, where he also completed his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences. His current research interests include the temporal and spatial variation of intertidal soft-sediment estuarine assemblages and sub tidal rocky reef assemblages and the environmental effects on intertidal and sub tidal benthic distributions.
Dr Elizabeth Laman Trip - Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Dr Elizabeth Laman Trip joined the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (INMS) at Massey University in 2011, where she currently lectures in , , , and . Her research focus is on the biology and ecology of fishes, with special interests in the biogeography of life history traits of coral reef and temperate reef fishes, and the mechanisms that underlie the patterns of variation across spatial scales. She took her position at Massey University after completing a one-year postdoc at the Coral Reef Ecology Lab at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) where she looked at the demography of coral reef fishes living in the Red Sea. Liz completed a PhD at the University of Auckland on the life history of butterfish (Odax pullus) across New Zealand and an MSc at James Cook University on the demography of the bristletooth surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus striatus) across the Indo-Pacific. She undertook her undergraduate studies in Brittany, France.
Dr Sinead Murphy - Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Sinéad Murphy is a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow. Her fellowship, funded by the European Commission, commenced in May 2011. The international collaborative research project between and the is entitled “CETACEAN STRESSORS - The independent and interactive effects of multiple stressors on reproduction and development in cetaceans”. During the initial two years of the fellowship Dr Murphy will be based at the Coastal-Marine Research Group, Massey University, returning to Europe in the third year. Dr Murphy’s research has taken a cross-disciplinary approach encompassing large-scale marine mammal population assessments and studies on detailed reproductive and developmental mechanisms. She has worked to develop the use of marine mammals as indicators of ecosystem health and the extrapolation of post-mortem data (from stranded and by-caught cetaceans) as a valuable tool for assessment of marine mammal population status. Since 1999, she has worked on numerous marine mammal research projects in Ireland and the UK. This included the Irish marine mammal stranding project and two large-scale EC-funded framework projects (2001-2004) and NECESSITY (2004-2007) that focused on the effects of pollutants and incidental capture, respectively. More recently she was successful in obtaining two grants from to assess the effects of contaminants on reproduction in small cetaceans inhabiting western European waters. Dr Murphy, who holds a BSc in Zoology from University College Cork, Ireland, completed her PhD at the same university in 2004 on “The biology and ecology of the short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis in the North-east Atlantic”. In 2005 she moved to Scotland to take up a postdoctoral research fellowship position at the . Dr Murphy is an honorary research fellow of the University of St Andrews and University College London, UK. Her research has informed conservation management advice to both government departments and inter-governmental organisations, and she currently holds the chair position of the (2009-2011).
Dr Laureline Meynier - Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Meynier completed her PhD in March 2009 at the
Prof Mark Orams - Adjunct Research Associate
Prof Mark Orams was the founding member of C-MRG when based at Massey University between 1995 and 2007. He is currently based at AUT University as Associate Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI) although Prof Orams remains an active member of C-MRG, co-supervising a number of postgraduate students undertaking marine mammal research at Massey University. Professor Orams is a respected researcher in marine science, specialisng in coastal and marine tourism. He holds a BSc in environmental planning and an MSc and PhD from The University of Queensland focusing on marine science. He has published three books and over 30 scientific papers focusing on coastal and marine tourism.
Dr David Lundquist - Adjunct Research Associate
Dr. Lundquist's research interest is in evaluating the long-term effects of anthropogenic disturbance on marine mammals. He completed his PhD in Environmental Science in May 2012 under the supervision of project examined the short- and long-term effects of tourism on dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) at Kaikoura, New Zealand. Additional supervision and advice were provided by , Prof. James Higham, and Asst. Prof. Steve Dawson. Prior to his PhD, Dr. Lundquist completed an MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, supervised by Prof. Bernd Würsig. His thesis examined the effects of swim-with-whale tourism on southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) at Península Valdés, Argentina. Dr. Lundquist has collaborated with a number of colleagues on studies investigating the ecological impact of human activity for a variety of species, including sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Gulf of Mexico and New Zealand, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in Hong Kong, gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) in Far East Russia, and fur seals (Arctocephalus forsteri) in New Zealand. He also contributes data and expertise to the Large-scale Whalewatching Experiment (), an initiative of the International Whaling Commission which aims to establish sustainable levels for whalewatching. In 2012, Dr Lundquist joined the C-MRG team as an Adjunct Research Associate.at the University of Otago. His
Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska - Adjunct Research Associate
Dr Machovsky completed his PhD, studying the nutritional and sensory ecology of the Australian gannet, at Massey University in 2012. Prior to this he worked at the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand and the Argentinean Antarctic Division after completing his master's at the , Argentina in 2005 where he looked at the distribution and accumulation of copper, zinc, cadmium and mercury in common dolphins. His primary research interest addresses the nutritional and sensory ecology of marine predators as well as the importance of nutritional ecology in conservation. Over the past 10 years he has worked in different areas of marine and terrestrial science using a wide range of different research techniques in both the field and laboratory. These include behavioural observations, deployment of miniaturised GPS and Time Depth Recorder data-loggers, analyses of animal diet and faecal compositions, aquatic and terrestrial biomass/animal diversity surveys, behavioural analysis based on video footage, heavy metals analysis and nutritional modelling. His work experience also includes research on breeding, diet and foraging behaviour of marine invertebrates, marine fish, marine mammals (seals, sea lions and dolphins), and seabirds (cormorants, petrels, penguins and gannets) from Argentina, Antarctica and New Zealand. Dr Machovsky currently works in the as a but continues to be affiliated with C-MRG as an Adjunct Research Associate.
Dr Martinez completed her PhD in February 2011 with C-MRG. Her PhD, the A.R.E.V.A. project, focused on the responses of South Island Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) to vessel activity in Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. She was supervised by Dr Karen Stockin, Prof Mark Orams, Dr Deanna Clement and Ass/Prof Dianne Brunton. Dr Martinez completed an MSc in Environmental Science at the and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology at the . Her MSc research consisted of a pre-disturbance study of Hector’s dolphins prior to the establishment of a dolphin-watching operation at Motunau, New Zealand. Although her research has focused on Hector’s dolphins and the effect of tourism activities, she collaborates with colleagues working on a range of other cetacean species including humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Between 2011 and 2012, she was appointed as a research associate with C-MRG and from 2012, she has been employed with the leading a team of researchers as a Senior Research Scientist. She continues to be affiliated with C-MRG as an Adjunct Research Associate.
Dr Tezanos-Pinto completed her PhD in 2009 at the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory at the under the supervision of Prof. C. Scott Baker. Her PhD investigated the population structure, abundance and reproductive parameters of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in New Zealand. Prior to completing her PhD, Dr Tezanos-Pinto completed BSc (Hons) from the (Argentina). Her Honours thesis investigated the immersion activity of Commerson’s dolphins in Bahía San Julián, Argentina. Specifically, she evaluated potential variations in immersion activity among age-sex classes, behaviours and presence-absence of boats. For the past 17 years, her experience in the field of marine mammal biology has included working on a variety of species in Argentina, her home country, and New Zealand. These included Burmeister porpoises (Phocoena spinipinnis), Commerson’s (Cephalorhynchus commersonii), Hector’s and Maui’s (Cephalorhynchus hectori sp.) and Peale’s (Lagenorhynchus australis) dolphins as well as humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Bryde’s (Balaenoptera brydei) whales. Dr Tezanos-Pinto’s research focus is primarily in the molecular ecology of marine mammals and the application of genetic techniques for research, conservation and management. She is interested in projects that combine a diversity of data including physiology, ecology, demographic parameters and life history data with genetic information to improve the conservation and management of wildlife species. Other interests include mark-recapture techniques to estimate population parameters of vertebrates, including sharks, fish and dolphins. In 2012, Dr Tezanos-Pinto joined the C-MRG team as an Adjunct Research Associate.
Wendi Roe completed a biology degree at Waikato University before graduating with a BVSc from
Sonja is originally from the UK and has a BSc in Biological Sciences completed at the . She has a strong interest in marine conservation and has volunteered on a range of conservation projects overseas including work with the in Indonesia as a Research Assistant in 2007 and a 3 month internship with in the Comoros Islands in 2009 assisting with socio-economic surveying, educational programs and green turtle monitoring. She travelled to New Zealand in October 2009 to act as a field assistant for Gabriel Machovsky on the Takapu Research Project. Since then she has worked on the , as first mate and marine guide working closely with students and researchers on board, prior to taking this position with the Coastal Marine Research Group. During her time on the she helped publish a paper documenting an attack on a little blue penguin by a New Zealand fur seal and she is keen to continue into post-graduate study.