Below is a list of key members of our research team. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme or specific activities feel free to make contact with specific people, or drop us a line using the generic contact form.
Anastasija has broad expertise in aquatic ecology, and the development and assessment of molecular tools for monitoring and surveillance. Anastasija co-leads the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox and oversees the DETECT research theme to ensure effective integration of molecular approaches into the developing biosecurity toolbox.
Oli’s research focuses on biofouling management, urban ecology and developing measures to limit the spread and impacts of marine pests. He is a co-Leader of the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox programme and has research and oversight roles in the PROTECT and MANAGE & RESPOND themes.
Charlotte is Support Team Leader for Cawthron’s Coastal & Freshwater Group, with a focus on bids, proposals and contract management and is devoting some of her time to support the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox programme team.
Te Rerekohu is currently a Kaiārahi Rangahau Kaimōana at Cawthron Institute in Nelson and holds formal qualifications in Mātauranga Māori, Teaching, Marine Biology and Aquaculture. He is involved in several projects at Cawthron that span Shellfish and Finfish Aquaculture, Aquatic Animal Health, Biosecurity and Seafood Safety, and he believes there is a place for te reo o ngā hapū and a wider Te Ao Māori to be heard in these kaupapa.
Juliane Chetham of Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Taiao/ Resource Management Unit has many years of experience working with hapū and iwi in the resource management and customary fisheries space.
Along with Dave Milner, their role in the programme is to co-design a Mātauranga Māori platform to embed manaakitanga and kaitaiakitanga values into the research. They will utilise Mātauranga Māori in a case study within their rohe to assist with selection of target species surveillance methodologies, and to co-develop a planning and implementation pathway for rangatahi/tai tamariki engagement in marine biosecurity.
Dave Milner of Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Taiao/ Resource Management Unit has many years of experience working with hapū and iwi in the resource management and customary fisheries space.
Along with Juliane Chetham, their role in the programme is to co-design a Mātauranga Māori platform to embed manaakitanga and kaitaiakitanga values into the research. They will utilise Mātauranga Māori in a case study within their rohe to assist with selection of target species surveillance methodologies, and to co-develop a planning and implementation pathway for rangatahi/tai tamariki engagement in marine biosecurity.
Sam developed and leads Auckland Council’s marine biosecurity programme, and has over 13 years’ experience in natural environment management. Sam works with other regions and agencies on a variety of collaborative initiatives including policy development and marine biosecurity related research and development. She is Auckland Council’s representative on the Advisory and Implementation Group and her role in the progamme is to provide partner support and input to research and development, and in-kind support and workstream connections.
Mel has 15 years’ experience working in marine science and marine biosecurity research in New Zealand, Canada and the UK. Her interest in marine biosecurity initiated with baseline port surveys during her time with NIWA, and has been reinstated with Auckland Council. Her role in the programme is to provide partner support and input to the development and research, and provide in-kind support and workstream connections.
Kaeden is a marine biosecurity specialist at Northland Regional Council with more than 10 years’ expertise in marine invasion ecology/biogeography and both ex-situ and in-situ experimental design. Northland Regional Council are end-user partners in this programme, and whose current marine biosecurity programme focuses on active targeted marine pest surveillance and incursion management across Northland’s ten harbors and coastline.
Liam’s interest in being involved with the programme is to provide input in the development of monitoring and pathway tools to ensure that the tools that fit-for-purpose and can be used and operated by the field teams that undertake pest surveillance.
Abraham’s role involves improving early detection capability of marine pests so that management of them is likely to be more successful. Early detection is achieved through educating the public, investment in targeted marine surveillance programmes and development of new technologies. This research programme is very exciting as it will develop new tools that we can use to prevent, detect, and manage marine pests. Abraham’s goal is to connect expertise within Biosecurity New Zealand to specific programmes so that any outcomes will deliver maximum benefits to New Zealanders.
Eugene delivers biosecurity science and risk advice across the Ministry for Primary Industries’ marine sector to underpin decision making. Eugene’s role in the programme is to provide scientific advice and oversight, and to facilitate involvement of MPI’s technical experts. This programme represents an opportunity to establish communities of practice based on sound knowledge, which is critical to the success of New Zealand’s marine biosecurity system.
Natalie is Co-Head of Science Learning Area at Nelson College for Girls. We are currently working with Cawthron to design a junior teaching and learning programme to be used in the early stages of this study at our college. This will be further embedded into our programmes as technology in the project develops.
Johnnie is the Head of Science at Nelson College. He has been teaching Junior Science and Biology for 15 years and is still fascinated by the natural world. He relishes opening students’ eyes to the wonders around them and tells them how lucky they are to live in a country like Aotearoa New Zealand, where the local flora and fauna is so accessible and so awesome. In 2016 he completed the Science Teachers Leadership Program through the RSNZ at Cawthron Institute. The links forged through the program have enabled him to be involved in the Biosecurity Toolbox Project. He is excited about engaging students in an authentic hands-on real-world project focusing on marine biosecurity.