I work across broad disciplines in aquatic biology, aquaculture and fisheries, molecular biology, and ecotoxicology, among others. My current research focuses on molecular mechanisms involved during embryogenesis of marine invertebrates, and in response to environmental influences (e.g. ocean acidification, pollution, pathogens). Other research interests include development of new tools for assessing fish and shellfish health, and identifying mechanisms of disease and resistance. I am passionate about marine conservation, and providing guardianship of our seas and oceans.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Fellow in Marine Science, Auckland University of Technology

Education

  • 2016 
    Auckland University of Technology, PhD (Marine Biochemistry)

Publications

  • 2019
    Key research priorities for the future of marine science in New Zealand, Marine Policy
  • 2019
    Tissue-specific immune responses to Vibrio sp. infection in mussels (Perna canaliculus): A metabolomics approach, Aquaculture
  • 2019
    In vitro study of apoptosis in mussel (Perna canaliculus) haemocytes induced by lipopolysaccharide, Aquaculture
  • 2019
    Itaconic acid inhibits growth of a pathogenic marine Vibrio strain: A metabolomics approach, Scientific Reports
  • 2019
    Characterisation of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) blood and validation of flow cytometry cell count and viability assay kit, Fish & shellfish immunology
  • 2019
    Dual analysis of virus-host interactions: The case of Ostreid herpesvirus 1 and the cupped oyster Crassostrea gigas, Evolutionary Bioinformatics
  • 2018
    Multi-strain probiotics enhance immune responsiveness and alters metabolic profiles in the New Zealand black-footed abalone (Haliotis iris), Fish & Shellfish Immunology
  • 2018
    Practical fertilization procedure and embryonic development of the New Zealand geoduck clam (Panopea zelandica), Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom