RESEARCH BLOG

November 14, 2019

Open to candidates from overseas, as well as to local students.

I am looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join my research group in the near future. The student will use genomic methods to understand dispersal, population structure and connectivity of marine in...

March 1, 2019

Exciting news! Early this year (March 2019), I and my lab group moved from ANU in Australia to the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago, in southern New Zealand! UoO is a university with particular strengths in Antarctic, marine and evolutionary scie...

September 22, 2018

We have returned to the uplifted areas along the Canterbury coast, north of Kaikoura, a few times in the 22 months since the large earthquakes raised the seabed by up to six metres, decimating local marine communities (see previous blog post, here). In April this year...

August 1, 2018

Early last year, a Chilean colleague, Dr Erasmo Macaya, was walking along a beach in Antarctica when he stumbled on something incredible. Cast up by the ocean, lying dying on the sand, was part of an organism that did not belong in Antarctica, and that could neither sw...

August 1, 2018

I currently have a range of cool PhD projects available, and am always happy to talk to potential students interested in joining my group. Scholarship applications (>AU$26,000 per year, possibly plus top-up of $7,500) usually close on 31 August (for international candi...

July 20, 2017

New findings from short-term experimental and simulated ecological studies [1, 2], and from molecular studies [3-5], demonstrate that neutral priority effects – whereby the order of arrival of organisms into an ecosystem influences final ecosystem structure [6-8] – can...

June 15, 2017

Examining uplifted seabed north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, at 5 days (left) and 5 months (right) after the earthquake. Most intertidal life at this site was destroyed in the quake.

In November 2016, I was in Wellington, New Zealand, about to give a public talk on my rese...

May 24, 2016

What we found: Our new paper published in Ecography this week shows that kelp rafts, which can carry diverse plants and animals with them, are easily and frequently crossing the Antarctic Polar Front into Antarctic waters.

These kelp species are generally sub-Antarctic...

March 2, 2016

In February 2016, I spent a few weeks on Deception Island, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. I took along PhD student Geoffrey Kay, as a volunteer field assistant. We were collecting samples of the moss Bryum pseudotriquetrum, the springtail Cryptopygus antarcti...

July 10, 2015

 

 

Callum Blake, Honours student

 

Callum is looking at the broad-scale distribution and infection dynamics of the phytomyxean gall-forming pathogen Maullinia associated with southern bull kelp species (Durvillaea). Callum will use SCUBA diving to measure the impact of th...

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