Academic publications

Published journal articles, books and book chapters about our research


Adams CIM, Knapp M, Gemmell NJ, Jeunen G-J, Bunce M, Lamare MD & Taylor HR (2019). Beyond biodiversity: Can environmental DNA (eDNA) cut it as a population genetics tool? Genes, 10(3), 192. DOI: 10.3390/genes10030192

Barrett P, Kurian P, Simmonds N & Cretney R (2019). Community participation in the development of the Ōngātoro/Maketū Estuary project: The socio-ecological dimensions of restoring an interconnected ecosystem. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 1-14. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3048

Geange S, Townsend M, Clark D, Ellis JI & Lohrer AM (2019) Communicating the value of marine conservation using an ecosystem service matrix approach. Ecosystem Services 35: 150-163 DOI: 

Hewitt JE & Thrush SF (2019) Monitoring for tipping points in the marine environmentJournal of Environmental Management 234: 131-137 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.12.092

O’Callaghan J, Stevens C, Roughan M, Cornelisen C, Sutton P, Garrett S, Giorli G, Smith RO, Currie KI, Suanda SH, Williams M, Bowen M, Fernandez D, Vennell R, Knight BR, Barter P, McComb P, Oliver M, Livingston M, Tellier P, Meissner A, Brewer M, Gall M, Nodder SD, Decima M, Souza J, Forcén-Vazquez A, Gardiner S, Paul-Burke K, Chiswell S, Roberts J, Hayden B, Biggs B and Macdonald H (2019) Developing an integrated ocean observing system for New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Stevens CL, O’Callaghan JM, Chiswell SM & Hadfield MG (2019) Physical oceanography of New Zealand/Aotearoa shelf seas – a review. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, DOI: 10.1080/00288330.2019.1588746

Stevens C & Plew D (2019) Perspective: Bridging the Separation Between Studies of the Biophysics of Natural and Built Marine Canopies. Frontiers in Marine Science, Marine Ecosystem Ecology, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00217 


Allison AEF, Dickson ME, Fisher KT and Thrush SF (2018) Dilemmas of modelling and decision-making in environmental research. Environmental Modelling & Software 99(Supplement C):147 DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.09.015

Anderson A, Azhar M, Cooper J, James J, Debes J, Azhar D, Vandermark W, Leung KC, Yang K, Hilman J, Schenone S, Strozzi AG, Gee T, Friedrich H, Thrush S & Delmas P (2018). A multi-scale framework for the automated surveying of the Whangateau estuary using off-the-shelf equipment. International Conference Image and Vision Computing New Zealand. 1-6. DOI: 10.1109/IVCNZ.2017.8402506 

Baines J and Edwards P (2018) The role of relationships in achieving and maintaining a social licence in the New Zealand aquaculture sector. Aquaculture 485:140 DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.11.047

Chiantore M, Thrush SF, Asnaghi V & Hewitt JE (2018). The multiple roles of β-diversity help untangle community assembly processes affecting recovery of temperate rocky shores. Royal Society Open Science 5: 171700 DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171700

Davies K, Fisher K, Foley M, Greenaway A, Hewitt J, Le Heron R, Mikaere H, Ratana K, Spiers R & Lundquist C (2018). Navigating collaborative networks and cumulative effects for Sustainable Seas. Environmental Science and Policy 83 (2018) 22-32 DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.01.013

de Juan S, Hewitt J, Subida MD & Thrush S (2018). Translating Ecological Integrity terms into operational language to inform societies. Journal of Environmental Management 228: 319-327 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.09.034

Douglas EJ, Pilditch CA, Lohrer AM, Savage C, Schipper LA & Thrush SF (2018). Sedimentary environment influences ecosystem response to nutrient enrichment. Estuaries and Coasts 41: 1994 DOI: 10.1007/s12237-018-0416-5

Gladstone-Gallagher RV, Hughes RW, Douglas EJ & Pilditch CA (2018). Biomass-dependent seagrass resilience to sediment eutrophication. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 501: 54-64 DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2018.01.002

Hewitt J, Faulkner L, Greenaway A and Lundquist CA (2018) Proposed ecosystem-based management principles for New ZealandResource Management Journal, November, pg 10-13  

Jeunen G-J, Knapp M, Spencer HG, Lamare MD, Taylor HR, Stat M, Bunce M & Gemmell NJ (2018) Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding reveals strong discrimination among diverse marine habitats connected by water movement. Molecular Ecology Resources 19(2), 426-438 DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12982

Ladds MA, Sibanda N, Arnold R, Dunn MR (2018). Creating functional groups of marine fish from categorical traits. PeerJ Preprints 6:e27148v1 DOI:  10.7287/peerj.preprints.27148v1

Le Heron E (2018). Participatory processes and diversity: power and politics in remaking environmental futures. Clarke B. and Hay I (eds), Challenging Environmental Management, Edward Elgar.

Le Heron R, Blackett P, Logie J, Hikuroa D, Le Heron E, Greenaway A, Glavovic B, Davies K, Allen W, Simmonds N & Lundquist C (2018). Participatory processes for implementation in Aotearoa New Zealand’s multi-use/user marine spaces? Unacknowledged and unaddressed issues. Heidkamp CP and Morrissey J (eds) Towards coastal resilience and sustainability, Routledge, Oxford.

Lewis N (2018). Cultivating diverse values by rethinking blue economy in New Zealand. Heidkamp CP and Morrissey J (eds) Towards coastal resilience and sustainability, Routledge, Oxford.

Makey L & Awatere S (2018). He Mahere Pāhekoheko Mō Kaipara Moana–Integrated Ecosystem-Based Management for Kaipara Harbour, Aotearoa New Zealand. Society & Natural Resources, 1-19.

Ruvindy R, Bolch CJ, MacKenzie L, Smith KF & Murray SA (2018).  qPCR assays for the detection and quantification of multiple paralytic shellfish toxin-producing species of Alexandrium. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:3153 DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.03153

Schiel DR, Gerrity S, Alestra T, Pirker J, Marsden I, Dunmore R, Tait L, South P, Taylor D and Thomsen M (2018). Kaikōura earthquake: Summary of impacts and changes in nearshore marine communities. In Henlass C, Borrero J, Neale D and Shand T (eds) Shakey Shores- Coastal impacts & responses to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquakes. New Zealand Coastal Society, Special Publication 2, 2018, 44pp.

Sinner J, Šunde C, Giorgetti A, Tadaki M, Stephenson J, Awatere S, Glavovic B, Hewitt J & Lewis N. (2018). Exploring valuation frameworks and principles for sustainable seas. Prepared for Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Cawthron Report No. 3234. 62 p. plus appendices. 

Stephenson F, Leathwick JR, Geange SW, Bulmer RH, Hewitt JE, Anderson O, Rowden, A & Lundquist C (2018). Using Gradient Forests to summarise patterns in species turnover across large spatial scales to inform conservation planning. Diversity and Distributions 24(11) 1641-1656 DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12787

Stevens CL (2018). Turbulent length scales in a fast-flowing, weakly stratified, strait: Cook Strait, New Zealand Ocean Science 14: 801-812 DOI: 10.5194/os-2017-30

Šunde C, Sinner J, Tadaki M, Stephenson J, Glavovic B, Awatere S, Giorgetti A, Lewis N, Young A & Chan K (2018). Valuation as destruction? The social effects of valuation processes in contested marine spaces. Marine Policy 97, 170-178 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.05.024

Townsend M, Davies K, Hanley N, Hewitt J, Lundquist C & Lohrer AM (2018). The challenge of implementing the marine ecosystem service concept. Frontiers in Marine Science DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00359

Urlich S, Thrush S, Hewitt J & E Jorgensen E (2018). The Earth Summit 25 Years on: Why is biodiversity continuing to decline? The Resource Management Journal pp19-21

Urlich S, Thrush S, Hewitt J & E Jorgensen E (2018). What it Means to “Maintain” Biodiversity in our Coastal Marine Environment. The Resource Management Journal pp25-30

Zeldis JR & Swaney DP (2018). Balance of catchment and offshore nutrient loading and biogeochemical response in four New Zealand coastal systems: Implications for resource Management. Estuaries and Coasts 41(8) 2240-2259 DOI: 10.1007/s12237-018-0432-5


Bulmer RH, Schwendenmann L, Lohrer AM and Lundquist CJ (2017) Sediment carbon and nutrient fluxes from cleared and intact temperate mangrove ecosystems and adjacent sandflats. Science of The Total Environment 599–600(Supplement C):1874 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.139

Davies K, Fisher K, Foley M, Greenaway A, Le Heron R, Mikaere, H, Ratana K, Spiers R & Lundquist C (2017). From the mountains to the seas: developing a shared vision for addressing cumulative effects in Aotearoa New Zealand. Regions Magazine 308(4): 15-18. DOI: 10.1080/13673882.2017.11958671

Douglas EJ, Pilditch CA, Kraan C, Schipper LA, Lohrer AM & Thrush SF (2017) Macrofaunal Functional Diversity Provides Resilience to Nutrient Enrichment in Coastal Sediments. Ecosystems 20(7):1324 DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0113-4

Ellingsen KE, Yoccoz NG, Tveraa T et al (2017) Long-term environmental monitoring for assessment of change: measurement inconsistencies over time and potential solutions. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189(11):595 DOI: 10.1007/s10661-017-6317-4

Ellis JI, Clark MR, Rouse HL and Lamarche G (2017) Environmental management frameworks for offshore mining: the New Zealand approach. Marine Policy 84:178-192 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.07.004

Gladstone-Gallagher RV, Needham HR, Lohrer AM, Lundquist C & Pilditch CA (2017). Site-dependent effects of bioturbator-detritus interactions alter soft-sediment ecosystem function. Marine Ecology Progress Series 569:145 DOI: 10.3354/meps12086

Gladstone-Gallagher RV, Sandwell DR, Lohrer AM, Lundquist CJ & Pilditch CA (2017). Quantifying macrodetritus fluxes from a small temperate estuary. Marine and Freshwater Research 68(12):2289 DOI: 10.1071/MF16408

Hikuroa D (2017) Mātauranga Māori—the ūkaipō of knowledge in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 47(1):5 DOI: 10.1080/03036758.2016.1252407

Iorns C & Stuart T (2017). Murky Waters: adaptive management, uncertainty and seabed mining in the exclusive economic zone. Policy Quarterly 13(2), 10 DOI: 10.26686/pq.v13i2.4661

Jones HFE, Pilditch CA, Hamilton DP and Bryan KR (2017) Impacts of a bivalve mass mortality event on an estuarine food web and bivalve grazing pressure. NZ Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 51(3):370 DOI: 10.1080/00288330.2016.1245200

Lewis N (2017) From value as theoretical object to rent as political project. Dialogues in Human Geography, 7(3), pp.331-335. DOI: 10.1177/2043820617736619

Love T (2017). The Kermadecs Conundrum: marine protected areas and democratic process. Policy Quarterly 13(2), 17 DOI: 10.26686/pq.v13i2.4660

Peart R (2017). A ‘sea change’ in marine planning: The development of New Zealand’s first marine spatial plan. Policy Quarterly, 13(2), 3-9 DOI: 10.26686/pq.v13i2.4658

Peart R (2017). A seachange: Marine spatial planning in New Zealand. In Kitsiou D & Karydis M (eds), Marine spatial planning: Methodologies, environmental issues and current trends, Nova Science Publishers, New York. 

Schiel DR, Lilley S, South P (2017) Ecological tipping points for an invasive kelp in rocky reef algal communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 587, pp.93-104 DOI: 10.3354/meps12429

Severinsen G (2017). Injecting Carbon Beneath the Seabed: dumping, pollution, water ... or something else? Policy Quarterly 13 (2), 29 DOI: 10.26686/pq.v13i2.4654

Shen H, Jiang G, Wan X et al (2017) Response of the microbial community to bioturbation by benthic macrofauna on intertidal flats. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 488:44 DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.12.010

Thrush SF, Hewitt JE, Kraan C et al (2017) Changes in the location of biodiversity–ecosystem function hot spots across the seafloor landscape with increasing sediment nutrient loading. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284(1852) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2861

Tiakiwai SJ, Kilgour JT, & Whetu A (2017). Indigenous perspectives of ecosystem-based management and co-governance in the Pacific Northwest: lessons for Aotearoa. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 13(2), 69-79 DOI: 10.1177/1177180117701692

Watkins M (2017) Under New Management marine consents in the exclusive economic zone. Policy Quarterly 13(2), 23 DOI: 10.26686/pq.v13i2.4650

Winder GM and Le Heron R (2017) Assembling a Blue Economy moment? Geographic engagement with globalizing biological-economic relations in multi-use marine environments. Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1), 3 DOI: 10.1177/2043820617691643


Hikuroa D (2016) Dan Hikuroa looks at Maori involvement in the formation of a new plan for the Gulf. Gulf Journal, June.

Kakeh N, Coco G and Marani M (2016) On the morphodynamic stability of intertidal environments and the role of vegetation. Advances in Water Resources 93(B), 303-314 DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.11.003

Shen H, Thrush SF, Wan X et al (2016) Optimization of hard clams, polychaetes, physical disturbance and denitrifying bacteria of removing nutrients in marine sediment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 110(1): 86–92 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.081

Thrush SF, Lewis N, Le Heron R et al (2016) Addressing surprise and uncertain futures in marine science, marine governance, and society. Ecology and Society 21(2) 44 DOI: 10.5751/ES-08574-210244

Tinoco RO and Coco G (2016) A laboratory study on sediment resuspension within arrays of rigid cylinders. Advances in Water Resources 92(Supplement C):1–9 DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.04.003

Zhou Z, Ye Q and Coco G (2016). A one-dimensional biomorphodynamic model of tidal flats: Sediment sorting, marsh distribution, and carbon accumulation under sea level rise. Advances in Water Resources 93(B), 288-302 DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.10.011


O’Callaghan JM & Steven CL (2015) Transient river flow into a fjord and its control of plume energy partitioning. Journal of Geophysical Research, 120(5), 3444-3461 DOI: 10.1002/2015JC010721

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Phase II research project portfolio

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