News and updates about our research, outreach and engagement

Stressor footprints and dynamics

Posted on 16 May 2019

Better connections would benefit biophysical research

Biophysical scientists could “better connect their fields of endeavour” to maximise scientific advances say researchers Assoc Professor Craig Stevens and Dr David Plew from the Stressor footprints and dynamics project.

Ecosystem based management within Aotearoa New Zealands existing legislative framework
Credit: NZ Story/Chris Williams

Posted on 16 May 2019

Does NZ legislation enable EBM?

Marine law and policies will need  to be updated to fully embrace ecosystem-based management (EBM) principles say researchers from the EBM within Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal framework project.

Stressor footprints and dynamics

Posted on 16 May 2019

Ocean research in Aotearoa: prospects and predictions

To best manage a marine ecosystem we need to know how it works – and one of the foundation stones is understanding the mechanics of water, nutrient, sediment and pollutant…

kaikoura DSC1702 credit dave allen NIWA

Posted on 17 April 2019

Towards a stronger Kaikōura: a community event

Kaikōura community members gathered on 10 April to hear from National Science Challenge researchers who have been working in the area since the 2016 quake.

Ecosystem connectivity  tracking biochemical fluxes to inform ecosystem based management

Posted on 12 April 2019

Webinar: Valuing and managing marine and coastal ecosystem services

In this webinar, guest speaker Professor Robert Costanza from Australian National University discusses how ecosystem services science (ESS) can support the management of marine and coastal ecosystems.

Dynamic Seas
Credit: Rob Suisted

Posted on 09 April 2019

Experts join forces to improve land to sea ecosystem management

Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment is changing.

Enabling EBM low res Marlborough Sounds

Posted on 08 April 2019

Webinar: New Zealand law and the principles of ecosystem-based management

In this webinar Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge researchers summarise the legal framework that applies to the management of Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment.

Development of valuation frameworks and principles Marlborough Sounds credit Dave Allen NIWA
Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 02 April 2019

Marlborough Girls’ College students receive Marine Award

Marlborough Girls’ College students won the Marine Award at the 2019 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards (CMEA) in late March.

Tuhonohono  tikanga Maori me te Ture Pakeha ki Takutai Moana

Posted on 02 April 2019

Marine science wānanga inspires Golden Bay students

The University of Otago and Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge were invited by Mana Whenua ki Mōhua (mana whenua in Golden Bay) to deliver a science wānanga at Onetahua Kōkiri…

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Posted on 31 March 2019

Media coverage in March 2019

Coastal seas around New Zealand are heading into a marine heatwave, againThe Conversation

Quantifying marine biodiversity using environmental DNA

Posted on 28 March 2019

Webinar: Using environmental DNA to measure marine biodiversity

In this webinar Dr Michael Knapp (University of Otago) presented new research on environmental DNA metabarcoding surveys.

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Posted on 20 March 2019

Seaweek focus on tracking plastic pollution

During Seaweek, Cawthron Institute researcher Heni Unwin travelled the country to share her research with Dr Ross Vennell on tracking plastic pollution in our marine environment.