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Professor Chris Battershill

Theme leader: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Qualifications: BSc MSc(Hons) PhD Auckland, Dip AICD Australian Institute of Company Directors

Professor Chris Battershill holds the inaugural Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Coastal Science, based in Tauranga. Amongst other national and international collaborations the new Chair oversees the New Zealand operation of the INTERCOAST programme, established by Waikato University and Bremen University in Germany to create a major centre of marine research excellence in the Bay of Plenty. Professor Battershill also heads the Coastal Marine Group in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Formerly Principal Scientist and Research Team Leader (Supporting Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity) at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), his research focuses on marine ecology and environmental science, and he was responsible for the establishment of the first dedicated marine biodiscovery teams in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on the medicinal and agricultural sectors.


Marine science; coastal science; environmental science; marine biosystematics; marine biodiversity; marine conservation; marine ecology; marine microbiology; chemical ecology; environmental toxicology; environmental impacts; marine biodiscovery; aquaculture; temperate reefs; tropical reefs; Antarctic marine science.

Recent Publications

  • McCormack, S., Hogg, I. D. P., Battershill, C., & Ross, P. (2015). DNA barcoding the Demospongiae (Porifera) from the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand – connecting morphology with molecules. In 6th International Barcode of Life Conference: Barcodes to Biomes. Conference held at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

  • Battershill, C. N., Heyward, A., Heap, A., Nichol, S., Anderson, T., Prezlawski, R., . . . McCorry, D. (2015). Preparing for oil and gas industry expansion: Coastal resource mapping and 3D seismic campaigns. In New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference. Auckland. Retrieved from http://nzmss.org/assets/Events/NZMSS-A5-Abstracts-booklet-FINAL5.pdf

  • Browne, A., Battershill, C. N., Vanneste, J., Prinsep, M., & Clearwater, M. (2015). The Kiwifruit Sector's Big Problem: Fishing for a solution to manage PSA. In New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference, Auckland. Retrieved from http://nzmss.org/

  • Brooke, N., Ross, P. M., Battershill, C. N., Trnski, T., & Gregor, K. (2015). Seasonal, diel and tidal differences in the distribution of larval fish in Tauranga Habour. In New Zealand Marine Sciences Society conference. Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://nzmss.org/assets/Events/NZMSS-A5-Abstracts-booklet-FINAL5.pdf

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Contact Details

Email: cbatters@waikato.ac.nz
Room: FG.2.04
Phone: +64 7 838 4893

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Catherine Kirby

Catherine Kirby
BSc; MSc in Biological Sciences

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