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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.

Recent Publications

  • Ross, P. M., Battershill, C., & Loomb, C. (2016). The wreck of the MV Rena: spatio-temporal analysis of ship-derived contaminants in the sediments and fauna of Astrolabe Reef. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1), 87-114. doi:10.1080/00288330.2015.1077873

  • Schiel, D. R., & Battershill, C. N. (2016). Disaster and their legacies in coastal ecosystems: Recovering from natural and unnatural events. In The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) Joint Conference. Conference held in Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Browne, A., Battershill, C., Prinsep, M. R., Vanneste, J., & Clearwater, M. (2016). Novel Psa biovar 3 agrichemicals from New Zealand bioactive marine natural products. In 1st Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society Symposium, Participation and Partnership in Marine Biotechnology: Seeding the Blue Bioeconomy. Conference held in Adelaide, Australia.

  • Battershill, C., Pilditch, C., Ross, P., & Schiel, D. (2016). The wreck of the MV Rena: cross-disciplinary investigations into the effects of oil, contaminants and debris. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tnzm20/current

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Contact Details

Email: cbatters@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: +64 7 5570481

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