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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

  • Dempsey, T., Ross, P. M., Hartland, A., McSweeney, C., & Battershill, C. N. (2016). Measurement of shipwreck-derived waterborne trace metals using DGT samplers. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1), 115-130. doi:10.1080/00288330.2015.1127829

  • Battershill, C. N., Ross, P. M., & Schiel, D. R. (2016). The MV Rena shipwreck: time-critical scientific response and environmental legacies. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1), 173-182. doi:10.1080/00288330.2015.1134593

  • Schiel, D. R., Ross, P. M., & Battershill, C. N. (2016). Environmental effects of the MV Rena ship wreck:
    cross-disciplinary investigations of oil and debris impacts on a coastal ecosystem. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1), 9 pages. doi:10.1080/00288330.2015.1133665

  • Ross, P. M., Fairweather, R., Culliford, D., Park, S., Pilditch, C. A., & Battershill, C. N. (2016). In situ sampling reveals rapid uptake and depuration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by surf clams (Paphies subtriangulata) affected by the Rena oil spill. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1), 56-69. doi:10.1080/00288330.2015.1084934

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Contact Details

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

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