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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kulgemeyer, T., von Dobeneck, T., Müller, H., Bryan, K. R., de Lange, W. P., & Battershill, C. N. (2016). Lithofacies distribution and sediment dynamics on a storm-dominated shelf from combined photographic, acoustic and sedimentological profiling methods (Bay of Plenty, New Zealand). Marine Geology, 376, 158-174. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.03.005 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10156

  • McCormack, S., Ross, P. M., Hogg, I. D. P., & Battershill, C. (2016). Biosystematic and chemical ecological insights to the identification of bioactive leads from New Zealand sponges (Porifera: Poecilosclerida). In New Zealand Marine Sciences Society and Australian Marine Sciences Association joint conference. Held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

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

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Catherine Kirby

Catherine Kirby
BSc; MSc in Biological Sciences

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