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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

  • Ross, P., Laferriere, A., Battershill, C. (2014) Kapiti Island Marine Reserve 21st birthday survey: 90’s flashbacks and trophic cascades in the 21st century
    Conference - Abstract - New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conference
  • Webb, N., Battershill, C., Prinsep, M. (2014) Chemical ecology and bioactivity of New Zealand marine sponge, Cliona celata
    Conference - Abstract - New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conference
  • McCormack, S., Battershill, C., Prinsep, M., Ross, P. (2014) The chemotaxonomy of marine sub-tidal invertebrates
    Conference - Oral presentation - New Zealand Marine Sciences Society conference
  • Battershill, C., Pilditch, C. (2014) Continental shelf sponge gardens and benthic pelagic coupling: Where does all the carbon go when the habitat is lost through sedimentation?
    Conference - Abstract - New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conference

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Contact Details

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