Dr Grant Tempero

Grant Tempero


Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc, DipAg

Research Interests

I am interested in many aspects of biological research including ecology, physiology and animal behaviour. My research interests mainly focus on applied aspects such as invasive species, ecological restoration, and toxicology.

My current research areas include determination of phytoplankton nutrient limitation in Lake Rotorua. Monitoring of sediment aluminium concentrations and potential aluminium toxicity associated with alum dosing of the Rotorua lakes. Development of novel invasive fish monitoring systems using scent detection dogs and the use of scent detection dogs in the conservation of short-tailed bat habitat.

I am also part of the LERNZ research group and have research links with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council and the Department of Conservation.

Recent Publications

  • Tempero, G. W., Hicks, B. J., Ling, N., Morgan, D., Daniel, A. J., Özkundakci, D., & David, B. (2019). Fish community responses to invasive fish removal and installation of an exclusion barrier at Lake Ohinewai, Waikato. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 53(3), 397-415. doi:10.1080/00288330.2019.1579101

  • Zhang, H., Lyu, T., Bi, L., Tempero, G., Hamilton, D. P., & Pan, G. (2018). Combating hypoxia/anoxia at sediment-water interfaces: A preliminary study of oxygen nanobubble modified clay materials. Science of the Total Environment, 637-638, 550-560. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.284

  • Browne, C. M., Quaife, J. A., Edwards, T. L., Ling, N., & Tempero, G. W. (2018). Conservation dogs: Detection of invasive fish in freshwater. In Canine Science Forum. Conference held at Eötvös Loránd Unversity, Budapest, Hungary.

  • Tempero, G. (2018). Ecotoxicological Review of Alum Applications to the Rotorua Lakes: Supplementary Report (ERI Report No. 117). Hamilton, New Zealand: Environmental Research Institute, The University of Waikato.

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Animal Behaviour; Biology; Ecology; Environmental Impacts

limnology, freshwater ecology, fish

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: R.2.13
Phone: +64 7 838 4760