Professor Ian Hawes

Ian Hawes


Qualifications: PhD

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Biessy, Laura (in progress). Elucidating the source and transmission of tetrodotoxin in New Zealand bivalves.
  • Picard, Mailys (in progress). Assessing the impact of invasive fish species on lake communities using sedimentary environmental DNA.
  • Skovsholt, Louis (in progress). Eutrophication effects on stream macrophytes.
  • Thang, Ha Nam (in progress). Remote Sensing of Dynamics and Blue Carbon Storage of Seagrass in Tauranga Harbour (Bay of Plenty), New Zealand.
  • Maeztu, Inigo Zabarte (in progress). Sediment-effect Thresholds for the Seagrass Zostera Muelleri in New Zealand


  • McKenzie, Kyle (in progress). Macroinvertebate communities in coastal habitats in the Ross Sea , Antarctica.
  • Mills, Francesca (in progress). Resilience of microbial communities in Antarctic coastal ponds.
  • Reed, Lisa (in progress). Relationships between optical properities of lakes and their cyanobacterial populations.
  • Wilson, Nicholas (in progress). Dynamics of nitrate and sediment in lowland Bay of PLenty rivers.


  • Samra, Aliesha (in progress). Comparing light harvesting efficiency at high and low light in seagrasses in Tauranga Harbour.

Research Interests

Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems

NZ Lakes

Recent Publications

  • Jackson, E. E., Hawes, I., & Jungblut, A. D. (2021). 16S rRNA gene and 18S rRNA gene diversity in microbial mat communities in meltwater ponds on the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Polar Biology, 44(4), 823-836. doi:10.1007/s00300-021-02843-2

  • Biessy, L., Smith, K. F., Wood, S. A., Tidy, A., van Ginkel, R., Bowater, J. R. D., & Hawes, I. (2021). A Microencapsulation Method for delivering tetrodotoxin to bivalves to investigate uptake and accumulation. Marine Drugs, 19(1), 33. doi:10.3390/md19010033

  • Ha, N. T., Manley-Harris, M., Pham, T. D., & Hawes, I. (2021). The use of radar and optical satellite imagery combined with advanced machine learning and metaheuristic optimization techniques to detect and quantify above ground biomass of intertidal seagrass in a New Zealand estuary. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 42(12), 4716-4742. doi:10.1080/01431161.2021.1899335

  • Lumian, J. E., Jungblut, A. D., Dillon, M. L., Hawes, I., Doran, P. T., Mackey, T. J., . . . Sumner, D. Y. (2021). Metabolic capacity of the antarctic cyanobacterium phormidium pseudopriestleyi that sustains oxygenic photosynthesis in the presence of hydrogen sulfide. Genes, 12(3). doi:10.3390/genes12030426

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Biology; Oceanography

Geobiology, microbial ecology, plant physiology, limnology.

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 5785927
Cellphone: +64 21 02281494