Professor Ian Hawes

Ian Hawes


Qualifications: PhD

About Ian

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

  • Lizieri, C., Schaefer, C. E. G. R., & Hawes, I. A. N. (2022). Morphological diversity of benthic cyanobacterial assemblages in meltwater ponds along environmental gradients in the McMurdo Sound region, Antarctica. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 94(suppl 1). doi:10.1590/0001-3765202220210814

  • Picard, M., Wood, S. A., Pochon, X., Vandergoes, M. J., Reyes, L., Howarth, J. D., . . . Puddick, J. (2022). Molecular and pigment analyses provide comparative results when reconstructing historic cyanobacterial abundances from lake sediment cores. Microorganisms, 10(2). doi:10.3390/microorganisms10020279

  • Monteiro, M. R., Marshall, A. J., Hawes, I., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I. R., & Cary, S. C. (2022). Geochemically defined space-for-time transects successfully capture microbial dynamics along Lacustrine chronosequences in a Polar desert. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2021.783767 Open Access version:

  • Zabarte-Maeztu, I., D’Archino, R., Matheson, F. E., Manley-Harris, M., & Hawes, I. (2021). First record of Chaetomorpha ligustica (Cladophoraceae, Cladophorales) smothering the seagrass Zostera muelleri in a New Zealand estuary. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. doi:10.1080/00288330.2021.2013261

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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