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

  • Biessy, L., Pearman, J. K., Smith, K. F., Hawes, I., & Wood, S. A. (2020). Seasonal and Spatial Variations in Bacterial Communities From Tetrodotoxin-Bearing and Non-tetrodotoxin-Bearing Clams. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2020.01860

  • Dillon, M. L., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A. D., Mackey, T. J., Eisen, J. A., Doran, P. T., & Sumner, D. Y. (2020). Energetic and Environmental Constraints on the Community Structure of Benthic Microbial Mats in Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 96(2). doi:10.1093/femsec/fiz207

  • Waters, S., Webster-Brown, J. G., & Hawes, I. (2020). The release of legacy phosphorus from deforestation-derived sediments in shallow, coastal lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Wairewa. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. doi:10.1080/00288330.2020.1804408

  • Zabarte-Maeztu, I., Matheson, F. E., Manley-Harris, M., Davies-Colley, R. J., Oliver, M., & Hawes, I. (2020). Effects of fine sediment on seagrass meadows: A case study of Zostera muelleri in pāuatahanui inlet, New Zealand. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8(9), 20 pages. doi:10.3390/JMSE8090645

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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