2021 Organising Committee

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Chris Battershill

Prof. Chris Battershill 

(Ngāti Pākehā)

Chris heads the Coastal Marine Group in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. He holds the inaugural Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Coastal Science, based in Tauranga. His research focuses on marine ecology and environmental science

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Kura Paul-Burke

A. Prof. Kura Paul-Burke (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakahemo)

Kura is a Māori marine ecologist and transdisciplinary researcher at the University of Waikato. She is a project leader for sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, with extensive pragmatic experience combining mātauranga Māori and Western science to assist kaitiakitanga (restoration, monitoring, management) priorities of coastal Māori entities.

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Phil Ross

Phil Ross 

(Ngāti Pākehā)

Phil is a marine ecologist at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. His research interests include environmental history, community ecology and community-based fisheries management.

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Natalie Prinz

Natalie Prinz

(Germany)

Natalie is a PhD student at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. Her research is focused on recovery and restoration of intertidal sand flats in estuaries and she has a keen interest to learn about Mātauranga Māori.

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Caine Taiapa

Caine Taiapa

(Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Te Arawa)

Caine is the Project Manager of cultural and environmental research at Manaaki Te Awanui, a Māori Environmental Research Group based in Tauranga Moana in the Bay of Plenty. His interest is in reclaiming and reframing mātauranga with a goal of cultural and environmental well-being.

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Timothy Thomson

Timothy Thomson

(Australia/Germany)

Tim is in the second year of the PhD at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. His research interests lie in the biogeochemical processes driven by the microbial communities of marine ecosystems with a focus on intertidal habitats, and in particular mangrove forests. 

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Marie Magnusson

Marie Magnusson

(Sweden)

Program Leader for the Entrepreneurial Universities Macroalgal Biotechnology Programme, she leads a team focussing on the development of a sustainable seaweed aquaculture industry in NZ, the cultivation of freshwater and marine macroalgae for bioremediation of nutrient rich waste waters, and the development of novel bioproducts from the resulting biomass.

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Elizabeth Copeland

Elizabeth Copeland

(Australia)

Elizabeth established her roots with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry, Molecular Bioscience and Genetics at University of Sydney, Australia.

Currently, working as a Technical Officer/Deputy Team Leader in the science teaching laboratories of UoW, she supports teaching in Aquaculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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Kim Pritchard

Kim Pritchard

(Ngāti Pākehā)

Kim is an experienced Information Specialist with a history of working in higher education and research agencies. She is skilled in copy editing and indexing; research and literature searches; writing metadata, reports and business cases; science quality assessment; project management; and administration. Kim is currently working on contract for Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital.