Cat graduated from the University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences, with a Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in marine science. Cat took a year break from study to teach biology and science at Haileybury and Imperial Service College in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom (UK). On returning to New Zealand, Cat completed her postgraduate diploma in science (merit) in biological sciences and a master’s degree in science at Leigh Marine Laboratory, majoring in marine science. At the Leigh Marine Laboratory (now the Institute of Marine Science) she studied the tidal rhythmicity of the eagle ray in the lab environment, which involved data analysis, report writing, the capturing of live rays, experimental design and practical installation of tank systems.

Cat Davis has prior experience in finfish farming research from her work at NIWA's aquaculture research facility in Bream Bay. At NIWA, Cat was an aquaculture technician, undertaking many practical fish rearing and research roles. Cat project managed rotifer production as a live feed for hapuku and kingfish larvae, coordinated the dry and wet pathology laboratory and performed daily fish husbandry tasks.

At Morphum Environmental, Cat is situated in the environmental science team where she is involved in watercourse assessments, water quality monitoring (e.g. Safeswim programme), coastal infrastructure, community engagement, water sensitive design (WSD), GIS and reporting. She has a comprehensive background covering aquaculture, marine ecology and fish biology. Additional roles that Cat fulfils at Morphum Environmental involve managing the laboratory and being a member of the water quality monitoring and Environmental Management System (EMS) teams.

Cat is passionate about promoting the sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment. Cat is a strong advocate for marine reserves, is a NZ Coastal Society member and is actively involved in NZAEE Seaweek each year. Cat has recently been involved in Revive our Gulf who are a working group for advocating and implementing green-lipped mussel restoration in the Hauraki Gulf.


  • Watercourse Assessment Method (WAM)

  • Coastal ecology and infrastructure

  • Water quality monitoring and sampling

  • Science education and public communication

  • Report writing

  • Water sensitive design (WSD)

  • GIS

  • Aquaculture

  • Intertidal and mudflat surveys

  • Marine mammal observation


Davis, C.L. The environmental cues that influence clock control of tidal movement in the New Zealand eagle ray (Myliobatis Tenuicaudatus). Thesis (MSc--Marine Sciences)--University of Auckland, 2012.

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