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Dave graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Science (Biological Sciences) in 2018, and joined Morphum Environmental in 2019. He has experience in undertaking a wide range of projects in different ecological settings. His Masters thesis focused on the impacts of an invasive seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida) on native green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) and associated marine fauna and flora on mussel reefs. Dave has primarily worked on rocky shore and soft bottom intertidal marine ecology, but has also worked on projects involving whitebait spawning, bird feeding behaviour, and invasive insect dispersal patterns. During his studies he has been heavily involved with the UC Marine Ecology Research Group and SCION (New Zealand Forest Research Institute). At Morphum Dave is involved in field work, data analysis, and reporting for a range of environmental projects including Watercourse Assessment Reports, Ecological Impact Assessments and Stream Ecological Valuations.

Outside of work and studies, Dave has a passion for the outdoors and New Zealand’s natural environment. He enjoys hiking, white water kayaking, sailing, and fishing.

Specialisations

  • Marine and Coastal Ecology

  • Invasion Ecology

  • Ecological field operations and research

  • Report writing

  • Science communication

  • Stakeholder engagement