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Biological Sciences 

Postgraduate Research

The School of Science provides research and postgraduate study opportunities in biological sciences. This enables research students to acquire basic research skills and a knowledge of techniques, as well as training in specialist disciplines. All students will obtain a wide experience of practical and field research.

Some of the School of Science's recent (either in progress, submitted or completed) Masters and Doctoral level theses in biological sciences are listed here, along with links to the electronic copies of the theses where a student has completed and it is publicly available.

Jonathan Abell (PhD - In progress)

A study of the options to achieve water quality restoration goals in the Rotorua lakes
Supervisor/s
David Hamilton

Mathew Allan (PhD - In progress)

Near real-time water quality monitoring of large lakes using ocean colour satellites
Supervisor/s
Brendan Hicks

Muhammad Ashraf (PhD - Completed)

Enhancing Spatial Resolution of Remotely Sensed Data for Mapping Freshwater Environments
Supervisor/s
Brendan Hicks
David Hamilton

Brenda Baillie (PhD - Submitted)

The physical and biological function of wood in New Zealand's forested stream ecosystems
Supervisor/s
Brendan Hicks
Ian Hogg

Amanda Bean (PhD - Completed)

Anti-inflammatory properties of honey
Supervisor/s
Ray Cursons
Peter Molan

Marykate Zillah Black (PhD - Completed)

The kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) vine root system: responses to vine manipulations
Supervisor/s
Michael Clearwater

Eric Bottos (PhD - In progress)

Environmental factors influencing microbial community structure and function in Antarctic Dry Valley soils.
Supervisor/s
Craig Cary

Lucy Bridgman (PhD - Completed)

Interactions between ship rats and house mice
Supervisor/s
Kim King

Marie Brown (PhD - In progress)

Biodiversity offsets in New Zealand: scientific, legal and planning challenges
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Rebecca Bylsma (MSc - In progress)

Structure, composition and dynamics of pohutakawa forest, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Marie Dennis (MSc - Submitted)

The role of viral systems in nutrient cycling
Supervisor/s
David Hamilton

Johanna Duyvestyn (MSc - In progress)

The Function of VapC: Determining the mechanism and specificity of an RNase
Supervisor/s
Vic Arcus

Jackson Efford (MSc - In progress)

Effects of recent volcanic eruptions on the treeline vegetation of Mt Taranaki, New Zealand
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Rebecca Eivers (PhD - In progress)

Remediation measures to mitigate sediment and nutrient inputs from agricultural catchments to Waikato lakes
Supervisor/s
David Hamilton

Barry Greenfield (MSc - In progress)

The effects of oscillating flows on juvenile bivalve resuspension and dispersal in the water column
Supervisor/s
Conrad Pilditch

Alexander Hennebry (PhD - In progress)

Identifying the signalling pathway of a novel splice-variant of myostatin
Supervisor/s
Vic Arcus

Hannah Jones (PhD - Completed)

The ecological role of the suspension feeding bivalve, Austrovenus stutchburyi, in estuarine ecosystems
Supervisor/s
Conrad Pilditch
Karin Bryan

Tracey Jones (PhD - In progress)

Diversity and population genetic structure of lichens (Buellia frigida and Umbilicaria spp.) in the Ross Dependency, Antarctica
Supervisor/s
Ian Hogg

Tracey Jones (PhD - In progress)

Origins and Partner Choices of Antarctic Lichens
Supervisor/s
Craig Cary

Ariff Khalid (PhD - In progress)

Detection, isolation and characterization of novel hyperthermophilic nanoarchaea belonging to the putative archael phylum, "nanoarchaeota" from New Zealand hot springs
Supervisor/s
Hugh Morgan

Matt Knox ( - In progress)

Biodiversity and patterns of gene flow in benthic amphipods from the Chatham Rise, Challenger Plateau and Ross Sea
Supervisor/s
Conrad Pilditch

Matthew Knox (PhD - In progress)

Diversity and population connectivity of deep-sea and Antarctic amphipods
Supervisor/s
Ian Hogg

Ian Kusabs (PhD - In progress)

An Ecological Study of Koura in Te Arawa Lakes
Supervisor/s
David Hamilton

Emma Littlejohn (PhD - In progress)

Biochemistry and biology of Pin domain proteins in TB
Supervisor/s
Vic Arcus

Hilary Manikkathiagarajah (PhD - Completed)

The development and applications of a micro-gap perforated electrode flow through cell
Supervisor/s
Alan Langdon
Rob Torrens

Doug McCauley (MSc - In progress)

Charophyte response to herbicide and mycoherbicide technologies
Supervisor/s
Ian McDonald

Joanna McKenzie (PhD - Completed)

The Biochemistry of VapBC Toxin-Antitoxins
Supervisor/s
Vic Arcus
Ray Cursons

Kieran Miller (MSc - Completed)

Understory restoration in Hamilton urban forests
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Hadil Muhammad Alahdal (MSc - Completed)

Deriving bovine embryonic stem-like cells in defined conditions
Supervisor/s
David Musgrave

Kirsty Myron (MSc - In progress)

Pittosporum kirkii: autecology and conservation of an endemic epiphytic shrub
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Hazel Needham (PhD - Completed)

The context-specific roles of a bioturbating crab (Austrohelice crassa) on ecosystem functioning
Supervisor/s
Conrad Pilditch

Diahanna O'Callaghan (MSc - In progress)

Isolation & characterisation of bacterial secondary metabolites as potential wood preservatives
Supervisor/s
Ian McDonald

Syaliza Omar (PhD - In progress)

Identification of phenolic compounds in NZ beech honeydew honey and its property as iron chelator antioxidant
Supervisor/s
Peter Molan

Liz Overdyck (PhD - In progress)

Thresholds for sustainable regeneration in urban restoration plantings
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Michael Pingram (PhD - In progress)

Food webs in the lower Waikato River and the role of hydrogeomorphic complexity
Supervisor/s
David Hamilton

Kathryn Ross (PhD - In progress)

Resistance to black beetle (Heteronychus arator) in perennial ryegrass infected with AR1 endophyte
Supervisor/s
Peter Molan

Philip Maxwell Ross (PhD - Completed)

The genetic structure of New Zealand's coastal benthos: using the estuarine clam Austrovenus stutchburyi, to determine rates of gene flow and population connectivity
Supervisor/s
Conrad Pilditch
Ian Hogg

Alaine Ruthe (PhD - In progress)

The role of the toxin-antitoxin repertiore in pathogen survival and persistence
Supervisor/s
Vic Arcus

Kirsty Smith (PhD - In progress)

Population genetics of marine invasive species
Supervisor/s
Craig Cary

John Steemson (PhD - Completed)

Directed evolution and structural analysis of a OB-fold domain towards a specific binding reagent
Supervisor/s
Vic Arcus

Emma Summers (PhD - In progress)

The biochemistry and structural biology of Lsr2 from Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Supervisor/s
Ray Cursons

Grant Tempero (PhD - Submitted)

Specificity of Stressors Cross-Tolerance in Fish
Supervisor/s
Nicholas Ling

Else Verbeek (PhD - Completed)

The effects of food restriction on the perception of hunger, metabolic state and stress responsiveness in Sheep
Supervisor/s
Joseph Waas
Lance McLeay

Emily Weeks (PhD - In progress)

Intensive development of NZ's tussock grasslands: rates of change, assessment of vulnerability, and priorities for protection
Supervisor/s
Bruce Clarkson

Thomas Williams (MSc - Completed)

The Microflora of the Huhu Grub
Supervisor/s
Hugh Morgan

Ron Xavier (PhD - In progress)

Viable but non-culturable states in bacteria
Supervisor/s
Hugh Morgan

Parvaneh Zareie (MSc - Completed)

Honey as an antiviral agent against respiratory syncytial virus
Supervisor/s
Peter Molan