Dr Hazel R Needham


Research Supervised


Drylie, Tarn (in progress). The effects of low level disturbances on coastal soft sediment biodiversity and ecosystem function. (Primary Supervisor Prof Conrad Pilditch).

Flowers, Georgina (in progress). Examining environmental drivers of benthic primary production/sedimnt nutrient processing capacity in key habitats and responses changing light availability. (Primary Supervisor Prof Conrad Pilditch).

MSc (Research)

Squires, Kit (in progress). Investigating changes in ecosystem functioning along a eutrophication gradient: A study of Waihī Estuary.

Ferries, Michal (in progress). The use of seagrass (Zostera muelleri) habitat by the Canada goose (Branta Canadensis) in Waikato estuaries.

Teaching Commitments


Coastal Sciences; Ecology; Environmental Impacts; Marine

Recent Publications

  • Drylie, T. P., Pilditch, C., Needham, H. R., Hartland, A., & Lohrer, D. M. (2019). Calcium carbonate alters the functional resilience of coastal sediments to eutrophication-induced acidification. In 12th Annual New Zealand Ocean Acidification Community Workshop. Conference held at Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.

  • Needham, H. R., Pilditch, C. A., & Green, M. O. (2018). Density dependent effects of a deposit-feeding tellinid bivalve on sediment stability along a wave exposure gradient. In ECSA 57 conference: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems – Diverse threats and opportunities. Conference held at Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, Australia.

  • Drylie, T. P., Pilditch, C. A., Needham, H. R., Lohrer, A. M., & Hartland, A. (2018). Does calcium carbonate alter the functional resilience of coastal sediments to eutrophication-induced acidification?. In NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference: Weaving The Strands. Conference held at Napier Conference Centre, Napier, New Zealand.

  • Drylie, T. P., Lohrer, A. M., Needham, H. R., Bulmer, R. H., & Pilditch, C. A. (2018). Benthic primary production in emerged intertidal habitats provides resilience to high water column turbidity. Journal of Sea Research, 142, 101-112. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2018.09.015

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Contact Details

Room: E.1.09
Phone: +64 7 838 4383