Professor Ian Hawes


Qualifications: PhD

Research Interests

Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems

NZ Lakes

Research Supervised


  • Biessy, Laura (in progress). Elucidating the source and transmission of tetrodotoxin in New Zealand bivalves.
  • Picard, Mailys (in progress). Assessing the impact of invasive fish species on lake communities using sedimentary environmental DNA.
  • Skovsholt, Louis (in progress). Eutrophication effects on stream macrophytes.
  • Thang, Ha Nam (in progress). Remote Sensing of Dynamics and Blue Carbon Storage of Seagrass in Tauranga Harbour (Bay of Plenty), New Zealand.
  • Maeztu, Inigo Zabarte (in progress). Sediment-effect Thresholds for the Seagrass Zostera Muelleri in New Zealand


  • McKenzie, Kyle (in progress). Macroinvertebate communities in coastal habitats in the Ross Sea , Antarctica.
  • Mills, Francesca (in progress). Resilience of microbial communities in Antarctic coastal ponds.
  • Reed, Lisa (in progress). Relationships between optical properities of lakes and their cyanobacterial populations.
  • Wilson, Nicholas (in progress). Dynamics of nitrate and sediment in lowland Bay of PLenty rivers.


  • Samra, Aliesha (in progress). Comparing light harvesting efficiency at high and low light in seagrasses in Tauranga Harbour.

Teaching Commitments


Biology; Oceanography

Geobiology, microbial ecology, plant physiology, limnology.

Recent Publications

  • Zabarte-Maeztu, I., Matheson, F. E., Manley-Harris, M., Davies-Colley, R. J., Oliver, M., & Hawes, I. (2020). Effects of fine sediment on seagrass meadows: A case study of Zostera muelleri in pāuatahanui inlet, New Zealand. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8(9), 20 pages. doi:10.3390/JMSE8090645

  • Dillon, M. L., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A. D., Mackey, T. J., Eisen, J. A., Doran, P. T., & Sumner, D. Y. (2020). Energetic and Environmental Constraints on the Community Structure of Benthic Microbial Mats in Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 96(2). doi:10.1093/femsec/fiz207

  • Grettenberger, C. L., Sumner, D. Y., Wall, K., Brown, C. T., Eisen, J. A., Mackey, T. J., . . . Jungblut, A. D. (2020). A phylogenetically novel cyanobacterium most closely related to Gloeobacter. ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/s41396-020-0668-5

  • Dillon, M. L., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A. D., MacKey, T. J., Eisen, J. A., Doran, P. T., & Sumner, D. Y. (2020). Environmental control on the distribution of metabolic strategies of benthic microbial mats in Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. PLoS ONE, 15(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0231053

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Contact Details

Phone: +64 7 5785927
Cellphone: +64 21 02281494