Dr Steve Bird

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Senior Lecturer (Biological Sciences)

Research Supervised


  • Patty, Olivia (in progress). Streptococcus equi subsp. equi and subsp. zooepidemicus in New Zealand horses.
  • Evans, Steve (2019). Charcterising the pharmacodynamic dose response of three selenium compounds in cancer patients.

MSc (Research)

  • Koverman, Ryan (2019). Reproductive biology of yellowbelly flounder Rhombosolea leporina (Günther, 1862) and Rhombosolea spp.
  • Jeffries, Kent (2019). Assessment of key reproductive markers after hormonal induction of spawning, using gonadotrophin-releasing hormone in female yellow belly flounder (Rhombosolea leporine).
  • Grout, Emily (2018). Investigating molecular approaches for detection of pathogens in horses.
  • Gibbons, Olivia (2016). Antimicrobial peptides in jawed and jawless vertebrates.
  • Broomfield, Grant (2015). Molecular characterisation of immune genes in yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi).
  • Elliott, Nick (2015). Molecular characterisation of sex differentiation of yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi.


  • Ahmadi, Ramtin (2014). Characterising eating behaviour genes in zebrafish (Danio rerio).

Recent Publications

  • Evans, S. O., Jacobson, G. M., Goodman, H. J. B., Bird, S., & Jameson, M. B. (2020). Comparison of three oral selenium compounds in cancer patients: Evaluation of differential pharmacodynamic effects in normal and malignant cells. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 58. doi:10.1016/j.jtemb.2019.126446

  • O'Donnell, S., Beaven, C., Jacobson, G., Bird, S., & Driller, M. (2019). Melatonin and sleep responses following exercise in elite female athletes. New Zealand Journal of Sport and Exercise Science, 2(1), 23-33. Open Access version:

  • Jacobson, G. M., Voss, L. J., Klockars, A., Bird, S., Dimitrov, I., Denny, W. A., . . . Harvey, M. G. (2019). Transcriptional changes in response to ketamine ester-analogs SN 35210 and SN 35563 in the rat brain. BMC Genomics, 20(1), 10 pages. doi:10.1186/s12864-019-5649-6 Open Access version:

  • de Oliveira, G., Bertone, E., Stewart, R., Awad, J., Holland, A., O’Halloran, K., & Bird, S. (2018). Multi-Parameter Compensation Method for Accurate In Situ Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter Monitoring and Properties Characterization. Water, 10(9), 1146. doi:10.3390/w10091146

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Contact Details

Room: C.2.01C
Phone: +64 7 838 4723