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Coastal Marine Group (CMG)


The Coastal Marine Group research activities are centred on estuarine, surf-zone and inner shelf environments. We have a diverse range of interests that are linked together across the group through common Doctoral and Master student projects and multi-investigator/cross-institutional projects. We have a large group of students across two campuses, which provides us with the ability to foster a vibrant research environment, with weekly lab meetings, specialist seminar series, and joint field campaigns.

We pride ourselves on our links with our region, and our ability to provide useful science and useful graduates to our regional authorities (principally Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils) along with the ports (principally Port of Tauranga), and our ability to work effectively with colleagues with joint scientific interests in the region such as NIWA, Bay of Plenty Polytech and Cawthron. We maintain our position as a national science leader in coastal marine through prolific publication of our work, and international connections with top overseas institutions such as Bremen University in Germany foster through an active exchange program with students, post-doctoral fellowships and staff. Our flagship exchange programme, is the international doctoral training programme INTERCOAST.

Areas of specialisation

  • Estuarine and Coastal Ecology
  • Numerical modelling of coastal dynamics
  • Blue Biotechnology, Bioproducts
  • Ecotoxicology and Marine Animal Health
  • Marine Microbiology
  • Aquaculture
  • Sediment movement and sediment stability in coastal environments
  • Coastal waves, mixing, turbulence and currents
  • Morphology, seabed and shoreline mapping through optical and acoustic techniques and inlet stability
  • Coastal hazards.

Our Research Connections

The Coastal Marine Group has strong links with NIWA, port companies, the Department of Conservation and the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional councils. In particular, the group has received substantial funding from the Port of Tauranga to investigate dredging issues/marina establishment, and regional councils and NIWA have funded researchers for coastal-related research including erosion issues and flooding hazard work. Between 2000 and 2010, the Coastal Marine Group attracted more than $2.5 million in research funding.

The Coastal Marine Group also works closely with the University of Bremen in Germany through the international research training group INTERCOAST - Intergrated Coastal Zone and Shelf-Sea Research.

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