Centre for EcoLogical Technology Solutions 

Research Leader

Aisling O'Sullivan

Associate Professor
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Rm E443
Internal Phone: 92045

Our research group is a diverse bunch and our research is conducted in partnership with councils, Iwi and industry. If you would like to join our dynamic team, applications are welcome all year around but please refer to Criteria for Research Candidates information before contacting Prof. O’Sullivan.

Current Team

Biofabrication of Sustainable Materials for Clean Water Technologies

Benoit Guieysse

Professor
School of Food and Advanced Technology, Massey University

David Barker

Professor
Faculty of Science, Auckland University

Hossein Najaf Zadeh

Post Doctoral Fellow
Internal Phone: 90759

Rupert Craggs

Principal Scientist
NIWA's Aquatic Pollution Mitigation Group, Hamilton

Craig Pauling

Strategic Advisor
Ngāi Tahu, Tairea Ltd

Ricardo Bello-Mendoza

Senior Lecturer
Humanitarian Engineering (Co-director)
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E429
Internal Phone: 92043

James J Stone

Professor
Head of Department
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT), USA

Kim L Pickering

Professor
Associate Dean Research
Environmental Research Institute, The University of Waikato

Ria Chapman

MBIE Programme Manager
Internal Phone: 90403

Mehrnoush Tangetani

Postdoctoral Fellow
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering, E320
Internal Phone: 91528

Stormwater Treatment Technologies

Tom Cochrane

Professor
On sabbatical June-Dec 2021
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E407
Internal Phone: 95074

Mike Hannah

Co-founder, Managing Director and Technical Engineer
Stormwater360

Frances Charters

Senior Lecturer
Parental leave 2021
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering E307
Internal Phone: 94632
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Fish Passage and Built Barriers

Tonny de Vries

Senior Lecturer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E431
Internal Phone: 95963

Sjaan Bowie

Technical Advisor (Freshwater)
Department of Conservation

Green Roofs

Tonny de Vries

Senior Lecturer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E431
Internal Phone: 95963

Mike Hannah

Co-founder, Managing Director and Technical Engineer
Stormwater360

Matthew Vining

Environmental & Ecological Engineering Student
Purdue University, USA

Engineering Education

Billy O'Steen

Associate Professor
Rehua 406
Internal Phone: 92093

William Vidal

Practitioner, PhD

PhD candidates

Honor Eimi Columbus

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Life-Cycle Assessment of Clean Water Technologies

Stephanie Patchett

PhD Candidate
Assessing Performance of Fish Passage Design for New Zealand Native Fish Species

Jéssika Souza de Carvalho

PhD Candidate
Quantifying the design life and environmental impacts of downpipe treatment systems for removing dissolved metals from roof runoff

Forrest Bilek

PhD Candidate
Research Title: Performance variability in stormwater treatment systems

Diana Ospina

PhD Candidate
Proposed Topic: Floating Treatment Wetlands (starting July 2022)

Masters candidates

Rachel Skews

Master's Candidate
Mechanisms of Dissolved Zn and Cu Retention by Waste Seashells in a Downpipe Stormwater Filtration System

Anna Nilsson

Master's Candidate
Anaerobic Pond Treatment of Pig Farm Effluent in New Zealand: Exploring Opportunities for Enhanced Performance

Stephanie Koviessen

Master's Candidate
Waste Seashells as an Engineered Substrate in Green Roof Systems

Honours Candidates

Ariana Wilks

BE(Hons), Natural Resources
Life-Cycle Assessment Impact Modelling of stormwater downpipe treatment systems

Josefien Van Dael

BE(Hons), Natural Resources
Life-Cycle Assessment Impact Modelling of stormwater downpipe treatment systems

Funded PhD Opportunities on Clean Water Technologies

Click here to see the full detail

 Research Assistants

Afrooz Bayat

Research Assistant
Treating Diffuse Nutrients Using Waste Seashells

Banon Hopman

Research Assistant
Product Development of the Storminator™

Matthew Vining

Research Assistant
Living Roofs to Treat Adjacent Roof Runoff Using Waste Media Substrates

Turin Li

Research Assistant
Characterising the Adsorption Kinetics of 3D-printed Biomaterials

Summer Research Students 2021/2022 on the Clean Water Technology research project

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