Biological Sciences contacts

School of Biological Sciences Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora

University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 369 5200

Advisors and Coordinators

Pieter Pelser

Undergraduate Advisor
Julius von Haast 530
Internal Phone: 95228

Ashley Garrill

Biochemistry Advisor
Julius von Haast 634
Internal Phone: 95173

Elissa Cameron

4th year + MSc Part 1 Coordinator
Julius von Haast Rm 234
Internal Phone: 95596

Daniel Stouffer

MSc Part 2 Postgraduate Coordinator
Julius von Haast 518
Internal Phone: 92880

Hazel Chapman

PhD Postgraduate Coordinator
Julius von Haast 335
Internal Phone: 95140

Anna Chapman

Advisor
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 114
Internal Phone: 94117

Administrators

Lyn de Groot

School Administrator
Julius von Haast 220
Internal Phone: 95485

Nicki Judson

Administrative Assistant
Julius von Haast2 219
Internal Phone: 95078

Briony Gordon

Administrative Assistant
Internal Phone: 91141

Head of School

Matthew Turnbull

Head of School
Professor in Plant Physiological Ecology
Julius von Haast 222
Internal Phone: 95153

Elissa Cameron

Deputy Head of School
Professor in Animal Behaviour
Julius von Haast Rm 234
Internal Phone: 95596

Academic Staff

Jim Briskie

Professor
Behavioural Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Behavioural ecology
- Biology of birds
- Sexual selection & evolution
- Conservation

Elissa Cameron

Professor
Animal Behaviour
Fields of Research:
- Social behaviour
- Ecophysiology
- Sex allocation
- Parental behaviour
- Conservation ...

Hazel Chapman

Associate Professor
Evolutionary Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Tropical plant-animal mutualisms
- Primate ecology
- Plant breeding systems
- Evolution of ...

Ian Dickie

Professor
Microbial Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Invasive species
- Mycorrhizal ecology
- Ecosystem mycology
- Molecular ecology
- Plant-soil ...

Renwick Dobson

Professor
Biochemistry
Fields of Research:
- Enzymology
- Enzyme evolution and Enzyme design
- Structural biology
- Biophysics

Sarah Flanagan

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- sexual selection
- population genetics
- genomics
- quantitative genetics
- complex trait ...

Ashley Garrill

Associate Professor
Biochemistry
Fields of Research:
- Invasive growth of pathogenic microorganisms (fungi and oomycetes)
- Turgor ...

Steven Gieseg

Associate Professor
Free Radical Biochemistry
Fields of Research:
- Inflammatory basis of atherosclerosis, Heart Disease and Stroke
- X-ray Spectral Medical ...

Jon Harding

Retired July 2021
Stream Biology
Fields of Research:
- Aquatic entomology
- Biomonitoring
- Freshwater biology
- Land use impact effects on stream ...

Jack Heinemann

Professor
Genetics
Fields of Research:
- Microbial genetics and evolution
- Horizontal gene transfer
- Risk assessment especially of ...

Paula Jameson

Plant Biology
Fields of Research:
- Control of flowering and perenniality
- Developmental plant physiology
- Plant hormone ...

Dave Kelly

Professor
Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Biological control
- Conservation
- Ecology
- Mistletoe reproductive ecology
- Plant ...

David Leung

Associate Professor
Biotechnology
Fields of Research:
- Applications of plant tissue culture, e.g., micropropagation
- wood formation in tissue ...

Angus McIntosh

Professor
Freshwater Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Freshwater ecosystems, including streams, wetlands and lakes
- Freshwater fish
- Food web ...

Dr Claudia Meisrimler

Lecturer
Plant Molecular Biology
Fields of Research:
- Plant-microbe interactions
- Plant abiotic stress
- Climate change
- Effector ...

Vanessa Morris

Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Structural biology
- Biophysics
- Protein structure and interactions
- Amyloid fibrils and ...

Ximena Nelson

Professor
Animal Behaviour
Fields of Research:
- Jumping spider behaviour
- Neural basis of information processing. Neuroethology of ...

Dr Amy Osborne

Senior Lecturer
Genomics
Fields of Research:
- Environmental epigenetics
- DNA methylation
- Genome regulation
- Developmental origins of ...

Pieter Pelser

Associate Professor
Plant systematics & Director of UC Herbarium
Fields of Research:
- Plant systematics
- Studying and documenting plant diversity
- Plant taxonomy
- Conservation ...

Grant Pearce

Senior Lecturer
Fields of Research:
- Enzyme kinetics and inhibition
- Protein chemistry
- Protein ...

John Pirker

Lecturer in Biological Sciences and Indigenous Knowledge
Fields of Research:
- Marine ecology
- Aquaculture
- Marine algae
- Mātauranga Māori

Essie Rodgers

Lecturer
Animal Physiology
Fields of Research:
- Conservation physiology
- Comparative Physiology
- Meta-analytic Physiology
- Diving ...

David Schiel

Distinguished Professor
Marine Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Aquaculture
- Larval fish ecology
- Marine intertidal and subtidal ecology
- Earthquake research

Tammy Steeves

Associate Professor
Conservation Genetics
Fields of Research:
- Conservation genetics
- Conservation genomics
- Population genetics, phylogeography, ...

Matthew Stott

Associate Professor
Microbiology
Fields of Research:
- geomicrobiology
- extremophiles
- microbial ecology
- microbial cultivation
- microbial ...

Daniel Stouffer

Associate Professor
Complex Systems Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Quantitative community ecology

Mads Thomsen

Senior Lecturer
Marine Biology
Fields of Research:
- Climate changes in marine ecosystems
- Impact of marine invaders
- Meta-analysis and ...

Jonathan Tonkin

Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow
Population and Community Ecology
Research Interests:
For more details, please see https://tonkinlab.org

Matthew Turnbull

Head of School
Professor in Plant Physiological Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Ecophysiology of resource acquisition in natural and managed ecosystems
- Forest ...

Jason Tylianakis

Professor
Terrestrial Ecology
Fields of Research:
- Conservation on managed land
- Ecological aspects of biological control
- Ecological processes ...

Contract Teaching Staff

Technical Staff

Rennie Bishop

Technician
Field & Marine Services, Aquarium, 1st Floor Lab Manager
Julius von Haast 726
Internal Phone: 95595

David Conder

Glasshouse Complex Manager
Glasshouses, Vehicles
von Haast Glasshouse
Internal Phone: 95141

John Davis

Technician
Network Administrator
Ernest Rutherford 322
Internal Phone: 94080

Tom Davison

Technician
Internal Phone: 92159

Kim Doherty

Technician
Terrestrial Ecology
Julius von Haast 318
Internal Phone: 95202

Thomas Evans

Technician
Genetics, 5th floor Lab Manager
Julius von Haast 517
Internal Phone: 95147

Claire Galilee

Technician
Molecular Genetics, DNA sequencer
Julius von Haast 517
Internal Phone: 95149

Craig Galilee

Technician
Microbiology, 4th floor Lab Manager
Julius von Haast 417
Internal Phone: 95150

Reijel Gardiner

Technician
Plant Morphology, Microscopy, Taxonomy, Phycology, Animal Collections
Julius von Haast 508
Internal Phone: 95172

Jonathan Hill

Technician
Animal Physiology, 2nd Floor Lab Manager (Physiology) Putaio koiora & 4th floor RSIC
Julius von Haast 231
Internal Phone: 95178

Brigitta Kurenbach

Biochemistry Technician
Molecular Biology
Julius von Haast 536
Internal Phone: 95183

Angela Van Diepen

Technician
Purchasing
Julius von Haast 215
Internal Phone: 92103

Nicole Lauren-Manuera

Technician
Technical Manager, Compliance Officer, Finance
Julius von Haast 215
Internal Phone: 95160

Aynsley Macnab

Technician
Laboratory Coordinator
Internal Phone: 94741

Jan McKenzie

Technician
Marine Ecology, Microscopy, 2nd Floor Lab Manager (Marine)
Julius von Haast 231
Internal Phone: 95187

Katrina Melief

Technical Assistant
Central Washing Area, Autoclave
Internal Phone: 95188

Linda Morris

Technician
Tech. Teaching Coordinator Freshwater Ecol. & Cell Biol., 3rd Floor Lab Manager Putaio koiora & RSIC
Julius von Haast 318
Internal Phone: 95196

Carl Sheppard

Technician
Workshop
Julius von Haast
Internal Phone: 91204

Matt Walters

Technician
Science Communication, Digital Imaging, Outreach
Julius von Haast 432
Internal Phone: 95211

Alan Woods

Technician
Electrical and Electronics
Julius von Haast 132
Internal Phone: 95223

Postdoctoral Fellows

Warwick Allen

Post Doctoral Fellow
Internal Phone: 92626

Zach Marion

Post Doctoral Fellow
Community Ecologist
Internal Phone: 90265

Research Staff

Fiona Cross

Animal Cognition
Internal Phone: 95142

Shawn Gerrity

Research Assistant: Tissue Culture Research on Eucalyptus Bosistoana
Marine Ecology Research Group
Internal Phone: 95174

Laurie Greenfield

Adjunct Associate Professor
Research Associate
Microbiology

Mike Hickford

Research Assistant - How did the warmest summer on record affect estuarine and rocky shore communities?
Marine Ecology
Julius von Haast 345
Internal Phone: 95177

Islay Marsden

Marine Biology
Julius von Haast 232
Internal Phone: 95185

Daniela Remus

Biochemistry
Internal Phone: 92298

Helen Warburton

Lecturer (Teaching and Administration Only)
Freshwater Ecology
Julius von Haast Rm 331
Internal Phone: 95212

Josephine Ward

Research Associate
Plant Taxonomy and Evolution

Callaghan Innovation Staff

Andrew Muscroft-Taylor

Team Leader, Principal Research Scientist
Julius von Haast 626
Internal Phone: 95197

Dion Thompson

Research Scientist
Julius von Haast2 616
Internal Phone: 95207

Adjunct Staff

Julie Barcelona

Adjunct Fellow
Von Haast 433A

Paul Broady

Adjunct Senior Fellow
Julius von Haast 418
Internal Phone: 95311

Eckehard Brockerhoff

Adjunct Associate Professor

John Clemens

Adjunct Associate Professor

Manpreet Dhami

Senior Fellow

Juliet Ann Gerrard

Adjunct Professor
Biochemistry

Richard Holdaway

Adjunct Professor
Julius von Haast 422
Phone: +643367073
Internal Phone: 7073

Clive Howard-Williams

Adjunct Professor

Simon Pollard

Adjunct Professor
Science Communication

Mitja Remus-Emsermann

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Dr Esme Robinson

Adjunct Fellow

Leigh Tait

Adjunct Senior Fellow

David Wardle

Adjunct Professor

David Whitehead

Adjunct Professor

Debra Wotton

Ecology
Adjunct Fellow

Emeritus Professors

Brian Butterfield

Emeritus Professor
Forest Biotechnology
Internal Phone: 95139

Bill Davison

Emeritus Professor
Fish Physiology
Julius von Haast 228
Internal Phone: 95170

Jon Harding

Emeritus Professor
Freshwater Ecology
Biology 333
Internal Phone: 95135

Paula Jameson

Emerita Professor
Plant Biology
Julius von Haast 531
Internal Phone: 95181

Islay Marsden

Emerita Professor
Marine Biology
Julius von Haast 232
Internal Phone: 95185

Michael Winterbourn

Emeritus Professor
Freshwater Ecology
Zoology Z531
Internal Phone: 95221

Visiting Fellows