Regina Eisert

LecturerRegina Eisert

Julius von Haast Level 7
Internal Phone: 92060

Research Interests

Dr Regina Eisert is a comparative mammalian physiologist and completed a PhD on Antarctic seals at Lincoln University before working on at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for several years. Dr Regina Eisert joined Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury in 2013 to set up a and lead a new research programme on Antarctic top predators that can address critical knowledge gaps for the Ross Sea ecosystem. She has participated in six Antarctic expeditions, five in a leading capacity, and studies charismatic megafauna including Weddell seals and killer whales.

Recent Publications

  • McDonald E. and Eisert R. (2018) Counterintuitive evidence in sexual and family violence cases. Second Review of the Evidence Act 2006 | Te Arotake Tuarua i te Evidence Act 2006: 184-193.The Law Commission | Te Aka Matua o te Ture.
  • Eisert R., Goetz K., Horton T., Lundquist D., Lyver P., Parker S., Rayment W., Stockin K. and Visser I. (2017) Top Predators and Research & Monitoring of the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area. Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference, 26-28 Jun 2017.
  • Eisert R., Oftedal O., Sharp BR., Wright AJ. and Visser IN. (2017) The price of piscivory: Body size vs. dietary specialisation in Antarctic killer whales (Orcinus orca).. Christchurch: New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conferenc, 4 Jul 2018-6 Jul 2017.
  • (2016) Increases in Adélie penguins in the Ross Sea: Could the fishery for Antarctic toothfish be responsible? Ecological Modelling 337: 262-271.
  • Eisert R. (2016) Proposed Framework for a National Polar Research Centre in Christchurch. An analysis commissioned by the Christchurch Antarctic Office. 41 pp..Commissioned by The Antarctic Office.

The first New Zealander to be honoured by Pew with a Marine Conservation Fellowship, Dr Eisert works in UC’s Gateway Antarctica Centre, where she studies marine mammals, nutritional ecology, and mammalian physiology.