Regina Eisert

Regina 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eisert R. (2016) What do seals want for Christmas? In Priestley R (Ed.), Dispatches from Continent Seven: An anthology of Antarctic science: 381-387. Wellington: Awa Press.
  • Eisert R., Sharp BR. and Currey R. (2016) Antarctic Top Predator Research and the Proposed Ross Sea Marine Protected Area. Wellington: New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Annual Conference, 4-7 Jul 2016.

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.