June 22, 2020

It's a strange world out there at the moment! We're pretty lucky here in New Zealand and have opened up to more or less 'normal' life. However for those of us who aren't citizens or residents it's a strange time to be here. We're safe, but if we leave to see overseas f...

January 30, 2018

One of the interesting (and weird) things about there not being many people studying stingrays, especially in a small country like New Zealand, is that when something happens and the media want someone to talk to, I get contacted!

This is pretty surreal!

First was this o...

January 31, 2017

Excitement this past long weekend as Chief Supervisor of the Stingray Project at the University of Waikato, Prof. Chris got a bit of a shock whilst on a recreational dive for scallops.

An actual electric shock, as he'd stumbled across a New Zealand Torpedo ray Tetronarc...

November 15, 2016

I just returned from a quick trip home before the field season begins  and while I was there managed to fit in attending the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA) conference in Bristol, run by The Shark Trust.

Conferences are great for sharing research, catching...

July 12, 2016

So as part of the PhD that I'm working on, and linked in to a masters student that is studying bronze whaler sharks we've put together the APEX PREDATOR PROJECT as a centre for shark and ray research based at our field station. As I'm webmaster/blogger for that too I'v...

June 9, 2016

Helen and the Stingray project have just been featured in the Waikato University newsletter, Horizons Magazine.

The article is below, but to read about other research happening in the University, including some by one of Helen's Supervisors, Dr Phil Ross heres the link...

September 1, 2015

This is a blog post stolen in subject (although totally different in content) from Samm Sherman, a fellow new Stingray PhD student from James Cook University that I met whilst at a conference in August this year. If you want to follow Samm and her progress (and you sho...

August 10, 2015

The elasmobranch (Shark and Ray) team had a bit of an outing this past weekend, Mel, Dave and I took one of the Uni boats up the harbour for a bit of a reconnaissance mission checking out locations for our receivers.


Here we are, on the first of many outings...

August 7, 2015

I did it!


After over a year of planning, writing, rewriting, applying and waiting I've finally started this thing! 


Based at the Waikato University Coastal Marine Field station in Tauranga New Zealand, I'll be studying the ecology of the Batoid elasmobranchs (rays) in...

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