Shaun Ogilvie has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Canterbury and is the Director of Eco Research Associates Ltd, a private environmental research company. He is also the Māori Business Development Consultant for the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, and a contractor to other organisations, including Lincoln University and The Environmental Protection Authority.
Shaun is the principal investigator on several Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga research projects:
- Mātauranga Māori of naturally occurring toxins in native plants
- Commercial feasibility of using mātauranga Maori-based fish traps to eliminate bycatch
- Tetrodotoxin in kaimoana: Science and mātauranga mitigating health risks from a lethal neurotoxin.
Shaun was previously Associate Professor of Wildlife Management at Lincoln University, and Tumuaki of the Kaupapa Māori Unit of Lincoln’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty. Before this, he was the Principal Scientist – Māori Research at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Christchurch. He was also a Scientist at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Shaun has extensive experience of environmental research with Māori communities and his research interests include the development of techniques for the management of animal pests. To watch a presentation by Shaun on his research, click here
Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence Scoping projectProject commenced:
Over the past 60 years, the water quality has declined in many large NZ lakes, including Rotorua, Pupuke, Rotoehu, Rotoiti, Tutira and Horowhenua in the North Island, and Lakes Ellesmere (Te Waihora) and Forsyth (Wairewa) in the South Island (Rowe 2004). All of these lakes are important taonga to tangata whenua, and have served as pataka kai for many generations. These lakes have become turbid and are periodically affected by harmful algal blooms. Drinking water supplies have been reduced, culturally-significant fisheries have deteriorated, with koura and kākahi being two pertinent examples.