Expedition Team

2013 Expedition Team

Dr Tom Trnski

Research Manager and Curator Marine Biology

Auckland Museum

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Steve Hathaway

Underwater videographer

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The Previous 2011 Expedition Team

Led by Auckland Museum fish specialist Dr Tom Trnski, the expedition team includes scientists from Auckland Museum, Te Papa, the Department of Conservation (DoC), and NIWA.

An underwater photographer, scientific communicator and journalist, and a film-maker are also part of the 20-strong crew.

Dr Tom Trnski

Research Manager and Curator Marine Biology

Auckland Museum

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Alison Ballance

Our Changing World producer

Radio New Zealand

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Carl Struthers

Research & Technical Officer: Fishes

Te Papa

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Clinton Duffy

Clinton Duffy

Scientific Officer (Marine Species), Marine Conservation Team

Department of Conservation

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Ged Wiren

Collection Technician

Auckland Museum

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Dr Mandy Reid

Collection Manager, Malacology

Australian Museum

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Malcolm Francis

Principal Scientist

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Mark McGrouther

Fish Collection Manager

Australian Museum

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Peter J. de Lange

Threatened Plant Scientist

Department of Conservation

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Richard Robinson

Underwater Photographer/Photojournalist

Depth.co.nz

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Dr Stephen Keable

Collection Manager, Marine Invertebrates

Australian Museum

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Stephen R Ullrich

Contract Diver

Auckland Museum

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Vincent Zintzen

Researcher

Te Papa

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Warren Chinn

Invertebrate Ecologist

Department of Conservation

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What we hope to find out

The expedition team want to know what species occur on the Kermadec islands. The answer to this fundamental question will allow them to answer other questions:

  • Which nearby islands have the same species?
  • For which species are the Kermadecs a stepping stone on to New Zealand?
  • Are populations isolated from, or connected to other populations at surrounding islands?

Their mission is to:

  1. Discover and document new marine species and new records of marine species.
  2. Document the marine biodiversity of the Kermadec Islands focussing on marine plants and animals within 200m of the surface, and on species occuring to 1,000m.
  3. Determine the source of the closest relatives of the Kermadec populations.
  4. Provide a baseline record of species diversity against which to monitor changes over time. This will be important to track changes in species composition possibly resulting from global warming changes to regional water temperatures and currents.

Wish them luck!

An intrepid journey of this nature is weather dependent. Visiting the smaller islands will be difficult if the sea conditions are too rough. There is nowhere to hide if the wind is strong or the swell is large. Let’s hope for calm weather.