Anne Vignier

Anne Vignier (Rolton)

Scientist, Algal and Shellfish health

Role at Cawthron

Anne is a Scientist with the Aquaculture group at Cawthron and is involved in a number of stress and health related projects across the ‘Shellfish Aquaculture’ and ‘Aquatic Health’ programmes. These programmes support the New Zeland Aquaculture industry.

Her work involves:

  • Developing tools to measure shellfish and algal health
  • Evaluation of biotic and abiotic stressors on bivalve reproduction and health- focussing on Bonamia, OsHV-1 and DEV
  • Characterisation of shellfish hemolymph using flow cytometry and microscopy
  • Routine monitoring of shellfish health at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park and shellfish mortality investigations.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Effects of biotic and abiotic stressors on shellfish reproduction and health; especially early life stages.
  • Flow cytometry of shellfish gametes and blood and, commercial and harmful algal species.
  • Histopathology of marine bivalves.
  • Image analysis of marine bivalves.
  • Biotoxin ELISAs.
  • Live-feeds production.


  • PhD (Marine Biology), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (Brest), France/ Florida Gulf Coast University, USA, 2015
  • MSc (Aquatic Pathobiology), University of Stirling, Scotland, 2009
  • BSc (Marine Biology), Newcastle University, UK, 2007



Anne Vignier