Emily McGrath

Emily McGrath

Marine Ecologist

Role at Cawthron

Emily is a Marine Ecologist in the Environment & Aquaculture Interactions team at Cawthron. Emily has extensive experience leading research and monitoring projects both in New Zealand and abroad. Her work at Cawthron primarily focuses on assessing the impact of human activities on the marine environment, with a focus on seabed communities. This includes marine monitoring, assessing the environmental impacts of aquaculture and site scoping for future aquaculture locations.

Technical skills

  • Benthic surveys
  • Habitat mapping
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Site selection for aquaculture
  • Marine environmental effects monitoring
  • Sediment effects on benthic taxa and ecosystem function


  • PhD Marine Biology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2017

  • MSc Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University, USA, 2012

  • BSc Biology, Ursinus College, USA 2007

Emily McGrath