Grant Hopkins

Grant Hopkins

Coastal Ecosystems Team Leader

Role at Cawthron

Grant is a senior scientist and co-leads the Coastal Ecosystems team at Cawthron Institute. His research interests are focused on vessel-hull fouling, in particular the biosecurity risks posed by slow-moving vessels and oil rigs. Grant has extensive experience in monitoring the effects of marine farming activities on seabed and water column environments. In these fields, Grant has authored more than 70 publications and consultancy reports.

Technical skills, experience and interests

• Determination and management of biosecurity risks posed by vessels and structures associated with the oil and gas industry
• Biosecurity inspections on semi-submersible and jack-up rigs
• Development of methods to mitigate risks posed following defouling of pest species in the marine environment
• Recipient of Environmental Award in 2007 by the New Zealand Marine Farming Association for his contribution to developing monitoring programmes for marine farms


PhD (Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington, 2010
MSc (with Distinction, Marine Science). University of Otago, 2002
BSc (Zoology). University of Otago, 1998
Cert (Marine Studies). Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, 1995

Grant Hopkins