Joel Bowater

Joel Bowater

Senior Algal Biotechnologist

Role at Cawthron

Working on the algal component of the Algae and Bioactives group, Joel is focused on implementing solutions for large scale culture of a wide variety of algae in order to produce high value, novel bioactive compounds for commercial and scientific applications. Joel is experienced in commissioning, validation and optimization of sophisticated equipment to support the ongoing research of the group. Joel leverages his project management skills alongside his extensive scientific experience to strengthen the bioactive value chain from conception to pilot scale production.

Technical skills, experience and interests

Leadership and project management of R&D programmes
• Development of culture techniques for economically important algal species
• Pilot plant operation
• Procurement of pilot scale equipment for the production of bioactives from microalgae
• Use of sophisticated algal cultivation systems
• Quality systems and method development
• Stakeholder management


BSc Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2011
Graduate diploma in Management, Project Management, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand, 2020


Joel Bowater