Malcolm Smeaton, Oceanographer

Malcolm Smeaton


Role at Cawthron

Malcolm is part of the the coastal and freshwater group and has expertise in physical oceanography and mathematics. He specialises in developing and using mathematical models to describe the ocean environment. These models can be used to predict changes to the ocean from activities such as aquaculture, energy generation, or coastal engineering. Alternatively, they can be used to look at the behaviour of something external added to the ocean such as man-made structures, pollution spills or invasive species. Malcolm is particularly interested in addressing problems associated with open ocean aquaculture. He enjoys working with industry and government to ensure our oceans are both productive and healthy.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Environmental effects modelling and mitigation strategies
  • Engineering modelling and design of offshore structures
  • Oceanographic data analysis and interpretation (wind, waves, currents)
  • Feasibility assessments for new aquaculture developments/sites
  • Ocean-based renewable energy
  • Open-ocean aquaculture


  • PhD, Ocean Physics, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2020
  • BAppSc (Hons), Energy Management, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2012
Malcolm Smeaton, Oceanographer