Oliver Floerl

Oliver Floerl

Senior Marine Scientist

Role at Cawthron

Oli is a marine ecologist with a particular interest in marine biosecurity, biofouling management and urban ecology. Over the past 20 years, Oli has worked on science, R&D and advisory projects for a wide range of New Zealand and international funding agencies and clients, including government organisations, maritime industries (shipping, ports and marinas, aquaculture), conservation groups and law firms.

Oli is the co-Science Leader of the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox, an interdisciplinary international research programme aimed at developing cost-effective, innovative tools for mitigating marine biosecurity risks.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Biofouling management in maritime industries
  • Biosecurity pathways – risk modelling and management
  • Ecological engineering
  • Baseline, delimitation and monitoring surveys
  • Incursion response and pest management
  • Urban ecology and anthropogenic impacts

Professional affiliations

  • Member: IMarEST Biofouling Management Expert Group
  • Senior Science Advisor: SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway



  • PhD (Environmental Science). James Cook University, Australia, 2002
  • BSc (Marine Biology, Hons). University of Wales, Bangor, 1998

Oliver Floerl