Paul Barter

Paul Barter

Scientist – Environmental Impact Assessments and Aquatic Technology

Role at Cawthron

Paul is an environmental scientist with 25 years of professional environmental consulting experience in both the United States and New Zealand.

A senior marine scientist in Cawthron’s Coastal and Freshwater Group, Paul has extensive experience with a wide variety of oceanographic and water quality instrumentation including the design, deployment and recovery of numerous types of Ocean Data Acquisition System (ODAS) moorings.

Recently, his focus has been on developing small yet robust coastal monitoring buoys for NZ near-shore coastal waters. This work has been in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and draws on his experience with finding cost-effective solutions using both off-the-shelf instrumentation and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components.

Paul has a range of programming skills for both software and embedded systems including VBA, VB.Net, PIC Basic, and CRBasic.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Environmental impact assessment and monitoring
  • Water and sediment quality impact evaluations
  • Permit and wastewater discharge evaluations
  • Field operations, equipment and sampling
  • Benthic community analysis
  • Geographic information system (GIS) and database design and programming

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Marine Sciences Society 
  • Water New Zealand


BA (Marine Biology). University of California, 1988

Paul Barter