Rob Major

Rob Major

Marine Scientist

Role at Cawthron

Rob is a marine ecologist who is passionate about improving the sustainability of, and adding value to, New Zealand’s marine industries. His research focuses on sustainable fisheries technology, aquaculture spatial planning and using bioeconomic or statistical modelling to assess the feasibility of innovative technology. This research has spanned a range of industries and applications including fisheries, aquaculture, biosecurity and tidal energy.  In doing so Rob has gained experience working and developing relationships with stakeholders across worldviews (Matauranga Maori, commercial and scientific) to achieve shared goals. 

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Aquaculture site selection and spatial planning
  • Applying ecological principles to develop fisheries technology
  • Bioeconomic modelling of sustainable technologies to support innovation and decision making
  • Extensive field research including commercial fishing vessels and developing countries
  • Translating scientific knowledge and research into tangible outcomes for communities and clients


  • PhD Marine Science – University of Auckland, 2017
  • MSc Marine Science – University of Otago, 2011
  • BSc Ecology – University of Otago, 2007

    Rob Major