Serean Adams

Serean Adams

Manager – Aquaculture 

Role at Cawthron

Serean is the Aquaculture Group Manager at Cawthron and is passionate about New Zealand’s Aquaculture industry and its future.

Serean works closely with the aquaculture industry and with government to carry out and enable research and development that will help grow New Zealand’s blue economy.

Serean has led a number of scientific programmes at Cawthron and currently leads the Shellfish Aquaculture Platform and the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge’s Blue Economy Seaweed Programme. 

Serean’s primary area of technical expertise is the development of technologies supporting hatchery production such as cryopreservation and triploidy. She is also interested in aquaculture for functional foods, bioactives and higher value products.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Reproduction and developmental biology in aquatic species
  • Triploidy
  • Cryopreservation
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecotoxicology


  • PhD. University of Otago, 2003
  • PgDipSci. University of Otago, 1998
  • BSc. University of Otago, 1997
  • PADI Divemaster

Serean Adams