Zoe Hilton

Zoë Hilton

Scientist – Physiology, Biochemistry & Bioenergetics

Role at Cawthron

Working with a range of industry and academic collaborators, Zoë brings her experience in ecological physiology, biochemistry and evolutionary biology to support research on shellfish selective breeding, bioenergetics and productivity, shellfish health and resilience, broodstock conditioning, larval production, cryopreservation, and ecotoxicology. She is also a member of Cawthron’s Sustainability Taskforce.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Ecological physiology (fish & shellfish)
  • Bioenergetics
  • Broodstock and larval nutrition
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Physiology, ecology and evolution of New Zealand tripterygiid fishes
  • Sustainable food production systems
  • Recipient of 2012 UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowship for Young Women in the Life Sciences – Visiting Research Fellow at IRTA, Catalonia, Spain.

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Marine Sciences Society
  • Society for Experimental Biology
  • International Society for Fish and Shellfish Immunology


  • PhD (Biological Sciences). University of Auckland, 2010
  • BSc (Hons, Biological Sciences). University of Auckland, 2003
  • BA (Spanish and Latin American Studies). University of Auckland, 2002
  • BSc (Marine Science). University of Auckland, 2002


Zoe Hilton