Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Chris Cornelisen

Coastal and Freshwater Group Manager – Coastal


  • Post-doctoral Fellow. Otago University, 2003-2005
  • PhD (Biology). University of South Florida, 2003
  • Coastal Management Fellow. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1996-1998
  • MS (Oceanography/Coastal Zone Management). Florida Institute of Technology, 1996
  • BA (Biology, Business minor). Drake University, 1991

Role at Cawthron

Chris is the Group Manager for coastal sciences at Cawthron. Chris's primary area of expertise is in estuarine and coastal processes, and the interaction between the physical environment and biological systems.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Nutrient dynamics and water quality in coastal and estuarine systems
  • Benthic ecology and monitoring
  • Source tracking land-derived contaminants in the coastal environment
  • Integrated catchment management
  • Application of stable isotopes in ecological studies

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Marine Sciences Society
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

View Chris' ResearchGate profile

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319
[email protected]