Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Dana Clark

Marine Ecologist – Coastal Ecology and Management


  • MSc (Distinction, Marine Science). University of Otago, 2009
  • BSc (Zoology). University of Otago, 2007

Role at Cawthron

Dana is a marine ecologist within the Coastal and Freshwater Group. Her focus at Cawthron is on coastal ecology and management, particularly of soft sediment ecosystems, and assessing the environment impacts of aquaculture.

She is currently working on a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded project, Oranga Taiao Oranga Tangata (OTOT), which aims to develop a spatial planning model for Tauranga Harbour. This model will produce spatially explicit future scenarios for the development of the catchment, pinpointing different land uses throughout the catchment and how these land uses give rise to different stressors on the harbour’s ecology. Associated with this project she is developing species distribution models for the harbour and assessing the utility of international biotic indices (e.g. AMBI, BQI) for assessing New Zealand’s estuarine health.

Previously, Dana was involved in the Manaaki Taha Moana (MTM) programme, focused in Tauranga and the Horowhenua Coast, which aimed to restore and enhance coastal ecosystems of importance to iwi through a better knowledge of these ecosystems and the degradation processes that affect them. She also played a key role in an MBIE-funded project to value the marine and coastal ecosystem services in Nelson Bays.

Dana also does a range of work for commercial clients including monitoring and impact assessments for aquaculture, ports and outfalls as well as estuary and reef monitoring.

View Dana's ResearchGate profile

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