Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Oliver Floerl

Biosecurity Team Leader


  • PhD (Environmental Science). James Cook University, Australia, 2002
  • BSc (Marine Biology, Hons). University of Wales, Bangor, 1998

Role at Cawthron

Oli is a coastal marine ecologist and senior scientist in Cawthron's Coastal and Freshwater Group. His particular focus areas are marine biosecurity and biofouling management. Over the past 15 years, Oli has worked on science, R&D and advisory projects for a wide range of New Zealand and international clients including regulatory agencies, maritime industries (shipping, ports and marinas, aquaculture) and conservation groups.

His work has generally aimed to improve our understanding and management of marine biosecurity risks and to lessen the operational and economic impacts of biofouling growth on vessels and marine infrastructure. At Cawthron, Oli engages in a range of science and consultancy projects for clients and collaborators in government, industry and other research institutions.

Oli is a current member of the IMarEST Biofouling Management Expert Group. Prior to joining Cawthron in July 2014, Oli was a senior scientist and programme leader for biofouling research at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture in Norway (2012-14) and a scientist in the Biodiversity and Biosecurity group at NIWA (2002-12). For technical and client reports on biosecurity management and aquaculture prepared while working in these previous positions please contact Oli directly.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Biofouling management in maritime industries
  • Biosecurity science to underpin management and policy development,
  • Biosecurity pathway management tools
  • Design and implementation of baseline, delimitation and monitoring surveys for coastal species and habitats
  • Development of incursion response and pest management strategies
  •  Ecological studies to understand human influences on coastal systems 

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319
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