Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Natali Delorme

Scientist - Shellfish Physiology, Stress and Health


  • PhD Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2017
  • MSc Marine Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2013
  • PGDip Marine Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2011
  •  BSc Marine Biology (Hons. Equiv.), Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile, 2009

Role at Cawthron

Natali is a scientist in the Aquaculture Group at Cawthron.  She is a passionate marine scientist working on physiology of marine invertebrates.  Currently, her research aims to understand shellfish stress, health and nutrition of different aquaculture species through the development of immunological assays and quantifying oxidative damage and antioxidant biomakers. 

Her research has a strong commercial impact, trying to understand the animal’s biochemical, molecular and physiological responses thoughout the different aquaculture processes, and the mechanisms used to cope with such procedures.  Natali works closely with the industry in order to optimise current aquaculture industry practices.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Ecophysiology
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Heat Shock Response
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiological Adaptation
  • Larval Development
  • Aquaculture

Professional affiliations

  • Association for Women in Sciences – New Zealand (AWIS)
  • New Zealand Marine Science Society (NZMSS)
  • World Aquaculture Society (WAS)
  •  Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)


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