Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Olivia Johnston

Marine Ecologist – Benthic Surveys and Marine Contaminants


  • MSc (Environmental Science). University of Canterbury, 2005.
  • BSc (Biology/Geology). University of Canterbury, 2000.
  • PADI (Open Water Diver)

Role at Cawthron

Olivia is a marine ecologist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group. Her research experience covers a wide range of marine environments including:

  • New Zealand ports
  • New Zealand sub-tidal, intertidal and rocky shore zones
  • New Zealand exclusive economic zone (NZEEZ).

In addition to this, her role at Cawthron has a strong focus on benthic surveys, sediment contaminants and marine soft-bottom communities.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Biosecurity Institute Award 2005
  • Marine biosecurity
  • Marine baseline surveys
  • Marine invertebrate taxonomy
  • Fisheries science
  • Soft-bottom communities
  • Sediment contaminant effects
  • Marine benthic species
  • Environmental impact assessment 

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319
[email protected]