Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Barrie Forrest

Senior Scientist – Marine Ecology and Biosecurity

Note: Barrie Forrest does not currently work at the Cawthron Institute.


  • PhD (Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington, 2007
  • MSc (First Class Hons, Environmental Science). University of Auckland, 1991
  • BSc. University of Canterbury, 1985

Role at Cawthron

Barrie is a senior scientist in the marine biosecurity team. He has expertise in the biology, impacts and control of marine pests. His particular interest in this field is the development of response tools and risk management approaches for aquaculture. More broadly, Barrie has a background in marine environmental management, and undertakes or contributes to many Cawthron projects on the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Management of marine pests and interactions with aquaculture
  • Role of artificial structures in bioinvasion processes
  • Assessment of human impacts in coastal systems
  • More than 40 publications in scientific journals, and more than 100 consultancy reports and popular articles

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 286