Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Serean Adams

Aquaculture Group Manager


  • PhD. University of Otago, 2003
  • PgDipSci. University of Otago, 1998
  • BSc. University of Otago, 1997
  • PADI Divemaster

Role at Cawthron

Serean is the Aquaculture Group Manager at Cawthron and is passionate about New Zealand’s Aquaculture industry and its future.

Serean has led a number of scientific programmes at Cawthron and currently leads Cawthron’s Cultured Shellfish Programme. Its research spans from improving hatchery reliability and efficiency through seawater manipulation and probiotics to increasing post-harvest shelf-life and on-farm biosecurity.

Serean’s primary areas of technical expertise are shellfish developmental biology, cryopreservation and triploidy. She is also interested in shellfish as functional foods and in the development of novel functional food ingredients from marine species including shellfish and algae.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Reproduction and developmental biology in aquatic species
  • Triploidy
  • Cryopreservation
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecotoxicology

Professional affiliations

  • Society for Cryobiology

View Serean's ResearchGate profile.

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319
[email protected]