University of Auckland OA research focuses on the fertilization, early development, physiological and growth responses of animals to ocean acidification. Our work encompasses metabolic measurements, and in a systems biology approach includes transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics (   We also collaborate with biomaterials engineers to examine the effect of OA on the properties of calcified structures such as sea urchin teeth ( and with colleagues at NIWA. There is also a separate focus on public engagement and science communication (CARIM).


Cawthron institute

The Cawthron Institute is a private research organisation based in Nelson. Cawthron focuses on highly applied research in coastal zone monitoring and aquaculture. Our OA research to date has focused on determining potential impacts upon the early life stages of the NZ Greenshell mussel. As the aquaculture industry becomes increasingly aware of, and concerned about the impacts of near-future OA, Cawthron research is now being directed towards monitoring and mitigation of reduced carbonate availability for cultured shellfish. For further information, see: Norman Ragg - OA research at Cawthron.



NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) is involved in a wide range of OA research. We have been measuring carbonate parameters in the ocean for over a decade and continue to undertake a long term monitoring transect off the coast of Dunedin (in association with University of Otago). We have been mapping the distribution of carbonate concentrations in the New Zealand EEZ and looking at future projections using climate models. Our ecological research includes assessing functional responses of organisms such as bacteria, phytoplankton, macroalgae, deep-sea corals, and molluscs to OA and other stressors. We use a combination of field collections, laboratory analyses, and in situ experiments, and dynamic population and energetics modelling tools, and climate models in our investigations. Please see our website for details (NIWA OA page). NIWA also hosts the New Zealand Ocean Acidification Observing Network (NZOA-ON)


University of otago

At the University of Otago, OA research has been going on a long time.  We have hosted most of the national OA workshops, and we have a dedicated Otago Research Theme on Ocean Acidification.  Our researchers and students work on marine carbonate chemistry, temperate skeletal mineralogy, macroalgal interactions with ocean pH, and invertebrate calcification responses through various life stages. For more information, see our website (OU OAR).


victoria university of wellington

Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) is home to several diverse OA research programmes. These currently focus on the impacts of OA on: (1) the photosynthetic physiology, function and ecology of temperate and tropical reef sponges; (2) impacts on the calcification and photosynthetic physiology of coralline algae and corals; (3) impacts on kelp forests and the ecosystems they support; (4) the role of multiple stressors and temporal variability; (5) the physiology of Antarctic sea-ice microbes; and (6) the physiology of Antarctic molluscs. The projects are headed by Assoc. Prof. James Bell and Prof. Simon Davy (1), Dr Christopher Cornwall (2,3,4), Assoc. Profs. Nicole Phillips (4) and Ken Ryan (5 & 6), with input from collaborators both overseas (e.g. CNRS France, University of Western Australia, University of Hawaii, AIMS, University of Tasmania) and in NZ (e.g. NIWA, University of Otago and University of Auckland). For information about the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University, click here.

NZOAC research expertise

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