Mads Solgaard Thomsen, Associate Professor

  • Marine Ecology Research Group
  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand UCAN web-page
  • Adjunct Professor in Marine Biodiversity, Institute for Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Phone: +64 3 366 7001 ext. 7076, Office: Biological Sciences 233, Google Scholar
  • Ph.D. 2004. Environmental Sciences. University of Virginia, US PDF
  • MSc. 1998. Environmental Biology and Geography, Roskilde University, Denmark


Anthony Gillis (PhD, J. Tonkin is primary supervisor): Species interactions along marine stress-gradients

Paige Bentley (PhD): Restoration techniques of underwater forests

Danielle Bishop (MSc): Impacts of sediments and heatwaves on intertidal reefs

Ken Clemente (PhD): Anthropogenic impacts in seagrass beds

Shinae Monti (PhD, Finished 2023): Marine heatwaves and benthic ecosystems

Nicolette Edmunds (MSc, Finished 2023): Early life-stages of brown seaweed

Katie Thompson (MSc, D. Finished 2022, D. Hart was primary supervisor): Green coastal infrastructures PDF

Micaela Pullen (MSc, to the left, Finished 2021, S. Flanagan was primary supervisor): Fish in seagrass beds PDF

Derek Gerber (MSc, Finished 2021): Impacts of marine heatwaves on estuarine foundation species PDF

Finn Ross (Honors, Finished 2021): Seaweed Growth rates in Lyttelton harbour in the context of Blue Carbon PDF

Shinae Montie (MSc; Finished 2020):  Remote sensing of Southern Ocean phytoplankton blooms in a warming world PDF


Travis Foster (Phd, Finished 2019): Competition or facilitation between co-existing foundation species – with implications for biodiversity and conservation PDF

Luca Mondardini (Masters; Finished 2018): Loss of bull kelp and biodiversity following a cataclysmic earthquake PDF


Alfonso Siciliano (Phd; Finished 2018): Testing when and how habitat cascades control biodiversity of marine benthic ecosystems PDF 

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Dave Brockerhoff (Masters: Finished 2018): Ecological interactions between the invasive seaweed Undaria pinnatifida and the Green-lipped mussels Perna canaliculus PDF

Yu (Betty) Bi (Masters: Finished 2017, T Wernberg was main supervisor): Seaweeds as habitat for animals PDF

Isis Metcalfe (Masters: Finished 2017): Phenological, physiological and ecological factors affecting the relationship between Hormosira banksii and its obligate epiphyte Notheia anomala PDF


Eliza Oldach (Fulbright visitor; Finished 2016): Herbivory in estuaries; keystone consumption or cascading habitat-formation?


Thomas Hildebrand (Masters: Finished 2014): Interactions between cockles, parasites and epibiota in the Avon Heathcote Estuary, Christchurch, New Zealand PDF

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