Tim Haggitt

Members' Talk: Dr. Tim Haggitt

TUE 24 AUG, 5.30-6.30PM

Engaging with the marine environment is fundamental to many New Zealanders’ way of life and wellbeing. However, in many locations such as the Hauraki Gulf, the marine environment is under increasing threat from sedimentation, habitat disturbance, pollution, and overfishing. The University of Auckland’s Institute of Marine Science alongside partner organisations is involved in a diverse range of research within the Gulf, much of which is focused around restoring its mauri. This presentation will showcase current research topics ranging from marine protection, underwater sound, conservation, and understanding the effects of plastic pollution in estuarine ecosystems.

Perched on cliffs above the sea, Leigh Marine Laboratory is the University of Auckland’s marine research base and most northerly campus (about 100km northeast of Auckland City). The laboratory provides students access to the nearby Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (also known as Goat Island Reserve and the Leigh Marine Reserve). Goat Island Reserve is New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve. Established in 1975 for the purpose of scientific study, it covers 518 hectares of marine environment.

This event is presented in partnership with The University of Auckland Insitute of Marine Science. 

This event is Members-only, but Member's may purchase guest tickets for non-Members. 

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Dr. Tim Haggitt

Tim is a rocky reef marine ecologist who currently manages the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, an extension of the Leigh Marine Laboratory and Institute of Marine Science.

His passions include educating around concepts of conservation, marine protection, restoration and sustainable resource use. Tim has been actively surveying lobster populations within Leigh, Tawharanui, and Hahei marine reserves over the last 20+ years and more recently has been active throughout the Hauraki Gulf working alongside community groups and rangatahi.