Key Staff

Dr Shane Kelly


Dr Shane KellyShane has a diverse range of research experience, with a strong emphasis on applied science, environmental assessment, marine conservation and resource management. After completing his PhD on marine reserves and lobster ecology at the University of Auckland, he spent his early career studying mussel recruitment processes, reef ecology and sponge aquaculture during two post-doctoral fellowships. Shane then spent 5 ½ years as Auckland Regional Council’s Project Leader/Principal Advisor in Environmental Research and Monitoring, where he managed a number of major research, monitoring and strategic projects. These included State of the Environment monitoring programmes for water quality, sediment quality and ecosystem health, and the development of contaminant models for Auckland's harbours. He was also a key technical advisor on major urban infrastructure programmes and supported regulatory and planning teams by providing input to policy and plan development, major consents, and associated hearings and appeals.


In 2008 Shane established Coast and Catchment Ltd, and over the past few years he has provided technical advice on the environmental effects of numerous coastal and landuse activities throughout New Zealand. He has conducted assessments of environmental values in a number of New Zealand's major harbours and estuaries; provided technical advice to both marine farmers and regulators on aquaculture development; and, acted as a hearing commissioner. He was the lead author of the 2011 and 2014 "State of the Hauraki Gulf" reports prepared for the Hauraki Gulf Forum, and designed the harbour monitoring programme for New Zealand’s largest wastewater treatment plant at Mangere. Shane has also prepared catchment plans and environmental assessments for stormwater management, which cover much of the Auckland Region.


Shane also continues to maintain strong links with the University of Auckland's, Leigh Marine Laboratory, where he hold a position of Honorary Academic Associate.

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Dr Carina Sim-Smith


Dr Carina Sim-SmithCarina has over 14 years of marine research experience on a wide range of species including snapper, salmon, kingfish, groper, toheroa, green-lipped mussels, Asian date mussels, lobsters and sponges. She has a keen interest in a diverse range of research areas and has expertise in aquaculture, biosecurity, marine ecology, environmental assessments and taxonomy.


Carina completed both her MSc and PhD in Marine Sciences at the University of Auckland. Her MSc was on the population biology of the invasive Asian date mussel, and her PhD was on the larval recruitment biology of snapper. Carina spent six years working as an Aquaculture Scientist at NIWA where she led a number of major research projects. She has written reviews of aquaculture best management practice and biosecurity for central government; an Assessment of Environmental Effects for a new finfish farm; worked on the development of novel aquaculture feed ingredients and marine biomedical products; and, helped to develop the first green-lipped mussel commercial breeding protocol. Carina is also one of New Zealand's few sponge taxonomists and has, to date, described two new genera and 16 new sponge species.


In 2011 Carina established her own consultancy, and has been working as an associate with Coast and Catchment Ltd since 2013. In this capacity, she was the lead author for a major aquaculture biosecurity project for the Ministry for Primary Industries (see Case Studies), was a co-author of the 2014 "State of the Hauraki Gulf" report, and has written several environmental assessments.


Carina has excellent writing and editing skills and has written over 60 client reports and 11 publications in peer-reviewed science journals. Carina's technical services are highly sought after, owing to her ability to liaise closely with clients to ensure that their requirements are fulfilled, to quickly consolidate and assess complex information, and to produce high-quality reports within agreed timeframes and budgets.

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