Student Research

February 2022

By Julia Plamer  - research of  Invertabrates presence in restored Charlesworth Wetland Reserve.Amazing results! 

Charlesworth invertabrates report April 2022.pdf


February 2020

By Leila Figueiredo de Almeida Silva - research of direct effect/behaviour on birds in the estuary by human disturbance incl; shellfish gathering and dog walking.

Report on bird disturbance research March 2020 Leila.pdf

September 2019

By Bonnie Kaldor - Research showing effects/non effects of human behaviour such as walking, cycling, jogging on bird life in the estuary.


November 2019

Intertidal microphytobenthos of Te Ihuati/Avon Heathcote estuary (areas adjacent to the oxidation ponds)  by Yuriy Malakov 2019

Yuriy Malakov Nov 2019.pdf


Summer 2018 - 2019

Recreational Survey and Evaluation of cockle resources in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai

Hampson et al. 2019.pdf



Characterisation of earthquake induced environmental degradation in Bexley Wetland, South Island, New Zealand and options for future management 

Student: Blair Campbell
Supervisor: Islay Marsden, Deidre Hart
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Re-making spaces and places for estuary-based recreation: Changes, challenges and opportunities in the northern reach of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary / Ihutai 

Student: Tamai Williams
Supervisor: Mike Mackay
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What’s in the water?: a survey of recreational users of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai

Student: Michelle Marquet
Supervisor: Dr Ronlyn Duncan
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Population of Redcliff’s shrimp (Palaemon affinis) 

Student: Gabrielle Davey
Supervisor: Islay Marsden
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Food Gathering Practices in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/ Ihutai

Student: Kelly Fisher
Supervisor: Dr Suzanne Vallance
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Tourism and the Avon–Heathcote Estuary: the perspectives of key stakeholders about current and future demand 

Student: Catherine Lizamore
Supervisor: Dr Roy Montgomery
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The Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai: a historical assessment of its recreational and social history

Student: Felicity Boyd
Supervisors: Dr Joanna Fountain and Dr Greg Ryan
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Tourism and recreation around the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai: Current usage, awareness and perceptions of tourism and recreational opportunities 

Student: Sheena Crawford
Supervisor: Joanna Fountain
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Charlesworth Wetland Research 

Ellena  Soper, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury
Supervisor: Islay Marsden
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Cockle Resources in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary

Douglas Dibley – Department of Geography, University of Canterbury
Supervisors: Islay Marsden and Lesley Bolton-Ritchie (ECAN)
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Investigating benthic foraminiferans in the Avon-Heathcote Estuaryor for the presentation 

Renee Pearson – Department of Geology, University of Canterbury
Supervisor: Catherine Reid
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Population Size and Feeding Behaviour of Shorebirds in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary

Emily Gray – School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury
Supervisor: Jim Briskie and Paul Sagar (NIWA)


Nutrient Sources and the Food Web 

Simon Stewart (BSc student)
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Mapping Sea Lettuce

David Alexander (BSc student)

Water flows in Charlesworth Wetland

Joe Wheeler (MEng student)
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Sedimentation in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai – An Analysis of Past and Present Studies 

Philip I. Burge
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Ecology of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary: Comparative Salt Marsh SurveyEstuarine Research Report 34 

Kimberly L. Jupp, T.R. Partridge, D.E. Hart, I.D. Marsden
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Reality versus Perception: User Perceptions of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers

Sarah Dodson
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The Ecology of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary: Macrobenthic Survey

Sylvia Maclaren and Islay Marsden

Seagrass Zostera novazelandica in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary

Nicola Congdon and Islay Marsden
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