- PhD (Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2013
- PGDipSci (Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2011
- BSc (Ecology and Biodiversity, Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2007
- BCA (Accounting, Commercial Law). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2007
Role at Cawthron
Lauren is a scientist in the biosecurity team of the Coastal and Freshwater Group. Her main research interests include the biology, ecology and impacts of marine pests with a particular focus on how these species interact with aquaculture activities.
Lauren is currently carrying out research to determine the establishment processes of key biofouling species, and working with other members of the biosecurity team investigating novel management tools for marine pests. She also participates in broader projects evaluating marine biosecurity risks to New Zealand, and is available for commercial consulting in the wider biosecurity area.
Technical skills, experience and interests
- Marine biosecurity, with particular expertise in invasive sea squirt ecology
- Invasion of non-indigenous species and their effects on coastal ecosystems
- Marine larval biology and ecology
- Impacts of marine pests, particularly with reference to aquaculture
- Castinel A, Fletcher LM , Dhand N, Rubio A, Whittington R and Taylor M 2015. OsHV-1 mortalities in Pacific oysters in Australia and New Zealand: the farmer's story. Cawthron Report 2567. Prepared for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 48 pages plus appendices.
- Atalah J, Hopkins GA, Fletcher LM , Castinel A and Forrest BM 2015. Concepts for biocontrol in marine environments: is there a way forward. Management of Biological Invasions 6: Pages 1-12.
- Fletcher LM 2014. Background information on the sea squirt Pyura doppelgangera to support regional response decisions. Cawthron Report 2480. Prepared for Marlborough District Council. 30 pages.
- Fletcher LM 2014. Background information on the Mediterranean fanworm Sabella spallanzanii to support regional response decisions. Cawthron Report 2479A. Prepared for Marlborough District Council. 35 pages.
- Forrest BM, Fletcher LM , Atalah J, Piola RF and Hopkins GA 2013. Predation limits spread of Didemnum vexillum into natural habitats from refuges on anthropogenic structures. PLoS ONE 8:e82229.
- Fletcher LM , Forrest BM and Bell JJ 2013. Impacts of the invasive ascidian Didemnum vexillum on green-lipped mussel Perna canaliculus aquaculture in New Zealand. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 3(4): 17-30.
- Fletcher LM 2013. Ecology of biofouling and impacts on mussel aquaculture: a case study with Didemnum vexillum. PhD Thesis (Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington. 234 pages.
- Fletcher LM , Forrest BM, Atalah J and Bell J 2013. Reproductive seasonality of the invasive ascidian Didemnum vexillum in New Zealand and implications for shellfish aquaculture. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 3(3): 197-211.
- Fletcher LM , Forrest BM and Bell JJ 2012. Natural dispersal mechanisms and dispersal potential of the invasive ascidian Didemnum vexillum. Biological Invasions 15(3): 627-643.
- Fletcher LM and Forrest BM 2011. Induced spawning and culture techniques for the invasive ascidian Didemnum vexillum (Kott, 2002). Aquatic Invasions 6(4): 457-464.