- Post-graduate Diploma Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Coventry University, UK, 2001
- PhD Zoology. University of Cambridge, UK, 1986
- BSc Zoology. University of Bristol, UK, 1980
Role at Cawthron
Don is a coastal scientist in Cawthron's Coastal and Freshwater Group and has 28 years' experience of research and consultancy related to the ecology of coastal habitats, particularly marine sediments, in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. His areas of interest include the responses of estuarine and coastal habitats to the effects of contaminants and of marine farms, and marine biosecurity. Don has experience in the design of sampling programmes for intertidal and subtidal organisms and contaminated sediments.
Before joining Cawthron in December 2014, Don was a marine ecologist at NIWA, Nelson (2002–2014) and at NIWA Hamilton (1994–2000), where he worked on the effects of forestry, marine farming and urban runoff on coastal and estuarine ecology and on marine biosecurity. He returned to his native UK in 2000, where he took a post-graduate diploma in environmental monitoring and assessment, and worked for ABP Marine Environmental Research, a subsidiary of Britain's largest port company. The latter included work on impacts of port operation and development, including ecological effects of capital dredging, sea-disposal and alternative uses of dredged material. He also held a post-doctoral research post at the University of Sydney, Australia for 4 years (1990-1994), working on spatial and temporal variability in seabed faunas and the in situ effects of trace metals, together with consultancy work.
Technical skills, experience and interests
- Environmental impact assessment and monitoring
- Water and sediment quality impact evaluations
- Permit and wastewater discharge evaluations
- Marine farm impact assessments
- Marine biosecurity surveillance and management
- Design and implementation of monitoring surveys for coastal species and habitats
- OSH certified scientific diver
View Don's ResearchGate profile
- Newcombe EM, Morrisey DJ and Newton MJ 2016. Advice for the NCC Whakamahere Whakatu Nelson Plan: water quality. Prepared for Nelson City Council. 33 pages plus appendices.
- Morrisey DJ, Depree CV, Hickey CW, McKenzie DS, Middleton I, Smith MD, Stewart M and Thompson KJ 2016. Rapid treatment of vessels fouled with an invasive. Biofouling. Volume 32, Issue 2. Pages 135-144.
- Newcombe EM, Clark D, Gillespie PA, Morrisey DJ and MacKenzie LA 2015. Assessing the state of the marine environment in Tasman Bay and Golden Bay. Prepared for Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. 70 pages plus appendix.
- Morrisey DJ, Anderson T, Broekhuizen N, Stenton-Dozey J, Brown S and Plew D 2015. Baseline monitoring report for new salmon farms, Marlborough Sounds. Prepared for New Zealand King Salmon. 252 pages. (May 2015, version 6).
- Morrisey DJ, Inglis G, Tait L, Woods C and Lewis J 2015. Procedures for evaluation the in-water cleaning of vessels. 51 pages plus appendices.
- Inglis GJ , Roulston H and Morrisey DJ 2011. A trial use of seabed habitat distribution data to identify high risk sites for surveillance in Whangarei Harbour. 27 pages.
- Page MJ, Morrisey DJ, Handley SJ and Middleton C 2011. Biology, ecology and trials of potential methods for control of the introduced ascidian Eudistoma elongatum (Herdman, 1886) in Northland, New Zealand. Aquatic Invasions 6: 515-517.
- Morrisey DJ, Inglis G, Neil K, Bradley A and Fitridge I 2011. Characterisation of the marine aquarium trade and management of associated marine pests in Australia, a country with stringent import biosecurity regulations. Environmental Conservation 38: Pages 89-100.
- Morrisey DJ, Swales A, Dittmann S, Morrison MA, Lovelock CE and Beard CM 2010. The ecology and management of temperate mangroves. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 48: Pages 43-160.
- Morrisey DJ, Cole RG, Davey NK, Handley SJ, Bradley A, Brown SN and Madarasz AL 2006. Abundance and diversity of fish on mussel farms in New Zealand. Aquaculture 252: Pages 277-288.
- Stillman RA, West AD, Goss-Custard JD, McGrorty S, Frost NJ, Morrisey DJ, Kenny AJ and Drewitt AL 2005. Predicting site quality for shorebird communities: a case study on the Humber estuary, UK. Marine Ecology Progress Series 305: Pages 203-217.
- Ahrens MJ and Morrisey DJ 2005. Biological effects of unburnt coal in the marine environment. Oceanography & Marine Biology: An Annual Review 43: Pages 69-122.
- Pontee NI, Drummond JR and Morrisey DJ 2004. Coastline change and implications for habitat loss. Maritime Engineering 157: Pages 133-142 .
- Morrisey DJ, Turner SJ, Mills GN, Williamson RB and Wise BE 2003. Factors affecting the distribution of benthic macrofauna in estuaries contaminated by urban runoff. Marine Environmental Research 55: Pages 113-136.