Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Fiona Gower

Taxonomy Team Leader – Marine and Freshwater Taxonomy

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons, Zoology/Marine Zoology)

Role at Cawthron 

Fiona is Cawthron's Taxonomy Team Leader and Coastal and Freshwater research laboratory manager. She leads a team of specialist taxonomy scientists and technicians who are responsible for identifying marine, estuarine and freshwater invertebrates as an indicator of environmental health.

Fiona and her team play a vital role in supporting Cawthron's environmental research and monitoring work. They also work closely with industry and Government clients providing taxonomy support for regulatory and legislative aspects of environmental planning and developments.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Taxonomy of marine, estuarine and freshwater invertebrates
  • SCUBA diving to collect marine and freshwater species
  • Preservation and archive of biological specimens
  • Sampling of horticultural and industrial contaminants
  • IANZ-certified microbiological techniques
  • Design and maintenance of a wide range of aquatic environments with specialisation in aquarium environments

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 252
fiona.gower@cawthron.org.nz