Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Zoe Hilton

Scientist – Physiology, Biochemistry & Bioenergetics

Qualifications

  • PhD (Biological Sciences). University of Auckland, 2010
  • BSc (Hons, Biological Sciences). University of Auckland, 2003
  • BA (Spanish and Latin American Studies). University of Auckland, 2002
  • BSc (Marine Science). University of Auckland, 2002

Role at Cawthron

Working with a range of industry and academic collaborators, Zoë brings her experience in ecological physiology, biochemistry and evolutionary biology to support research on shellfish selective breeding, bioenergetics and productivity, shellfish health and resilience, broodstock conditioning, larval production, cryopreservation, and ecotoxicology. She is also a member of Cawthron's Sustainability Taskforce.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Ecological physiology (fish & shellfish)
  • Bioenergetics
  • Broodstock and larval nutrition
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Physiology, ecology and evolution of New Zealand tripterygiid fishes
  • Sustainable food production systems
  • Recipient of 2012 UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowship for Young Women in the Life Sciences – Visiting Research Fellow at IRTA, Catalonia, Spain.

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Marine Sciences Society
  • Society for Experimental Biology
  • International Society for Fish and Shellfish Immunology

Conference papers and presentations

Hilton Z, Hickey AJR, Clements KD 2007. What sets the upper thermal tolerance limit in marine ectotherms? Evidence for the role of heart mitochondria. Presentation. New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference, New Zealand.

Hilton Z, Hickey AJR, Wellenreuther M, Clements KD 2006. Respiratory adaptation and ecological radiation in New Zealand triplefin fishes. Presentation. First International Congress of Respiratory Biology (ICRB), Bonn, Germany.

Hilton Z, Hickey AJR, Wellenreuther M, Clements KD 2006. Respiratory adaptation and ecological radiation in New Zealand triplefin fishes. Poster. XIV International Conference on Dioxygen Binding and Sensing Proteins, Naples, Italy.

Hilton Z, Hickey AJR, Wellenreuther M, Clements KD 2006. Respiratory adaptation and ecological radiation in New Zealand triplefin fishes. Presentation. New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference, New Zealand.

Hilton Z, Wellenreuther M, Clements KD 2005. Ecological diversification of two intertidal triplefin fish species in New Zealand. Poster. 10th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Poland.

Hilton Z, Poortenaar CW, Sewell MA 2003. Provisioning and utilisation of lipid and protein during early development of yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi. Presentation. New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference, New Zealand.

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Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 734
zoe.hilton@cawthron.org.nz