Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Patrick Cahill

Scientist - Marine Invasive Species and Anti-fouling Science


  • PhD (Marine Science). University of Auckland, New Zealand 2013
  • BSc (Hons) (Ecology and Zoology). University of Otago, New Zealand 2010

Role at Cawthron

Patrick is a scientist in the biosecurity team, whose main research interests pertain to antifouling science and marine invasive species management.

Patrick currently leads research projects that aim to identify “eco-friendly” antifouling formulations based on natural compounds and novel surface characteristics, assess the antifouling capacity of cultured shellfish, and develop a comprehensive suite of antifouling bioassays. He also participates in projects that evaluate marine biosecurity vector risks and identify invasive species that pose a high risk to aquaculture in New Zealand, and is available for commercial consulting in the wider biosecurity area.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Developing “eco-friendly” antifouling technologies for use in aquaculture and more widely 
  • Marine biosecurity, with particular expertise in invasive sea squirt ecology
  • Marine chemical ecology, especially the innate antifouling defences of marine organisms 
  • Marine larval biology and ecology 
  • Bioassay development

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 383