Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Grant Hopkins

Coastal Ecosystems Team Leader


  • PhD (Marine Biology). Victoria University of Wellington, 2010
  • MSc (with Distinction, Marine Science). University of Otago, 2002
  • BSc (Zoology). University of Otago, 1998
  • Cert (Marine Studies). Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, 1995

Role at Cawthron

Grant is a senior scientist and a Coastal Ecosystems Team leader. His research interests are focused around vessel-hull fouling, in particular biosecurity risks posed by slow-moving vessels and oil rigs. Grant also has extensive experience in monitoring the effects of marine farming activities on seabed and water column environments. In these fields Grant has authored more than 70 publications and consultancy reports.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Determination and management of biosecurity risks posed by vessels and structures associated with the oil and gas industry
  • Biosecurity inspections on semi-submersible and jack-up rigs
  • Development of methods to mitigate risks posed following defouling of pest species in the marine environment
  • Recipient of Environmental Award in 2007 by the New Zealand Marine Farming Association for his contribution to developing monitoring programmes for marine farms

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 226