Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

David Taylor

Aquaculture Monitoring Team Leader

Note: David Taylor does not currently work at the Cawthron Institute.


  • PhD (Zoology, Marine Ecology). University of Canterbury, 2002

Role at Cawthron

David is a marine ecologist with specialist expertise in the following areas: 

  • aquaculture – effects on marine ecology
  • recovery and resilience of benthic marine communities
  • coastal rocky shore ecology – links with nearshore oceanography
  • ecology and ecotoxicology of Pleurobranchaea maculata (sea slug) – New Zealand's most toxic marine animal.

David is a project manager for large-scale multidisciplinary projects including:

  • coastal plan-change applications for finfish farming
  • assessments of ecological affects for the aquaculture and oil industries
  • risks of tetrodotoxin to kaimoana, with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

David has also co-supervised two Masters students.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Project manager – multidisciplinary projects
  • Ecological impact assessments
  • Assessments of ecological effects – benthic marine ecology
  • Community recovery and resilience
  • Nearshore oceanographic processes – coastal dispersal

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Marine Sciences Society

View David's ResearchGate profile

Publication links

+64 3 548 2319 ext 225