- MSc (Zoology). University of Auckland, 1988
- BSc. University of Canterbury, 1985
Role at Cawthron
Nick is a Senior Scientist specialising in shellfish biology and aquaculture production. His experience in both research and commercial environments, across a wide range of disciplines, draws him into a diverse variety of projects. His role ranges from technical support through to research programme design, research strategy, and science communication.
In particular, Nick has played a key role in the design and construction of hatchery systems for both the Cawthron research hatchery and the SpatNZ industry hatchery at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park. He was leader of Cawthron's long-running MBIE funded Cultured Shellfish Programme, and played a key role in the establishment and implementation of Cawthron's mussel and oyster breeding programmes.
Technical skills, experience and interests
- Systems and husbandry for hatchery production of shellfish and algae
- Shellfish biology
- Shellfish and production-forestry genetic improvement
- Development of novel research tools
- Automation system design and implementation
- Database design and data management/analysis
- Research programme design and management
- Research strategy and science communication
Conference papers and presentations
King N, Ragg NLC, Morrish J, Watts E 2010. Finding the limits for continuous- flow high-density bivalve larviculture systems. Proceedings World Aquaculture Society, San Deigo.
King N, Janke AR, Kaspar HF, Foster S 2005. An intensive high-density larval rearing system for the large-scale simultaneous production of families of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Proceedings Larvi05 – Fish and Larviculture Symposium: 236-237, European Aqua Soc, Special Pub 36, Oostende, Belgium.
Janke A, Kaspar H, King N, Roberts R, Seager V, Fraser B, Morrish J, Elliot A, Watts E, Webb S 2002. Selective breeding programmes for shellfish aquaculture in New Zealand. NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference 2002. Abstract.
View Nick's ResearchGate profile here
Listen to Nick speaking on FreshFM here
- Le DV, Young T, Alfaro AC, Watts E and King N 2017. Effect of neuroactive compounds on larval metamorphosis of New Zealand geoduck (Panopea zelandica). Aquaculture Research. Volume 48, Issue 6. Pages 3080-3090.
- Le DV, Alfaro AC, Pook C, Ragg NLC, Hilton Z and King N 2017. Biochemical composition of New Zealand geoduck clam broodstock (Panopea zelandica) conditioned under different temperature and feeding regimes. Aquaculture Research. Volume 48, Issue 4. Pages 1799-1814.
- Le DV, Alfaro AC, Ibarrola I, Ragg NLC, Hilton Z and King N 2017. Allometric scaling of physiological rates in the New Zealand geoduck clam, Panopea zelandica. Aquaculture. Volume 473. Pages 105-109.
- Le DV, Alfaro AC, Ragg NLC, Hilton Z and King N 2017. Establishing the thermal window for aerobic scope in New Zealand geoduck clams (Panopea zelandica). Journal of Comparative Physiology B. Volume 187, Issue 2. Pages 265-276.
- Camara MD, Yen S, Kaspar HF, Kesarcodi-Watson A, King N, Jeffs AG and Tremblay LA 2017. Assessment of heat shock and laboratory virus challenges to selectively breed for ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) resistance in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas. Aquaculture. Volume 469. Pages 50-58.
- Le DV, Alfaro AC, Ragg NLC, Hilton Z, Watts E and King N 2017. Functional morphology and performance of New Zealand geoduck clam (Panopea zelandica) larvae reared in a flow-through system. Aquaculture. Volume 468, Part 1. Pages 32-44.
- Kaspar H, Keys EF, King N, Smith KF, Kesarcodi-Watson A and Miller MR 2014. Continuous production of Chaetoceros calcitrans in a system suitable for commercial hatcheries. Aquaculture Volume 420. Pages 1- 9. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.10.021.
- Le DV, Alfaro AC and King N 2014. Broodstock conditioning of New Zealand geoduck (Panopea zelandica) within different temperature and feeding ration regimes. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. Volume 48, Issue 3. Pages 356-370.
- Alfaro AC, Jeffs AG and King N 2014. Enabling and driving aquaculture growth in New Zealand through innovation . New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. Volume 48, Issue 3.
- King N 2012. Development of mussel farming in New Zealand: Past, present and future. Journal of Shellfish Research 31(1): 305-305.
- Ragg NLC, King N, Watts E and Morrish J 2010. Optimising the delivery of the key dietary diatom Chaetoceros calcitrans to intensively cultured Greenshell™ mussel larvae, Perna canaliculus. Aquaculture 306(1-4): 270-280.
- Fidler A and King N 2007. Characterisation of candidate marker genes for the study of gametogenesis in the New Zealand Greenshell™ mussel (Perna canaliculus) . Aquaculture 272: S255-S256.
- Dungey HS, Carson MJ, Low CB and King N 2004. Potential niches for inter-specific hybrids with Pinus radiata in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 33: 295-318.
- Hsu L, Chauhan SS, Lindström H and King N 2003. Modulus of elasticity of stem vs branch wood in 7-year old Pinus radiata families. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 33: 35-46.
- Carran P and King N 1999. Frost protection for Radiata pine seed orchards - orchard frost protection trials 1998. Report to Seed Orchard Research Group. Lincoln Environmental.
- de Mora SJ, King N and Miller MC 1989. Tributyltin and total tin in marine sediments; profiles and apparent rate of degradation. Environmental Technology Letters 10:901-908.
- King N, Miller MC and de Mora SJ 1989. Tributyltin levels for sea water, sediment, and selected marine species in coastal Northland and Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 23: 287-294.