Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine


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Associate Professor

Research | Current

See the Marine Mammal Ecology Group webpage for research projects:

Teaching | Current

Course Director:

BIOSCI 333 - Marine Ecology


BIOSCI 100 - Antarctica

BIOSCI 109 - Ecology & Evolution

BIOSCI 333 - Marine Ecology

BIOSCI 394 - Conservation Biology

BIOSCI 735 - Behavioural Ecology


Postgraduate supervision

PhD Students:

Olivia Hamilton - Hauraki Gulf Mega-fauna (Rachel Fewster, Cameron Walker & Leigh Torres)

Leena Riekkola - Humpback Whale Migration (Alex Zerbini, Gin Andrews-Goff & Ari Firedlaender)

Victoria Warren - Baleen Whale Acoustics (Craig Radford & Kim Goetz)

April Ettington - Baleen Whale Olfaction (Richard Newcomb)

Edy Setyawan - Manta Ray Spatial Ecology and Distribution (Mark Erdmann)

Zohara Rafi - Acoustics for Abundance Estimations (Rachel Fewster & Craig Radford)


MSc Students:

Catherine Meyer - Pilot Whale Social Structure


Research Group Leader - Marine Mammal Ecology Group

Pathway Leader - Marine Biology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Derville, S., Torres, L. G., Albertson, R., Andrews, O., Baker, C. S., Carzon, P., ... Gannier, A. (2019). Whales in warming water: Assessing breeding habitat diversity and adaptability in Oceania's changing climate. Global Change Biology, 25 (4), 1466-1481. 10.1111/gcb.14563
  • Carroll, E. L., Gallego, R., Sewell, M. A., Zeldis, J., Ranjard, L., Ross, H. A., ... Constantine, R. (2019). Multi-locus DNA metabarcoding of zooplankton communities and scat reveal trophic interactions of a generalist predator. Scientific reports, 9 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-36478-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emma Carroll, Mary Sewell, Richard Newcomb
  • Constantine, R., Iwata, T., Nieukirk, S. L., & Penry, G. S. (2018). Future directions in research on Bryde's whales. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5 (SEP).10.3389/fmars.2018.00333
  • Riekkola, L., Zerbini, A. N., Andrews, O., Andrews-Goff, V., Baker, C. S., Chandler, D., ... Donnelly, D. (2018). Application of a multi-disciplinary approach to reveal population structure and Southern Ocean feeding grounds of humpback whales. Ecological Indicators, 89, 455-465. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.02.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Leena Riekkola
  • Hamilton, O. N. P., Kincaid, S. E., Constantine, R., Kozmian-Ledward, L., Walker, C. G., & Fewster, R. M. (2018). Accounting for uncertainty in duplicate identification and group size judgements in mark-recapture distance sampling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9 (2), 354-362. 10.1111/2041-210X.12895
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rachel Fewster, Cameron Walker
  • Putland, R. L., Ranjard, L., Constantine, R., & Radford, C. A. (2018). A hidden Markov model approach to indicate Bryde’s whale acoustics. Ecological Indicators, 84, 479-487. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.09.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Radford
  • Patel, S., Thompson, K. F., Santure, A. W., Constantine, R., & Millar, C. D. (2017). Genetic kinship analyses reveal that Gray's beaked whales strand in unrelated groups. Journal of Heredity, 108 (4), 456-461. 10.1093/jhered/esx021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Santure, Craig Millar
  • Putland, R. L., Constantine, R., & Radford, C. A. (2017). Exploring spatial and temporal trends in the soundscape of an ecologically significant embayment. Scientific Reports, 710.1038/s41598-017-06347-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Radford


Contact details

Primary office location

COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
Level 1, Room 110
New Zealand

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