Dr Andrew Greig Jeffs

PhD (Auckland), MSc (Auckland), BSc (Auckland)


Staff member of both the Institute of Marine Science and School of Biological Science

Research | Current

My research interests are highly varied and include aquaculture, lobster biology, and the biological role of underwater sound.

I particularly enjoy working closely with the seafood industry on applied research projects, as well as more esoteric marine ecological issues.

Some examples of current projects are investigating the biology of mussel larvae, aquaculture of lobsters, and the biochemistry of oceanic plankton. I have a particular interest in the mysterious nature of cross-continental shelf transport of lobster larvae and this research is using a mix of field and laboratory techniques.

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate research opportunities

  • Investigating the role of underwater sounds in influencing the behaviour of pelagic crabs, shrimps, lobsters and fishes
  • Investigating the early biology and ecology of mussel larvae and juveniles as it relates to aquaculture applications
  • Exploring the biochemical energetics of lobster, fish and crab larvae
  • Investigating transparent tissues of offshore marine organisms
  • Determining the aquaculture potential of New Zealand inshore octopus species
  • Orientation behaviour and spatial memory in lobsters
  • Molecular genetics techniques for identifying the food of ocean going lobster larvae
  • Describing the post-larvae of spiny lobsters of the world
  • Aspects of improving the commercial aquaculture of abalone
  • Aquaculture of new sea urchin species for New Zealand

Some of these projects will involve commercial research partners and there is potential to attract funding.

Current postgraduate projects

  • Mussel seed biology and capture in the Hauraki Gulf - Rebecca Smith, PhD
  • Food finding behaviour of New Zealand deep water lobsters or scampi - Rob Major, PhD
  • Assessment of potential native aquaculture species for oyster farms - Candace Loy, PhD
  • Aspects of the aquaculture potential of of New Zealand deep water lobsters or scampi - Kevin Heasman, PhD


Past postgraduate projects

  • Enhancement of green-lipped mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf - Mark Wilcox, PhD
  • Influence of anthropogenic sound on crab behaviour - Matt Pine, PhD
  • Environmental impact of spiny lobster aquaculture – Soxi Lee, PhD
  • Biology and control of nuisance barnacles in mussel farms – Davide Zazzaro, PhD
  • Nutrition of New Zealand sea cucumbers - Leonardo Zamora, PhD
  • Larval settlement dynamics of snapper - Carina Sim-Smith, PhD
  • Ecology and biocontrol of pea crabs in mussel farms – Oliver Trottier, PhD
  • Identification of prey of larval lobsters using molecular genetics techniques - Richard O’Rorke, PhD
  • Novel approaches to the prevention of fouling on aquaculture structures - Patrick Cahill, PhD
  • Nutritional biology of lobster larvae - Miao Wang, PhD
  • Larval connectivity in green-lipped mussel - Mark Fitzpatrick, MSc
  • Recovery of waste lobster meat - Chris Young, MSc
  • Aquaculture of New Zealand sea cucumbers - Matt Slater, PhD.
  • The dietary requirements of the red rock lobster for aquaculture - Cedric Simon, PhD
  • The Nursery feeding of aquacultured abalone - Matt Dyck, MSc.
  • Growth performance and oxygen requirements of aquacultured abalone - Stephen Moore, MSc

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Heasman, K. G., & Jeffs, A. G. (2019). Fecundity and potential juvenile production for aquaculture of the New Zealand Scampi, Metanephrops challengeri (Balss, 1914) (Decapoda: Nephropidae). Aquaculture, 511.10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.05.069
  • García-Echauri LL, Liggins, G., & Jeffs, A. (2019). Resistance to starvation in settling spiny lobsters in warming coastal waters. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 623, 39-50. 10.3354/meps13006
  • Zha, H., Lewis, G., Waite, D. W., Wu, J., Chang, K., Dong, Y., & Jeffs, A. (2019). Bacterial communities associated with tail fan necrosis in spiny lobster, Jasus edwardsii. FEMS microbiology ecology, 95 (6).10.1093/femsec/fiz070
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Waite, Gillian Lewis
  • Ammon, U., Swift, L., Brand, S., Jeffs, A., & Swift, S. (2019). Review of in-water hull encapsulation and enclosure treatments for eliminating marine biofouling. , 2019 Ministry of Primary Industries. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46499
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Swift
  • South, P. M., Floerl, O., & Jeffs, A. G. (2019). The role of biofouling development in the loss of seed mussels in aquaculture. Biofouling, 35 (2), 259-272. 10.1080/08927014.2019.1596261
  • Woodings, L. N., Murphy, N. P., Jeffs, A., Suthers, I. M., Liggins, G. W., & Strugnell, J. M. (2019). Distribution of Palinuridae and Scyllaridae phyllosoma larvae within the East Australian Current: A climate change hot spot. Marine and Freshwater Research, 70 (7), 1020-1033. 10.1071/MF18331
  • Cetina-Heredia, P., Roughan, M., Liggins, G., Coleman, M. A., & Jeffs, A. (2019). Correction: Mesoscale circulation determines broad spatio-temporal settlement patterns of lobster. PloS one, 14 (4)10.1371/journal.pone.0214996
  • Suong, N. T., Banks, J. C., Fidler, A., Jeffs, A., Wakeman, K. C., & Webb, S. (2019). PCR and histology identify new bivalve hosts of Apicomplexan-X (APX), a common parasite of the New Zealand flat oyster Ostrea chilensis. Diseases of aquatic organisms, 132 (3), 181-189. 10.3354/dao03318


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Phone: +64 9 379 3817

Cellphone: +64 21 256 3303

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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 317
New Zealand

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