Associate Professor Craig Aaron Radford

PhD (Auckland), MSc (Canterbury), BSc (Waikato)

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

My research interests are varied and include sensory physiology of fish (including sharks) and crustaceans, vocal communication in fish, recruitment processes in fish and crustaceans and the biological role of underwater sound.

I am particularly interested in the sensory physiology in fish which has been the basis of two productive international collaborators Professor Dennis Higgs (University of Windsor, Canada) and Professor Allen Mensinger (Marine Biological Laboratory, USA). Other interest is in the biological role of ambient underwater sound and in particularly the role of soundscape ecology in the marine environment, hearing physiolog and morphology of sharks (Prof. Kim Hollands University of Hawaii, Assiss. Prof. Kara Yopak University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Prof. Peter Rogers Georgia Tech).

Some examples of current projects are; the role the lateral line plays in fish sound source localisation, vocalising behaviour of the New Zealand Bigeye, using passive acoustics as a environmental monitoring tool, and the role of acoustics in the competitive patch foraging between large pelagic predators.


Teaching | Current

Marine 702 Techniques in Marine Science

BioSci 329 - The Biology of Fish

Marine 302 - Dynamics of Marine Systems

Marine 202 - Principles of Marine Science

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate research opportunities

  • Role of the lateral line in sound source localisation
  • Multisensory processing of sensory cues in fish
  • Ontogenetic hearing abilities of crustaceans
  • Animal acoustic communication – characterising fish sounds and their context
  • Effects of anthropogenic noise on the biological role of ambient underwater sounds
  • Using passive acoustic recording as an environmental monitoring technique
  • Shallow water sound propagation
  • Using microCT and MRI as tools to characterise sensory structures in fish

Current post-graduate projects

  • The contribution of recreational boat noise to the Hauraki Gulf - Louise Wilson
  • Soundscapes of the Cook Strait region - Victoria Warren
  • Feeding energetics of New Zealand rock lobster - Ashley Flood
  • Directional hearing in sharks – Carolin Nieder
  • Ecoacoustic indices - Zohara Rafi
  • Morphology of hearing systems in sharks - Derek Sauer



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kelly, M. L., Spreitzenbarth, S., Kerr, C. C., Hemmi, J. M., Lesku, J. A., Radford, C. A., & Collin, S. P. (2020). Behavioural sleep in two species of buccal pumping sharks (Heterodontus portusjacksoniandCephaloscyllium isabellum). JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH10.1111/jsr.13139
  • Kelly, M. L., Murray, E. R. P., Kerr, C. C., Radford, C. A., Collin, S. P., Lesku, J. A., & Hemmi, J. M. (2020). Diverse Activity Rhythms in Sharks (Elasmobranchii). JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS, 35 (5), 476-488. 10.1177/0748730420932066
  • Kibele, C. S., Montgomery, J. C., & Radford, C. A. (2019). The use of evoked potentials to determine sensory sub-modality contributions to acoustic and hydrodynamic sensing. Journal of comparative physiology. A, Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology, 205 (6), 855-865. 10.1007/s00359-019-01371-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Montgomery
  • Putland, R. L., Montgomery, J. C., & Radford, C. A. (2019). Ecology of fish hearing. Journal of fish biology, 95 (1), 39-52. 10.1111/jfb.13867
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Montgomery
  • Cardinal, E. A., Radford, C. A., & Mensinger, A. F. (2018). Potential role of the anterior lateral line in sound localization in toadfish (Opsanus tau). The Journal of experimental biology, 221 (Pt 23).10.1242/jeb.180679
  • Mensinger, A. F., Putland, R. L., & Radford, C. A. (2018). The effect of motorboat sound on Australian snapper Pagrus auratus inside and outside a marine reserve. Ecology and Evolution, 8 (13), 6438-6448. 10.1002/ece3.4002
  • Putland, R. L., Merchant, N., Fracas, A., & Radford, C. A. (2018). Vessel noise cuts down communication space for vocalizing fish and marine mammals. Global Change Biology, 24 (4), 1708-1721. 10.1111/gcb.13996
  • Radford, C. A., Putland, R. L., & Mensinger, A. F. (2018). Barking mad: The vocalisation of the John Dory, Zeus faber. PloS one, 13 (10)10.1371/journal.pone.0204647


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 112
New Zealand

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