Mr Craig Roger Norrie

MSc (Hons) - University of Auckland

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I completed my BSc and postgraduate diploma at the University of Otago in Dunedin before moving overseas. I returned to New Zealand and completed my MSc at the University of Auckland. My MSc research focused using laser ablation plasma mass spectrometry based microchemical fingerprinting techniques to track the dispersal of marine larvae over local intra-estuary scales. I am currently completing a PhD investigating population connectivity and larval dispersal of green lipped mussels in the Hauraki Gulf.

Research | Current

My PhD research focus on population connectivity through larval dispersal of green lipped mussels in the Haurkai Gulf. I am using trace elemental fingerprinting techniques which involve using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) on mussel shells. This provides information on the chemical composition of the shell which can be matched back to a particular spawning location. I am also using biophysical models in to determine how currents may move larvae around the gulf and how this compares to the results of the microchemical fingerprinting.

This research will provide information for restoration and management of mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf, including understanding the sources of mussel larvae, and whether larvae from mussel aquaculture are contributing to the seeding of relict and restored populations in the gulf

Teaching | Current

I curently both tutor and demonstrate in a number of first year biology papers. 


University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lundquist, C. J., Bulmer, R. H., Clark, M. R., Hillman, J. R., Nelson, W. A., Norrie, C. R., ... Hewitt, J. E. (2017). Challenges for the conservation of marine small natural features. Biological Conservation, 211 (pt. B), 69-79. 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.12.027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Carolyn Lundquist, Wendy Nelson, Judi Hewitt, Jenny Hillman
  • Norrie, C. R., Dunphy, B. J., Baker, J., & Lundquist, C. J. (2016). Local scale variation in trace elemental fingerprints of the estuarine bivalve Austrovenus stutchburyi within and between estuaries. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 559, 89-102. 10.3354/meps11890
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joel Baker, Brendon Dunphy, Carolyn Lundquist
  • Norrie, C. R. (2015). Potential use of laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) techniques for determining larval dispersal of Austrovenus stutchburyi in Whangarei Harbour The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Besson, A. A., Thierry, A., Boros, E., Allen, K., Bradley, S., Norrie, C., & Cree, A. (2009). Evidence of Food Chemical Discrimination in Tuatara (O. Rhynchocephalia): Comparison with a Gekkotan Lizard (O. Squamata). Journal of Herpetology, 43 (1), 124-131. 10.1670/08-164R.1


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 321
New Zealand

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