Dr Emma Marks

BSc – University of Auckland (1999) PhD – University of Auckland (2007)

Research | Current

My research largely revolves around studying the evolution of breeding behaviour, communication, sexual selection and mate choice in colonially breeding animal species. I am also affilliated with the Bioinfomatics Institute and maintain a wide range of research interests relating to the evolutionary patterns of life.

I am currently involved with Growing Up in New Zealand a longitudinal study that aims to understand child development in New Zealand over time. The conceptual framework for Growing Up in New Zealand takes a lifecourse approach to child development. It recognises the dynamic interactions between children and their environments across a broad range of influences, from their immediate family environments to their wider societal context. In particular, I am working on the influences of child genetics, epigenetics and microbiome on child health and development.


Areas of expertise

Behavioural ecology, Bioinformatics approaches to ecological data, multivariate statistical analyses & longitudinal data and research methodologies (including the use of biological samples for genetic, epigenetic and microbiome analyses).

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Lai, H., Hales, S., Woodward, A., Walker, C., Marks, E., Pillai, A., ... Morton, S. M. (2020). Effects of heavy rainfall on waterborne disease hospitalizations among young children in wet and dry areas of New Zealand. Environment international, 14510.1016/j.envint.2020.106136
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Hofman, Hakkan Lai, Alistair Woodward, Caroline Walker, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton
  • Thayer, Z. M., Walker, C., Marks, E., Ly, K., Berry, S., & Morton, S. (2020). What is the best way to measure biological impacts of early adversity? Assessing the biological impacts of early life threat versus deprivation.. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Morton
  • Ly, K., Walker, C., Berry, S., Snell, R., Marks, E., Thayer, Z., ... Morton, S. (2019). Telomere length in early childhood is associated with sex and ethnicity. Scientific reports, 9 (1)10.1038/s41598-019-46338-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Caroline Walker, Russell Snell, Susan Morton
  • Thayer, Z. M., Walker, C., Ly, K., Marks, E., & Morton, S. (2019). Developmental origins of health disparities: Early life adversity and DNA methylation in childhood. Paper presented at 88th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA), Cleveland, OH. 27 March - 30 March 2019. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Morton
  • Castro, T. G., Grant, C. C., wall, C. R., Welch, M., Marks, E., Fleming, C. J., ... Morton, S. M. (2019). Breastfeeding indicators and associations with maternal sociodemographic characteristics: Results from Growing up in New Zealand cohort study. Paper presented at Conference of the New Zealand Lactant Consultants Association 2019, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 February - 23 February 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Teresa Gontijo de Castro, Cameron Grant, Susan Morton
  • Wallander, J. L., Berry, S., Atatoa Carr, P., Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K. E., Marks, E., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2019). Patterns of exposure to Cumulative Risk Through Age 2 and associations with problem behaviors at age 4.5: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology10.1007/s10802-019-00521-w
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Waldie, Elizabeth Peterson, Stephanie D'Souza, Susan Morton
  • Hobbs, M. R., Grant, C. C., Thomas, M. G., Berry, S., Morton, S. M. B., Marks, E., & Ritchie, S. R. (2018). Staphylococcus aureus colonisation and its relationship with skin and soft tissue infection in New Zealand children. European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology, 37 (10), 2001-2010. 10.1007/s10096-018-3336-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Hobbs, Cameron Grant, Mark Thomas, Susan Morton, Stephen Ritchie, Paul Hofman
  • Berry, S. D., Walker, C. G., Ly, K., Snell, R. G., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Re: "Widespread prevalence of a CREBRF variant amongst Māori and Pacific children is associated with weight and height in early childhood". International journal of obesity (2005), 42 (7), 1392-1393. 10.1038/s41366-018-0026-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Susan Morton, Caroline Walker, Teresa Gontijo de Castro, Russell Snell

Contact details

Office hours

Mon-Wed ONLY

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1115
New Zealand