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)

  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Hobbs, Cameron Grant, Mark Thomas, Susan Morton, Stephen Ritchie
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43432
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Susan Morton, Caroline Walker, Teresa Gontijo de Castro, Russell Snell
  • Marks, E. J., Grant, C. C., Castro, T. G., Bandara, D. K., Wall, C. R., & Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Agreement between Future Parents on Infant Feeding Intentions and Its Association with Breastfeeding Duration: Results from the Growing Up in New Zealand Cohort Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (6)10.3390/ijerph15061230
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44798
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Teresa Gontijo de Castro, Cameron Grant, Susan Morton, Clare Wall
  • Morton, S. M. B., Grant, C. C., Walker, C. G., Berry, S. D., Meissel, K., Ly, K., ... Wilson, S. (2018). Growing up in New Zealand: A longitudinal study of New Zealand children and their families. Transition to school. Auckland, New Zealand: Growing Up in New Zealand. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43140
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kane Meissel, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant, Caroline Walker, Lisa Underwood, Jacinta Fa'alili-Fidow, Avinesh Pillai

Contact details

Office hours

Mon-Wed ONLY

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand