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)

Contact details

Office hours

Mon-Wed ONLY

Primary office location

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