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)

  • Castro, T., Grant, C., Wall, C., Welch, M., Marks, E., Fleming, C. J., ... Berry, S. (2016). Breastfeeding duration among a nationally representative multi-ethnic sample of New Zealand children. Paper presented at Paediatric Society of New Zealand 68th Annual Scientific Meeting 2016, Tauranga, New Zealand. 16 November - 19 November 2016. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32207
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Teresa Gontijo de Castro, Catherine Gilchrist, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant, Clare Wall
  • Grant, C. C., Chen, M.-H., Bandara, D. K., Marks, E. J., Gilchrist, C. A., Lewycka, S., ... Camargo, C. A. (2016). Antenatal immunisation intentions of expectant parents: Relationship to immunisation timeliness during infancy. Vaccine, 34 (11), 1379-1388. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.01.048
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sonia Lewycka, Cameron Grant, Catherine Gilchrist, Susan Morton
  • Berry, S., Morton, S., Atatoa Carr, P., Marks, E., Ritchie, S., Upton, A., ... Grant, C. (2015). Colonisation with Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes in New Zealand preschool children. The New Zealand medical journal, 128 (1410), 60-67.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Stephen Ritchie, Susan Morton
  • Morton, S. M. B., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Grant, C. C., Robinson, E. M., Bandara, D. K., Bird, A., ... Marks, E. J. (2013). Cohort Profile: Growing Up in New Zealand. International Journal of Epidemiology, 42 (1), 65-75. 10.1093/ije/dyr206
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Cameron Grant, Amy Bird, Karen Waldie, Clare Wall
  • Marks, E. J., & Print, C. (2011). What is Bioinformatics?. Paper presented at BEANZ BioLive Conference 2011, Auckland. 17 July - 21 July 2011.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cristin Print
  • Marks, E. J., Rodrigo, A. G., & Brunton, D. H. (2010). Using logistic regression models to predict breeding success in male Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae). POLAR BIOLOGY, 33 (8), 1083-1094. 10.1007/s00300-010-0793-0
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15499
  • Marks, E. J., Rodrigo, A. G., & Brunton, D. H. (2010). Ecstatic display calls of the Adélie penguin honestly predict male condition and breeding success. Behaviour, 147 (2), 165-184. 10.1163/000579509X12512863752751
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15496
  • Marks, E. J., Rodrigo, A. G., & Brunton, D. H. (2009). Spatial and temporal variation in the Ecstatic Display Call of the Adélie penguin. Paper presented at Annual Antarctic Conference, Auckland. 1 July - 3 July 2009.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16951

Contact details

Office hours

Mon-Wed ONLY

Primary location

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