Dr Mark Hope Oliver

PhD, MSc (Hons), BSc

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Senior Research Fellow


Masters in ruminant Physiology (University of Waikato). PhD in fetal growth physiology at the University of Auckland. Mark's current biomedical focus is on the consequences of premature birth and fetal growth restriction (FGR) for postnatal physiology, growth and health of the offspring. Related research includes developing treatments for FGR during pregnancy.

He is also developing new collaborations with researchers in Medicine, Surgery, Pharmacy and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Mark had on site responsibility for the establishment, development and management of the Research Farm Laboratory situated near Reporoa, South Waikato. He is working on increasing the range of research activities at the site for the University of Auckland, national and international collaborators, including commercial research provision and consultation.

Mark was a former double-term member of The University of Auckland Animal Ethics Committee and currently serves on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultative Committee (Ministry of Primary Industries).

Affiliations and collaborations:

  • Collaborations with research groups at AgResearch and Massey University
  • Collaborations within University of Auckland include ABI, Dept Medicine and Surgery.
  • Commercial research provision and consultancy activities for Mark Oliver managed by UniServices Ltd

Personal quote:

“In my research I always look for synergies between biomedical, production and animal health and welfare. I am uniquely qualified to work between these research platforms and am always keen to form new collaborations.”


Research | Current

  • Maternal environment and its effect on postnatal disease in the offspring
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Health, welfare and nutrition during pregnancy (sheep and cattle)
  • Prematurity
  • Specialised nutrition for pregnant and young, growing ruminants

Research theme:

Major research funding:

  • Associate Investigator on HRC Programme Grant
  • UniServices Ltd commercial project grants (2 active)
  • Uniservices Ltd commercial consultancy (1 active)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sciascia, Q. L., van der Linden, D. S., Sales, F. A., Wards, N. J., Blair, H. T., Pacheco, D., ... McCoard, S. A. (2019). Parenteral administration of l-arginine to twin-bearing Romney ewes during latepregnancy is associated with reduced milk somatic cell count during early lactation. Journal of dairy science, 102 (4), 3071-3081. 10.3168/jds.2018-15433
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46771
  • Morrison, J. L., Berry, M. J., Botting, K. J., Darby, J. R. T., Frasch, M. G., Gatford, K. L., ... Herrera, E. A. (2018). Improving pregnancy outcomes in humans through studies in sheep. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, 315 (6), R1123-R1153. 10.1152/ajpregu.00391.2017
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45534
  • Swanson, M. E. V., Murray, H. C., Oliver, M. H., Waldvogel, H. J., Firth, E. C., & Curtis, M. A. (2017). Imposed running exercise does not alter cell proliferation in the neurogenic niches of young lambs. Journal of Animal Science, 95 (10), 4381-4390. 10.2527/jas2017.1710
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Murray, Henry Waldvogel, Maurice Curtis, Molly Swanson
  • Donovan, E. L., Buckels, E. J., Hancock, S., Smeitink, D., Oliver, M. H., Bloomfield, F. H., & Jaquiery, A. L. (2017). Twin conception in sheep leads to impaired insulin sensitivity and sexually dimorphic adipose tissue and skeletal muscle phenotypes in adulthood. Reproductive Sciences, 24 (6), 865-881. 10.1177/1933719116670516
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Anne Jaquiery, Emma Buckels
  • Spiroski, A. M., Oliver, M. H., Jaquiery, A. L., Prickett, T. C. R., Espiner, E. A., Harding, J. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2017). Postnatal effects of intrauterine treatment of the growth-restricted ovine fetus with intra-amniotic insulin-like growth factor-1. The Journal of Physiology10.1113/JP274999
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42406
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding
  • Oliver, M. H., & Rossenrode, S. (2017). Optimised welfare for sheep in research and teaching. In D. M. Ferguson, C. Lee, A. Fisher (Eds.) Advances in sheep welfare (pp. 263-281). Oxford, UK: Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier Ltd. 10.1016/B978-0-08-100718-1.00014-5
  • Hegarty, J. E., Harding, J. E., Oliver, M. H., Gamble, G., Dickson, J. L., Chase, G., & Jaquiery, A. L. (2017). Oral dextrose gel to improve survival in less vigorous newborn triplet lambs: A randomised controlled trial. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 60 (1), 54-69. 10.1080/00288233.2016.1240091
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32150
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Hegarty, Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble
  • Berry, M. J., Jaquiery, A. L., Oliver, M. H., Harding, J. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Neonatal milk supplementation in lambs has persistent effects on growth and metabolic function that differ by sex and gestational age. The British Journal of Nutrition, 116 (11), 1912-1925. 10.1017/s0007114516004013
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34431
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding

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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
New Zealand

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