Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine


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Associate Professor

Research | Current

See the Marine Mammal Ecology Group webpage for research projects:

Teaching | Current

Course Director:

BIOSCI 333 - Marine Ecology


BIOSCI 100 - Antarctica

BIOSCI 109 - Ecology & Evolution

BIOSCI 333 - Marine Ecology

BIOSCI 394 - Conservation Biology

BIOSCI 735 - Behavioural Ecology


Postgraduate supervision

PhD Students:

Olivia Hamilton - Hauraki Gulf Mega-fauna (Rachel Fewster, Cameron Walker & Leigh Torres)

Leena Riekkola - Humpback Whale Migration (Alex Zerbini, Gin Andrews-Goff & Ari Firedlaender)

Victoria Warren - Baleen Whale Acoustics (Craig Radford & Kim Goetz)

April Ettington - Baleen Whale Olfaction (Richard Newcomb)

Edy Setyawan - Manta Ray Spatial Ecology and Distribution (Mark Erdmann)

Zohara Rafi - Acoustics for Abundance Estimations (Rachel Fewster & Craig Radford)


MSc Students:

Catherine Meyer - Pilot Whale Social Structure


Research Group Leader - Marine Mammal Ecology Group

Pathway Leader - Marine Biology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Riekkola, L., Zerbini, A. N., Andrews, O., Andrews-Goff, V., Baker, C. S., Chandler, D., ... Donnelly, D. (2018). Application of a multi-disciplinary approach to reveal population structure and Southern Ocean feeding grounds of humpback whales. Ecological Indicators, 89, 455-465. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.02.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles Baker, Leena Riekkola
  • Hamilton, O. N. P., Kincaid, S. E., Constantine, R., Kozmian-Ledward, L., Walker, C. G., & Fewster, R. M. (2018). Accounting for uncertainty in duplicate identification and group size judgements in mark-recapture distance sampling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9 (2), 354-362. 10.1111/2041-210X.12895
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rachel Fewster, Cameron Walker
  • Putland, R. L., Ranjard, L., Constantine, R., & Radford, C. A. (2018). A hidden Markov model approach to indicate Bryde’s whale acoustics. Ecological Indicators, 84, 479-487. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.09.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Radford
  • Patel, S., Thompson, K. F., Santure, A. W., Constantine, R., & Millar, C. D. (2017). Genetic kinship analyses reveal that Gray's beaked whales strand in unrelated groups. Journal of Heredity, 108 (4), 456-461. 10.1093/jhered/esx021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Santure, Craig Millar
  • Putland, R. L., Constantine, R., & Radford, C. A. (2017). Exploring spatial and temporal trends in the soundscape of an ecologically significant embayment. Scientific Reports, 710.1038/s41598-017-06347-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Radford
  • Lindsay, R. E., Constantine, R., Robbins, J., Mattila, D. K., Tagarino, A., & Dennis, T. E. (2016). Characterising essential breeding habitat for whales informs the development of large-scale Marine Protected Areas in the South Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 548, 263-275. 10.3354/meps11663
  • Thompson, K. F., Patel, S., Baker, C. S., Constantine, R., & Millar, C. D. (2016). Bucking the trend: genetic analysis reveals high diversity, large population size and low differentiation in a deep ocean cetacean. Heredity, 116 (3), 277-285. 10.1038/hdy.2015.99
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles Baker, Craig Millar
  • Garland, E. C., Goldizen, A. W., Lilley, M. S., Rekdahl, M. L., Garrigue, C., Constantine, R., ... Noad, M. J. (2015). Population structure of humpback whales in the western and central South Pacific Ocean as determined by vocal exchange among populations. Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, 29 (4), 1198-1207. 10.1111/cobi.12492


Contact details

Primary office location

COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
Level 1, Room 110
New Zealand

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