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 104 - New Zealand Conservation & Ecology

BIOSCI 333 - Marine Ecology


BIOSCI 100 - Antarctica

BIOSCI 104 - New Zealand Conservation & Ecology

MARINE 100G - The Oceans Around Us

MARINE 202 - Marine Science

BIOSCI 394 - Conservation Biology

BIOSCI 735 - Behavioural Ecology


Postgraduate supervision

PhD Students:

Olivia Hamilton - Hauraki Gulf Mega-fauna

Sahar Izadi - Bryde's Whale Foraging Behaviour

Ros Putland - Acoustic Ecology

Leena Riekkola - Humpback Whale Migration

Jenn Shepperd - Mallard Duck Population Biology


MSc Students:

Megan Meyers - Whale Shark Habitat Use

Philippa Ebdon - Bryde's Whale Ship-strike Mitigation


Director, Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science

Research Group Leader - Marine Mammal Ecology Group

Senior Lecturer - School of Biological Sciences & Institute of Marine Science

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • Constantine, R., Johnson, M., Riekkola, L., Jervis, S., Kozmian-Ledward, L., Dennis, T., ... Aguilar de Soto, N. (2015). Mitigation of vessel-strike mortality of endangered Bryde’s whales in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Biological Conservation, 186, 149-157. 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.03.008
  • Hamner, R. M., Wade, P., Oremus, M., Stanley, M., Brown, P., Constantine, R., & Baker, C. S. (2014). Critically low abundance and limits to human-related mortality for the Maui’s dolphin. Endangered Species Research, 26 (1), 87-92. 10.3354/esr00621
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles Baker