Dr Shane Kelly

BSc zoology, PhD biological science

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Honorary Academic


I have a relatively diverse range of research experience, with a strong emphasis on applied science, environmental assessment, marine conservation and resource management.  I completed my PhD on marine reserves and lobster ecology at the University of Auckland, and then spent my early career studying mussel recruitment processes, reef ecology and sponge aquaculture. For 5 ½ years I was Project Leader/Principal Advisor in Environmental Research and Monitoring at the Auckland Regional Council (ARC).  In this capacity I managed a number of major research, monitoring, and strategic projects.  These included State of the Environment monitoring programmes for water quality, sediment quality and ecosystem health, and the development of contaminant models for Auckland’s harbours.

In 2008 I established Coast and Catchment Ltd, which specialises in providing science and support services for natural resource management. Since then I have provided technical advice on the effects of a numerous coastal and landuse activities including the effects of stormwater and wastewater discharges, highway upgrades, dredging, mangrove removal and pollution spills.  My work has also included: state of the environment reporting; marine restoration; fisheries surveys; assessing environmental values in major harbours and estuaries; acting as a hearing commissioner; and providing technical advice on aquaculture development and regulation.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kelly, S., & Hikuroa, D. C. (2015). Environmental wellbeing of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau: Scoping Report and Implementation Plan. Coast and Catchment Limited.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel Hikuroa