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)

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  • Wilcox, M., Kelly, S., & Jeffs, A. (2020). Patterns of settlement within a restored mussel bed site. Restoration Ecology, 28 (2), 337-346. 10.1111/rec.13075
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Wilcox, M., Kelly, S., & Jeffs, A. (2018). Ecological restoration of mussel beds onto soft-sediment using transplanted adults. Restoration Ecology, 26 (3), 581-590. 10.1111/rec.12607
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Bulmer, R. H., Kelly, S., & Jeffs, A. G. (2016). Light requirements of the seagrass, Zostera muelleri , determined by observations at the maximum depth limit in a temperate estuary, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50 (2), 183-194. 10.1080/00288330.2015.1120759
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Kelly, S., & Hikuroa, D. (2015). Environmental wellbeing of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau: Scoping report and implementation plan. Coast and Catchment Limited.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34865
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel Hikuroa
  • MacDiarmid, A. B., Freeman, D., & Kelly, S. (2013). Rock lobster biology and ecology: contributions to understanding through the Leigh Marine Laboratory 1962–2012. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 47 (3), 313-333. 10.1080/00288330.2013.810651
  • Bulmer, R., Kelly, S., & Jeffs, A. G. (2012). Hanging basket oyster farming: Assessing effects on seagrass using aerial photography. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 2 (3), 285-292. 10.3354/aei00046
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jeffs
  • Freeman, D. J., MacDiarmid, A. B., Taylor, R. B., Davidson, R. J., Grace, R. V., Haggitt, T. R., ... Shears, N. T. (2012). Trajectories of spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii recovery in New Zealand marine reserves: Is settlement a driver?. Environmental Conservation, 39 (3), 295-304. 10.1017/S037689291200015X
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Taylor, Nick Shears
  • Diaz Guisado, D., Cole, R. G., Davidson, R. J., Freeman, D. J., Kelly, S., Macdiarmid, A., ... Bell, J. J. (2012). Comparison of methodologies to quantify the effects of age and area of marine reserves on the density and size of targeted species. Aquatic Biology, 14 (2), 185-200. 10.3354/ab00391


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