- PhD (Environmental Science). James Cook University, Australia, 2002
- BSc (Marine Biology, Hons). University of Wales, Bangor, 1998
Role at Cawthron
Oli is a coastal marine ecologist and senior scientist in Cawthron's Coastal and Freshwater Group. His particular focus areas are marine biosecurity and biofouling management. Over the past 15 years, Oli has worked on science, R&D and advisory projects for a wide range of New Zealand and international clients including regulatory agencies, maritime industries (shipping, ports and marinas, aquaculture) and conservation groups.
His work has generally aimed to improve our understanding and management of marine biosecurity risks and to lessen the operational and economic impacts of biofouling growth on vessels and marine infrastructure. At Cawthron, Oli engages in a range of science and consultancy projects for clients and collaborators in government, industry and other research institutions.
Oli is a current member of the IMarEST Biofouling Management Expert Group. Prior to joining Cawthron in July 2014, Oli was a senior scientist and programme leader for biofouling research at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture in Norway (2012-14) and a scientist in the Biodiversity and Biosecurity group at NIWA (2002-12). For technical and client reports on biosecurity management and aquaculture prepared while working in these previous positions please contact Oli directly.
Technical skills, experience and interests
- Biofouling management in maritime industries
- Biosecurity science to underpin management and policy development,
- Biosecurity pathway management tools
- Design and implementation of baseline, delimitation and monitoring surveys for coastal species and habitats
- Development of incursion response and pest management strategies
- Ecological studies to understand human influences on coastal systems
- South PM, Floerl O, Forrest BM and Thomsen MS 2017. A review of three decades of research on the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida in Australasia: An assessment of its success, impacts and status as one of the world's worst invaders. Marine Environmental Research. Volume 131, Issue October 2017. Pages 243-257.
- Schimanski KB, Goldstien SJ, Hopkins GA, Atalah J and Floerl O 2017. Life history stage and vessel voyage profile can influence shipping-mediated propagule pressure of non-indigenous biofouling species. Biological Invasions. Volume 15, Issue 7. Pages 2089-2099.
- South PM, Floerl O and Jeffs AG 2017. Differential effects of adult mussels on the retention and fine-scale distribution of juvenile seed mussels and biofouling organisms in long-line aquaculture. Aquaculture Environment Interactions. Volume 9. Pages 239-256.
- Zaiko A, Schimanski K, Pochon X, Hopkins GA, Goldstein S, Floerl O and Wood SA 2016. Metabarcoding improves detection of eukaryotes from early biofouling communities: implications for pest monitoring and pathway management. Biofouling. Volume 32, Issue 6. Pages 671-684.
- Sylvester F and Floerl O 2014. Assessment of in-service vessels for biosecurity risk. In: Dobretsov S, Williams D, Thomason J (eds) Biofouling Methods. Wiley-Blackwell. Pages 271-280.
- Floerl O 2014. Challenges and opportunities for marine biosecurity management in the Arctic. In: Vestergaard N, Kaiser B and Fernandez L (eds.) Marine invasive species management in the Arctic. TemaNord, Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen.
- Ware C, Berge J, Sundet J, Kirkpatrick J, Coutts A, Jelmert A, Olsen S, Floerl O and Alsos I 2013. Climate change, non-indigenous species and shipping: assessing the risk of species introduction to a high-Arctic archipelago. Diversity & Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12117.
- Floerl O, Rickard G, Inglis G and Roulston H 2013. Predicted effects of climate change on potential sources of non-indigenous marine species. Diversity & Distributions 19:257-267.
- Woods CMC, Floerl O and Jones L 2012. Biosecurity risks associated with in-water and shore-based marine vessel hull cleaning operations. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64:1392-1401.
- Woods CMC, Floerl O and Hayden BJ 2011. Biofouling on Greenshell™ mussel (Perna canaliculus) farms: a preliminary assessment and potential implications for sustainable aquaculture practices. Aquaculture International. doi: 10.1007/s10499-011-9484-2.
- Floerl O, Inglis G, Dey K and Smith A 2009. The importance of transport hubs in stepping-stone invasions. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 37-45.
- Floerl O, Inglis G and Gordon D 2009. Patterns of taxonomic diversity and relatedness among native and non-indigenous bryozoans. Diversity and Distributions 15: 438-449.
- Floerl O and Coutts A 2009. Potential ramifications of the global economic crisis on human-mediated dispersal of marine non-indigenous species. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58: 1595-1598.
- Kilroy C, Snelder T, Floerl O, Vieglais C and Dey K 2008. A rapid technique for stratifying the suitability of areas for invasive species. Diversity and Distributions 14(2): 262-272.
- Savini D, Occhipinti A, Minchin D and Floerl O 2006. A concealed aspect in coastal water conservation: the diffusion of alien introduced species by recreational boating. Biol. Mar. Medit. 13: 764-772.
- Minchin D, Floerl O, Savini D and Occhipinti A 2006. Small craft and the spread of exotic species. In: Julia L. Davenport and John Davenport (eds). The ecology of transportation: managing mobility for the environment. Series: Environmental Pollution Volume 10. Springer-Verlag. Pages 99-118.
- Floerl O, Inglis G and Hayden BJ 2005. A risk-based predictive tool to prevent accidental introductions of non-indigenous marine species. Environmental Management 35(6): 765-778.
- Floerl O and Inglis G 2005. Starting the invasion pathway: the interaction between source populations and human transport vectors. Biological Invasions 7(4): 589-606.
- Floerl O, Inglis G and Marsh HM 2005. Selectivity in vector management: an investigation of the effectiveness of measures used to prevent transport of non-indigenous species. Biological Invasions 7: 459-475.
- Floerl O, Pool TK and Inglis G 2004. Positive interactions between non-indigenous species facilitate transport by human vectors. Ecological Applications 14(6): 1724-1736.
- Floerl O and Inglis GJ 2003. Boat harbour design can exacerbate hull fouling. Austral Ecology 28(2): 116-127.