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Dr Edward Abraham
PO Box 27535, Wellington 6141,
+64 43859285

I was brought up on a farm near Mangaweka. My mother taught biology at Taihape College, and Dad was interested in all aspects of natural history, so I had science in me from early on. Although inclined to poke around looking for plants and animals, I got attracted by the order of mathematics and the big picture questions, and went on to study theoretical physics. My PhD was old-fashioned pencil and paper, screes of algebra and plenty of time in the library. Eventually the life sciences drew me back, and I worked at NIWA as an oceanographer. I was fascinated by the interplay between physical process in the upper ocean and the growth of plankton, and studied how spatial pattern formed in the plankton. Satellite imagery shows swirls and filaments characteristic of stirred fluids, and it seemed interesting to understand how they were maintained.

Currently I have moved away from theoretical into applied science, and am working on documenting the catch of seabirds in commercial fisheries. This is collaborative work that engages a wide range of people, from fishers and fisheries managers, to other scientists, to people working in NGOs. We are doing the statistical analysis that is needed to help understanding the extent of bycatch issues, and to help do something about them.

Publications by Edward Abraham

Abraham, ER, Pierre JP, Middleton DAJ, Cleal J, Walker NA, Waugh SM. 2009. Effectiveness of fish waste management strategies in reducing seabird attendance at a trawl vessel. Fisheries Research. 95: 210–219
Waugh, DW, Abraham ER. 2008. Stirring in the global surface ocean. Geophysical Research Letters. 35:
Abraham, ER. 2007. Sea-urchin feeding fronts. Ecological Complexity. 4: 161–168
Waugh, DW, Abraham ER, Bowen MM. 2006. Spatial Variations of Stirring in the Surface Ocean: A Case Study of the Tasman Sea. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 36: 526–542
Bakker, DCE, BOYD PW, Abraham ER, Charette MA, Gall MP, Hall JA, LAW CS, Nodder SD, Safi K, Singleton DJ et al.. 2006. Matching carbon pools and fluxes for the Southern Ocean Iron Release Experiment (SOIREE). Deep-Sea Research Part I. 53: 1941–1960
LAW, CS, Crawford WR, Smith MJ, BOYD PW, Wong CS, Nojiri Y, Robert M, Abraham ER, Johnson WK, Forsland V et al.. 2006. Patch evolution and the biogeochemical impact of entrainment during an iron fertilisation experiment in the sub-Arctic Pacific. Deep-Sea Research Part II. 53: 2012–2033