Professor Jonathan Gardner


I’m a marine biologist with wide-ranging interests. Much of my research relates to management issues in the sea, both in coastal and deep-sea areas. My work is multi-disciplinary because I enjoy the contribution that I can make to a team, and because I believe that much of modern science needs to be broad-ranging and multi-disciplinary to achieve meaningful management, environmental and social outcomes.

One of the biggest challenges now facing society is how to balance resource extraction and environmental protection. We will want a first world standard of living and generally speaking, that means a resource-intensive standard of living.

My research interests are largely related to understanding how we can try to achieve a balance between extractive use (fishing, deep-sea mining, etc) and environmental protection.

My tertiary education was carried out in England, Canada and Wales, before I moved to Victoria University of Wellington in April 1994.