The fish team 

Clive Roberts

Position: Curator Fishes
Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD
Special interests: Systematics and biogeography of Southwest Pacific fishes; fishes of deep rocky reefs; seamount fishes; taxonomy of fish families Berycidae, Trachichthyidae, Polyprionidae, Serranidae, Cheilodactylidae, and Latridae; scale morphology; angling; scuba diving

Clive graduated with B.Sc. (Honours) from Queen's University of Belfast, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1979. After completing his doctoral thesis on the systematics of hapuku and bass at Victoria University of Wellington in 1986, he joined the National Museum of New Zealand as a Visiting Researcher. In 1989 he won a Research Fellowship to study the fine structure of fish scales at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. He returned to the National Museum of New Zealand to the position of Ichthyologist and subsequently Curator (Fishes). Clive has published a large number of scientific papers and popular science articles and is particularly interested in the taxonomy and biogeography of fishes of the Pacific Ocean. Clive was co-author of "New Zealand fish, a complete guide" and "Rockpool fishes of New Zealand"; he is lead editor of the comprehensive guidebook Fishes of New Zealand (in preparation). 

Andrew Stewart

Position: Collection Manager; Fishes
Special interests: taxonomy and identification of oceanic mid-water fishes, deepwater fishes, anglerfishes and Antarctic fishes; scuba diving; angling;

Andrew attended Canterbury and Victoria Universities before joining the National Museum of New Zealand in 1982 as a science technician. In 1991 he was made Collection Manager (Fishes). Andrew has published a number of scientific papers and is co-author of "New Zealand fish, a complete guide". He is a major contributor to monthly feature article "Something Fishy" in the recreational fishing magazine New Zealand Fishing News and was also a writer in the long-running series "Museum Marine File" which featured in the commercial fishing magazine Seafood New Zealand from 1993 to 2007. He has participated in the major oceanic biodiversity expeditions the NORFANZ survey along the Norfolk and Lord Howe Rises in 2003 and the IPY/CAMP Expedition to Antarctica in 2008. Drawing on his experiences, Andrew has regularly run training seminars on the identification of deep-water fishes as well as giving public talks. Andrew is also a co-editor of the comprehensive guidebook Fishes of New Zealand (in preparation).


Carl Struthers

Position: Research and Technical Officer; EEZ fishes Project
Qualifications: MSc (1st Class Hons)
Special interests: Taxonomy of fish families: Scorpaenidae and Moridae, digital photography, angling and scuba diving.

Carl graduated with a M.Sc. (Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington in 2005 after completing his thesis on the “Effects of Marine Conservation on blue cod populations at Kapiti Island Marine Reserve”. Carl first joined the Te Papa team in early 2005 on a short-term technical contract working on Ross Sea fishes. In July 2006, Carl took up his current role as Research and Technical Officer: EEZ Fishes. His work mainly involves assisting and coordinating the collection-based research of specialist fish taxonomists studying New Zealand's fish fauna. This work includes digital imaging and radiography of fishes, database development, specimen field collection and research on problem species groups. Currently, Carl is working on Australasian scorpionfishes, in particularly seaperch (genus Helicolenus), he is also a co-editor of the comprehensive guidebook Fishes of New Zealand (in preparation).

Vincent Zintzen

Position: Honorary Research Associate
Qualifications: PhD
Special interests: Broad scale ecology patterns, ecological interactions, multivariate analysis, underwater photography, deep mixed-gas diving. 

Vincent was born in Belgium where he recently achieved a PhD degree in marine ecology from the University of Louvain-la-nueve working on the epibenthic communities colonizing shipwrecks lying along the Belgian coast. The technical difficulties he had to face during the study of this harsh environment of the North Sea waters allowed him to develop various skills and a taste for exploring remote habitats. Vincent is now the scientist in charge of the project "Biodiversity highways and biogeographic origins: a voyage of discovery in the deep sea" funded by the Royal Society (Marsden fund), and work in close collaboration with Marti Anderson (Massey University Albany Campus) who is, together with Clive Roberts, the principal investigator of this project. He is particularly interested in quantitative ecological analyses of the fish fauna of seamounts and ridge systems searching for potential interaction between depth and latitude and testing fundamental hypotheses about patterns of deep-sea gradients in species richness.

See the pictures and video of his trip with the Fish Team to White Island.


Michelle Freeborn

Position: Scientific Illustrator
Special interests: line art,
 painting, art history

Michelle studied Art and Design at Richmond College London and Fine Art at Bath College of Higher Education in the UK.  She then worked for over 15 years in the British film industry, mainly in special makeup/creature effects and costume, specializing in paint finish.  Highlights include working at Jim Henson's Creature shop, and working on the films "The Fifth element" and "Saving Private Ryan".  Michelle joined the fish team at Te Papa in 2002 as Scientific Illustrator and has to date illustrated nearly 500 fishes from tiny triple fins to huge sharks and rays.  Michelle liaises with both in house collection managers and visiting scientists to illustrate fish morphology for identification purposes.  The Illustrations have been used for various scientific papers, publications and exhibitions. They are to be ultimately used in the comprehensive guidebook Fishes of New Zealand (in preparation).