Position: Associate Professor, Field: Marine science and physiology, Organisation: Leigh Marine Laboratory, The University of Auckland
Craig Radford trained as a marine biologist and physiologist before joining the interdisciplinary research team at the Leigh Marine Laboratory.
His work focuses on the noises of New Zealand reefs and how larval animals (such as crabs) find their way to suitable reef habitats for settlement. Within this theme, he is investigating how far sound can travel and be detected under water, the limits of hearing for animals such as shrimp and the role of kina in producing reef noise.
Craig Radford attended Melville High School in Hamilton, then the University of Waikato where he obtained his BSc in Marine Science. From there, he went to the University of Canterbury where he obtained his MSc (Hons) in Zoology and conducted research on the physiology of the New Zealand rock lobster.
Following this, Craig took up a position at Massey University working as a research technician for the Animal Health Services Centre. After working there for a year, he decided to undertake his PhD at Auckland University, researching the effects of underwater sound on marine larvae.
Following completion of his PhD, he was successful in securing his current position, continuing the research he started as a PhD student.
A teacher, the late Christina Phillips, was instrumental in stimulating Craig’s enthusiasm for biology in general, and it was his love for all things to do with the sea that stimulated his interest in marine biology.
In 2008, Craig was awarded runner-up in the prestigious MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Award for his PhD research. 2009 was another big year for Craig where he was awarded a Canadian Commonwealth Post-Doctorial Fellowship, which he turned down because he was awarded both a Te Tipu Pūtaiao Fellowship and obtained a Marsden Fast-Start award to continue his research here in New Zealand.
What Craig loves most about science is that it is fun and for every question that is answered, another 10 are created. He also enjoys travel, which gets him to some exotic places around the world.
This article is based on information current in 2011 and updated in 2018.