Dr Simon Thrush is an international expert on the ecology of the coastal sea floor and at the top of his profession with over 3000 citations of his primary academic publications. He has played an important role in New Zealand marine science, and was one of the first to raise the issue of the environmental impacts of rapid sedimentation in New Zealand coastal waters.
His national and international work on marine biodiversity and the impacts of human disturbance, including fishing, on the coasts has been widely used by research and management agencies in New Zealand and overseas. He was awarded a three-year EU-Marie Curie International Fellowship at the University of Genoa in 2008 and, in 2010, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NZ Marine Sciences Society.
Dr Thrush is also a Professor at the School of Environment, University of Auckland.