AUT - Armagan Sabetian


Dr Armagan Sabetian

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Head of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 921 9999 Ext 8004


Physical Address:
WS510 (34 St Paul Street)

Postal Address:

School of Applied Sciences
Auckland University of Technology
34 St Paul St, Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:

Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand

The International Society for Reef Studies

New Zealand Marine Sciences Society


  • PhD (James Cook University, Australia)
  • MSc (Otago University, New Zealand)

Memberships and Affiliations:

The International Society for Reef Studies

New Zealand Marine Sciences Society

Teaching Areas:

  • Form and Function of Plants and Animals
  • Fish and Aquatic Plants
  • Marine Ecosystems

Research areas:

  • Fish Biology/Ecology
  • Fisheries Science
  • Finfish Aquaculture
  • Invasive species

Research Summary:

I am interested in the population dynamics and ecological roles of fishes within ecosystems, ranging from functionally important to invasive or introduced species.  I am also interested in sustainable and environmentally prudent finfish aquaculture.

Current Research Projects:

I am currently supervising postgraduate students in finfish aquaculture, fish population dynamics and invasive ecology.


I’ll be attending the NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference between 19-23 August in Hamilton, New Zealand.


Aswani, S.  Sabetian, A., (2010). Implications of Urbanization for Artisanal Parrotfish Fisheries in the Western Solomon Islands. Conservation Biology, 24(2) pp520-530.

Aswani, S., Albert, S., Sabetian, A. Furusawa, T., (2007). Customary management as precautionary and adaptive principles for protecting coral reefs in Oceania. Coral Reefs (26) 1009-1021.

Sabetian, A.  Foale, S., (2006). Evolution of the Artisanal fisher; case-studies from Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. SPC Traditional Marine Knowledge and Resource Management Bulletin. (20) 3-10.

Sabetian, A., 2003. The association of physical and environmental factors with abundance and distribution patterns of groupers.  Environmental Biology of Fishes. (68) 93-99.

Sabetian, A., 2002. The importance of ethnographic knowledge to fishery research design and management in the South Pacific. SPC Traditional Marine Knowledge and Resource Management Bulletin. (14) 22-34.


  • 2008 Conservation International Grant
  • 2005 Global Conservation Fund
  • 2003 James Cook University Postgraduate Research Fellowship
  • 2001 PADI AWARE Grant
  • 2000 PADI Foundation Grant
  • 1999 PADI Foundation Grant

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