Marine Science

Dan Govier, Technical Discipline Manager, Dip Marine Science; MSc Marine Science; BSc Zoology

Dan has over 12 years’ experience in environmental consulting, preparation of environmental impact assessments and marine ecological surveys and reports.  Over recent years Dan has specialised in the offshore marine environment, specifically in regards to the oil and gas industry; preparing Environmental Impact Assessments and Marine Mammal Impact Assessments. This involvement has led to an extensive knowledge and understanding of the EEZ Act and Department of Conservations (DOC) Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals, where he is now considered one of the more experienced environmental consultants in this field within New Zealand.

Dan has given expert witness at a Marine Consent hearing and he will be providing evidence at a large hearing in New Zealand at the end of 2016.

To contact Dan, please email him Dan Govier


Helen McConnell, Associate, MSc Marine Science; BSc Zoology

Helen is a trained marine ecologist with 15 years of professional experience in research, policy development, science writing, and providing environmental advice to both the private and public sectors. She has experience across a wide range of marine and coastal topics; however is specialised in marine mammal ecology and conservation, oiled wildlife response and effects of oil and gas activities on the marine environment.

Helen has prepared evidence for two marine consent hearings in relation to applications under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012. She has two specific streams of expertise, the first being the potential impacts of oil and gas activities on marine mammals; and the second being the effects of oil contamination on marine wildlife and the response options available to respond to wildlife in the event of an oil spill.

Helen provided evidence on both of these topics for the recent two New Zealand hearings:

·        OMV NZ Ltd – Maari Development Drilling Programme, 2014

·        Shell Todd Oil Services – Maui Offshore Facilities (extraction and production of natural gas), 2015

To contact Helen please email her Helen McConnell