Read further about my current research projects, recent publications, coming up fieldwork and science communication initiatives.

About me

After graduating with a Master of Science in Marine Biology at the University of Rostock in Germany and at the University Centre in Svalbard in Norway, I moved to Australia for my PhD in 2017. In early 2022, I finished the PhD on the impact of zooplankton on the subantarctic Biological Carbon Pump at IMAS and I recently moved to New Zealand to work as a zooplankton ecologist for NIWA.

My main interests are:

  • Impact of plankton physiology, distribution, and population dynamics on ecosystem and carbon export
  • Climate change in polar ecosystems
  • Ocean data collection and management


Send me an email: Svenja.Halfter@niwa.co.nz.

Recent Posts

New job with NIWA in New Zealand

After finishing my PhD at IMAS (without corrections!!!) early this year, I found a job faster than expected! In July, I’ll move to Wellington in New Zealand ...

New publication alert!

My new publication on how zooplankton help establishing carbon export regimes in the Southern Ocean is finally out! Together with my amazing co-authors and m...