Why do I have a splash on my pages? A careful look at my CV tells the story. I'm fascinated by interfaces. Everything happens at the boundaries of our world. Every physical process pushes energy, matter, and information back and forth across interfaces. Whether we look where peaceful soft-sediments meet still deep waters or here, where land, sea, and air all combine in a dangerous but exciting place, we see life living on the edge. Biology is shaped by the physical world and, surprisngly often, organisms shape their physical world in turn.
I seek challenging situations which call for interdisciplinary approaches to develop and promote marine and zoological science through original research, engineering, and creative education. Whether considering natural, educational, or management issues I take a systems analysis approach. This involves solving problems by identifying knowledge or comprehension gaps, bridging them for groups from different disciplines, and developing a consensus plan of action. The approach overcomes obstacles in a logically reducible, transparent, and inclusive fashion using appropriate technologies. I most enjoy working in a diverse, highly-motivated team environment committed to common science goals and leading technical groups.
I have broad interests and have acquired proficiency with many of the methods and technologies common to science and education. I am comfortable with study tools ranging from SEM to sidescan sonar and GIS techniques. I appreciate opportunities which create linkages between organismal observations and ecological processes. My research specialisation is in the field of macrobenthic survey techniques including sediment-animal interactions using sediment profile imagery and environmental quality assessment through macrofaunal assemblage mapping. I have two decades of experience working with polychaetes from tropical, sub-tropical, and cool-temperate environments, but I enjoy working with all invertebrate phyla, especially enigmatic groups. I enjoy designing and constructing mechanical and opto-electronic hardware/software systems for underwater research.
>50 WPM typing, marine aquarium design/maintenance, underwater photography, microscopy/microphotography, machining including manual lathe and mill work, MIG welding, underwater electromechanical and electro-optical system design/construction, Arduino microcontroller systems hardware and software, peer reviewer of literature manuscripts (primarily in animal-sediment interaction and envrionmental quality fields)
>730 h NZ Certification of Competency (Local Launch Operators License for commercial marine vessels <20m), Red Cross First Aid, DAN Oxygen Provider, Advanced/Research NAUI/PADI diver (>400 h), 100 FSW AAUS diver, Civil Aviation Authority (Rotary) currently adding hours (>12.5 h) for commercial helicopter pilot license in R22 and R44 types.
Tramping, scuba/free diving, all stagecrafts, lighting design, road biking, enigmatic groups (tardigrades, kinorhynchs, etc.)
New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (Membership Secretary 2004-2007, Web Manager 2005-2009), Macandrew Bay Yacht Club, International Polychaetology Association, Coastal Education & Research Foundation, Dunedin Makerspace Board, Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council Board (1990-1993), New Zealand Skeptical Society
Standard: Microsoft Office and LibreOffice suites, and PostgreSQL
Image/Publishing: Scribus, GIMP, ImageJ, Photoshop/Imageready, PageMaker
Other: MATLAB, MiniTab, PRIMER-E, R, Surfer, Dreamweaver, GoLive, Caris' HIPS & SIPS, SonarWiz, PowerCAD Pro, SolidWorks, VectorWorks, Eagle, GRASS, QGIS, familiar with ARC suite
Languages: Limited functionality in multiple languages, but regularly develop specifications and benchmarks for contracted software engineers in Java, Arduino, Python, and C++ including USB and TWAIN in addition to GUIs designed for niche markets
Benthic structures and associated macrofauna of Lower Otago Harbour, Dunedin, New Zealand prepared for: Port Otago Limited and University of Otago
Impacts of heavy-equipment operations on sand-flat communities in Waitati Inlet prepared for: Chorus Telecommunications and East Otago Taipure Management Committee
Environmental impacts of dredge spoil from Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Hawai'i prepared for: US Federal government and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental impacts of Polydactylus sexfilis mariculture prepared for: Hawai'i state government
Marine Investigation of the Bluff Municipal Sewage Outfall prepared for: Invercargill City Council
Paavo, BL, Ham D, Gorlitz S, Probert PK (2012) How does tidal submersion time affect macroinvertebrate community patterns on a temperate sheltered sandflat? Marine and Freshwater Research, 63: 68–77.
Neuhaus B, Higgins RP, Paavo BL (2011) Chapter 10: Phylum Kinorhyncha (mud dragons). Dennis P. Gordon (ed.) in New Zealand Inventory of BioDiversity Volume 2, Chaetognatha, Ecdysozoa, and Ichnofossils, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, New Zealand, 544 p.
Paavo BL, Jonker R, Probert PK, Thrush S (2011) Macrofaunal community patterns of adjacent coastal sediments with wave-reflecting or wave-dissipating characteristics. Journal of Coastal Research, 27(3): 515–528.
Probert PK, Glasby CJ, Grove SL, Paavo BL (2009) Bathyal polychaete assemblages in the region of the Subtropical Front, Chatham Rise, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 43: 1121–1135.
Paavo B, Ziegelmeyer A, Lavric E, Probert PK (2008) Morphometric correlations and body mass regressions for Armandia maculata, Aglaophamus macroura (Polychaeta), and Zethalia zelandica (Gastropoda). New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 42: 85–91.
Paavo B (2007) Soft-sediment benthos of Aramoana and Blueskin Bay (Otago, New Zealand) and effects of dredge-spoil disposal. PhD thesis, University of Otago Dept. of Marine Science, 498 p.
Probert PK, Paavo B (2004) Polychaetes. CD-ROM Review. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 38:753–754.
Bailey-Brock JH, Paavo B, Barrett BM, Dreyer J (2002) Polychaetes associated with a tropical ocean outfall; synthesis of a biomonitoring program off O'ahu, Hawai'i.Pacific Science, 56(4):459–479.
Bailey-Brock JH, Paavo B, Barrett BM, Dreyer J (2001) Changes in pollution indicators at the Sand Island Sewage Outfall. OCEANS 2001 MTS/IEEE Proceedings.
Paavo BL, Bailey-Brock JH, Akesson B (2000) Life history and description of a new species of Ophryotrocha (Polychaeta, Dorvilleidae) associated with the sewage outfalls of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Sarsia, 85(3):251–264.
Paavo BL, (1998) Morphology and life history of an undescribed Ophryotrocha species (Polychaeta: Dorvilleidae) and its possible role as an indicator of organic enrichment.Pacific Science, 52(2):191.
Oral: 10th International Polychaete Conference (IPC) Polychaete community patterns of adjacent sediments with wave-reflecting or wave-dissipating characteristics. Lecce, Italy, 2010.
Poster: IPC Sandflat Showdown: Worms vs. Machines. Lecce, Italy, 2010.
Poster: IPC Polychaete distribution patterns in relation to superficial habitat structure. Lecce, Italy, 2010.
Oral: New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) Conference. Benthic habitats of Otago Harbour. Christchurch, 2008
Poster: NZMSS BioTally: a biological solution you can count on. Christchurch, 2008.
Poster: International Polychaete Conference. SPI-Scan: Affordable Sediment Profile Imagery. U. Maine, Portland, U.S.A., 2007.
Oral: Sediment Profile Imagery Conference. Convergent evolution: the NZ SPI-Scan system. Martin Ryan Marine Institute, U. of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 2006
Oral: NZMSS. Dispersive dredge spoil disposal in New Zealand. Nelson 2006.
Oral: NZMSS. Effects of dredge spoil disposal on macrofauna of wave-dominated soft-sediments. Wellington 2005.
Poster: NZMSS. Affordable sediment profile imagery v2. Wellington 2005.
Oral: NZMSS. Soft-bottom invertebrate assemblages near dredge spoil disposal areas. U. Otago, Dunedin 2004.
Poster: NZMSS. Simulated dredge spoil burial of Zethalia zelandica. U. Otago, Dunedin 2004. (Winner ‘Best Southland Poster’ prize)
Poster: NZMSS. Affordable sediment profile imagery. U. of Auckland, Auckland 2003. (Winner of ‘Best Poster’ and ‘Most technologically innovative” prizes)
Oral: Albert Tester Memorial Symposium. Morphology and life history of an
undescribed species of Ophryotrocha (Polychaeta: Dorvilleidae). U. Hawai’i, Honolulu, Hawai’i, U.S.A., 1996.