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Daniel Roecken

Laboratory Technician

BSc (Hons.) Marine Biology
(09) 470 3829

When I was a school kid, I was always more interested in physics, chemistry and especially biology instead of language, history or art. I wanted to work with animals and plants, so I became first a Biological Technician. Later I decided it was not enough, as I wanted to go more into science so I started to study Biology at the University in Bremen/Germany. I finished with a BSc (Hons.) in Marine Biology, where my studies focused on the idea that less calorie intake in juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus L.), would result in less production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These are responsible for DNA and protein damage in tissues. Less ROS means healthier fish in Aquaculture farming by using less food, which would reduce the environmental impact. After nearly 3 years on a salmon farm on Stewart Island, my new position with NorthTec allows me now to share my passion about the environment and management for sustainable use of resources with new generations of students.

Interests: Finfish Aquaculture, Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), Integrated Multi – Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

Publication: Body growth, mitochondrial enzymatic capacities and aspects of the antioxidant system and redox balance under calorie restriction in young turbot (Scophthalamus maximus L.). Doris Abele, Daniel Roecken, Martin Graeve, Bela H. Buck;
Aquaculture research Vol.38, Issue 5, p. 467-477, 2007.