Nicola Beer

Senior Technical Adviser

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Dr Nicola Beer joined ITOPF in 2011. She is a Chartered Biologist and a Member of the Royal Society of Biology and Marine Biological Association, with a degree in marine biology and a PhD in marine science. Her doctoral research investigated the ecology and management of a commercially important but understudied reef fish in the New Zealand fjords.

Nicola has attended on site at a range of incidents in Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America, involving a wide range of oils and other cargoes. In addition to her on site work, she has also undertaken contingency planning and advisory work for government and industry, and contributed to a wide variety of workshops, training courses and international conferences.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining ITOPF, Nicola worked as a consultant marine ecologist conducting fisheries characterisation and monitoring studies, and environmental impact assessments for marine aggregate extraction, harbour development and offshore energy developments. She coordinated the marine environmental and fisheries monitoring and mitigation commitments for the London Gateway Port Project, and contributed to the biodiversity and biosecurity monitoring programme in the remote Fiordland region of New Zealand, a UNESCO World Heritage Area and National Park. Following her PhD, Nicola was funded to conduct a review of the conservation status of North Atlantic coastal lagoons, a threatened habitat under increasing pressure from anthropogenic and climatic stressors.

ITOPF Working Groups

Nicola leads the Cold Climate Technical Working Group and is a member of the Risk Management Working Group.


  • English (native)
  • Spanish
  • French

Published Papers

Beer NA, SR Wing & G Carbines (2013). First estimates of batch fecundity for Parapercis colias, a commercially important temperate reef fish. NZ J Mar Freshwat Res 47: 587-594

Beer NA & SR Wing (2013). Trophic ecology drives spatial variability in growth among subpopulations of an exploited temperate reef fish. NZ J Mar Freshwat Res 47: 73-89

Beer NA & CB Joyce (2012). North Atlantic coastal lagoons: conservation, management and research challenges in the 21st century. Hydrobiologia 701: 1-11

Wing SR, NA Beer & L Jack (2012). Resource base of blue cod Parapercis colias subpopulations in marginal fjordic habitats is linked to chemoautotrophic production. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 466: 205-214

Beer NA & G Carbines (2012). Exploratory microchemical analysis of blue cod otoliths from potting surveys in Dusky Sound, Fiordland 2002 and 2008. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2012/21. Ministry for Primary Industries, Wellington.

Beer NA, SR Wing & SE Swearer (2011). Otolith elemental evidence for spatial structuring in a temperate reef fish population. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 442: 217-227

Beer NA, SR Wing & Y Hu (2011). Biological versus physical control of trace element incorporation into biogenic carbonate: an in situ experiment in a New Zealand fjord. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 433: 289-301