Mark Yungnickel

Senior Ecologist

MSc (Hons) (Ecology), BSc (Ecology & Zoology)


Specialising in

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Terrestrial ecology
  • Marine and intertidal ecology

Mark is a freshwater specialist but brings extensive experience in a range of fields to his role as ecologist at the Bioresearches’ Christchurch office. His expertise includes terrestrial and marine ecology and his work is backed by the Auckland-based Bioresearches team

Mark has seven years’ experience in environmental consulting and ecological research and for his master’s degree completed a two-year nationwide study of New Zealand’s iconic whitebait – the first for 50 years and the most comprehensive – which also found the rarest species of whitebait, confirmed genetically for the first time.

His passion for ecology, especially the freshwater environment, is born from his love of the outdoors and especially whitewater kayaking, where he was New Zealand canoe slalom representative and multi-times national champion for a decade to 2008.

Mark, who gained his bachelor degree with a double-major from Massey University in Palmerston North in 2009 and completed his master’s degree from the University of Canterbury in 2017 worked for Bioresearches from 2013-2015 and re-joined the company in 2017. His work in Christchurch involves stream rehabilitation, council consenting and consent monitoring, and other areas relating to freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecology.


Key projects include

  • New Zealand whitebait national survey – 50-year update
  • SH16 (Auckland’s north western motorway) upgrade – marine monitoring project
  • Surveys and ecological monitoring for Flat Top Quarry and Brookby Quarry expansions
  • Surveys and fish relocations in the Waimahia Inlet Auckland– New Zealand’s first special housing area
  • Freshwater ecology – mapping catchments throughout West Auckland