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Styles Group, Acoustics and Vibration Specialists

Dr Matthew Pine


  • BSc Biological Sciences, University of Auckland
  • PGDipSci Marine Science (Dist), University of Auckland
  • PhD Marine Bioacoustics, University of Auckland

Professional Memberships

  • Member: New Zealand Marine Sciences Society
  • Member: New Zealand Association of Scientists

A rare species in the world of acoustics science, Matt is an underwater noise specialist. He received a marine bioacoustics scholarship from University of Auckland and devoted seven years of full-time study to acquiring his highly specialised knowledge and skills, which are unmatched in the New Zealand acoustics consultancy sector. His PhD thesis concerned the effects of underwater noise pollution on marine life.

Matt’s role at Styles Group includes the prediction and measurement of underwater noise and the effects of anthropogenic noise (noise generated by human activity) on marine life. He is also involved in bioacoustics research at the Institute of Marine Science and has published several papers about the effects of underwater anthropogenic noise on marine life, including the effects of marine turbines. Matt also works in the prediction and measurement of airborne environmental noise.

As you might expect, Matt’s recreational interests are water-based – diving and surfing are his activities of choice.

Recent Publications:

  • Pine, M.K. Radford, C.A., Jeffs, A.G. (2015). Eavesdropping on the Kaipara Harbour: Characterising underwater soundscapes within a seagrass bed and a subtidal mudflat, New Zealand. Journal of Marine and Freshwater Reserach. Read online.
  • Fang, L., Wang, D., Li, Y., Cheng, Z., Pine, M.K., Wang, K., Li, S. (2015). The source parameters of echolocation clicks from captive and free-ranging Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis). PLoS ONE 10(6):e0129143.
  • Pine, M.K., Styles J.R. (2014). Underwater Noise Pollution and the RMA. Planning Quarterly 194: 18-21.
  • Pine M.K. (2014). Marine Bioacoustics: The importance of sound in the marine environment. New Zealand Acoustics 27(2): 5-12.
  • Pine, M.K., Jeffs, A.G., Radford, C.A. (In press). Effects of underwater turbine noise on crab larval metamorphosis. In: Effects of Noise On Aquatic Life II. Springer, New York.
  • Pine, M.K., Jeffs, A.G., Radford, C.A. (2014). The cumulative effect on sound levels from multiple underwater anthropogenic sound sources in shallow coastal waters. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 23-30.
  • Pine, M.K., Jeffs, A.G., Radford, C.A. (2013). Underwater Sound Pollution: Planners are advised to consider the impacts of underwater sound pollution around our coasts. Planning Quarterly 188: 15-19.
  • Pine, M.K., Jeffs, A.G, Radford, C.A. (2012). Turbine sound may influence the metamorphosis behaviour of estuarine crab megalopae. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51790.


  • Pine, M.K. Sharing waters with underwater turbines. 3rd International conference for The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, August 11-16 2013.
  • Pine, M.K. Understanding the potential impacts of underwater sound pollution around our coasts. Oral presentation. Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer. August 4 2013. Brest, France;
  • Pine, M.K. Underwater anthropogenic noise: Larval response to underwater tidal turbines. Oral presentation. AMSA-NZMSS joint conference, July 2-5 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia;
  • Pine, M.K. Temporal variation of underwater acoustics within the Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand. Oral presentation. Institute of Marine Science, November 17 2012. Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Pine, M.K. The influence of underwater anthropogenic sound on marine life. Oral presentation. Leigh Marine Laboratory, December 11, 2011. Auckland, New Zealand;