A British Council researcher exchange award has linked the MBA with the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric research, NIWA in New Zealand. 126 rocky intertidal sites have been surveyed between 2008-2011, producing a unique, broadscale dataset of the biogeographic distribution and population abundances of macroalgae and invertebrates. Quantitative data has also been recorded for all key limpet, barnacle and trochid species to determine macroecological patterns of species which play integral roles in ecosystem structure and functioning. Ongoing research is mapping patterns in biodiversity and identifying hotspots for future change. The displacement and loss of endemic species is being investigated, and the spread of warm water native and invasive species south with warming coastal seas.