About Us

We develop sustainable solutions by understanding and quantifying natural systems, applying state-of-the-art science, engineering, tools and techniques in order to sustain the quality of life for present and future generations.


eCoast is at the forefront of marine consulting

We aim to continue to provide word-leading and high-quality outcomes in our niche area of expertise by providing innovative, robust and sustainable solutions for our clients and the global community.

World leading experts

100+ years of combined experience in the aquatic environment.

Specialised skills

85 legal cases whereby eCoast provided expert witness evidence.

Locally based, globally minded

We provide services to clients in NZ, Australasia, the Pacific and around the world.

Future thinking

We apply the most up-to-date knowledge in our areas of consulting.

Cultivating innovation

1000+ technical reports completed on past projects.

Deep scientific understanding

150+ peer-reviewed papers published to scientific journals.

Strategic diversification

eCoast’s consultants have a wide range of oceanographic and aquatic expertise.

Sustainable development

Taking an integrated approach allows us to ensure sustainability of the coastal zone.

Meet Our Team

Shaw Mead

Managing Director, Environmental Scientist

Dr. Shaw Mead’s more than 25 years of experience and background is in coastal oceanography and marine ecology allows him to effectively bridge the multi-disciplinary gap between physical processes and marine ecological impacts.

Ed Atkin

Director, Oceanographer

Ed Atkin’s diverse academic background provides a multidisciplinary understanding of marine science. His experience as a field technician and consultant means he understands the feasibility and budgetary requirements of commercial projects.

Dougal Greer

Director, Oceanographer

With a background in mathematical and computational sciences such as physics, statistics and adaptive systems, Dougal Greer has a fundamental understanding of the principles governing physical oceanic processes.

David Phillips

Senior Consultant, Civil Engineer, CPEng

Dave is actively involved in research, consulting and lecturing and is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand, as well a past associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.

Tim Haggitt

Environmental Scientist

Tim Haggitt’s core area of research expertise lies in sub-tidal rocky reef and soft sediment community ecology. This has led to a range of published papers in international journals and numerous technical reports over the last 12 years.

Ted Conroy

Coastal Oceanographer

Ted is a coastal oceanographer with experience in numerical modelling, coastal fieldwork, and data analysis. His academic background focused on estuarine and inner shelf circulation, sediment transport, and wave processes.

Rhys McIntosh

Numerical Modeller

With a background ranging from inland hydrological processes to open ocean dynamics, Rhys McIntosh has a broad knowledge of the physical, biological and chemical properties of freshwater, marine and estuarine environments.

Lee Munson

Environmental Scientist

Lee has over 20 years’ experience in marine ecology, education, research, management, and consulting, has 2 peer-reviewed publications, produced 4 scientific reports for resource management, and carried out a multitude of marine ecological surveys and ongoing coastal hazard assessments.

About Us

eCoast is a New Zealand based marine consulting and research company providing environmental, engineering and advanced computer modelling expertise Worldwide.

1. Integrated Coastal Management

Ensure sustainability of the coastal zone through an integrated/holistic approach that recognizes all aspects of the coastal zone including the physical coastal zone, ecosystems, resources and human activities. Integrated coastal management in the 21st Century must achieve sustainable development through the integration of economic development to improve the quality of people’s lives which is environmentally appropriate and equitable.

2. Application of the most appropriate and up-to-date science.

Apply the most up-to-date knowledge in our areas of consulting and ensure that we maintain a good understanding and continually update our areas of expertise as they are identified and developed for application.

3. Cooperation, collaboration and innovation.

Work with and listen to collaborators and clients while promoting the use of innovative thinking and processes to develop the best solutions.

4. Professionalism.

Be personally accountable for providing the highest quality outcomes and products by leveraging the wide range of experience and skills within the company and always considering ways to add value to our customer’s experience of both outcomes and participation.

5. Having fun along the way.

Combine our passion and positive energy throughout every process within the company, ensure a healthy and safe working environment while pushing the envelope to achieve more than we expected.


We’re here to help

Whatever your requirements in marine consulting and research are, eCoast’s guarantee is that we can meet your needs in a highly professional way.