Andrew attended Canterbury and Victoria Universities before joining the National Museum of New Zealand in 1982 as a science technician. In 1991 he was made Collection Manager (Fishes). Andrew has published a number of scientific papers and is co-author of "New Zealand fish, a complete guide". He is a major contributor to monthly feature article "Something Fishy" in the recreational fishing magazine New Zealand Fishing News and was also a writer in the long-running series "Museum Marine File" which featured in the commercial fishing magazine Seafood New Zealand from 1993 to 2007. He has participated in the major oceanic biodiversity expeditions the NORFANZ survey along the Norfolk and Lord Howe Rises in 2003 and the IPY/CAMP Expedition to Antarctica in 2008. Drawing on his experiences, Andrew has regularly run training seminars on the identification of deep-water fishes as well as giving public talks. Andrew is also a co-editor of the comprehensive guidebook Fishes of New Zealand (in preparation).
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