Nigel Harris

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Acting Dean, Graduate Research School, Associate Professor Exercise Science

Phone: 09 921 9999 x 7301


Physical Address:

AUT North Campus and AUT Millennium

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Human Potential Centre


  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)

Teaching Areas:

  • Responses and adaptations to exercise
  • Resistance training
  • Applied exercise science

Research Summary:

Associate Professor Harris' research activity is centred on the improvement of health and wellbeing through exercise, with an emphasis on resistance training and high intensity interval training.  Dr Harris actively supervises postgraduate students, so any potential thesis Masters thesis, PhD, or DHSc student contemplating research in these areas can contact him directly.

Current Research Projects:

Funded research


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Google scholar profile

  • Weatherwax, R. M., Ramos, J. S., Harris, N. K., Kilding, A. E., & Dalleck, L. C. (2018). Changes in Metabolic Syndrome Severity Following Individualized Versus Standardized Exercise Prescription: A Feasibility Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(11), 1-14.
  • Weatherwax, R., Harris, N., Kilding, A., & Dalleck, L. (2018). Incidence of V02max Responders to Personalized vs Standardized Exercise Prescription. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
  • Weatherwax, R. M., Harris, N. K., Kilding, A. E., & Dalleck, L. C. (2018). Using a site-specific technical error to establish training responsiveness: a preliminary explorative study.. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 9.
  • Wormgoor, S. G., Dalleck, L. C., Zinn, C., Borotkanics, R., & Harris, N. K. (2018). High-intensity interval training is equivalent to moderate-intensity continuous training for short- and medium-term outcomes of glucose control, cardiometabolic risk, and microvascular complication markers in men with type 2 diabetes. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 9.
  • Harris, N., Kilding, A., Sethi, S., Merien, F., & Gottschall, J. (2018). A comparison of the acute physiological responses to BODYPUMP™ versus iso-caloric and iso-time steady state cycling. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21(10).
  • Gluchowski, A., Harris, N., & Warbrick, I. (2017). I have a renewed enthusiasm for going to the gym’: What Keeps Resistance Trained Older Adults Coming Back To The Gym?. Psychology and Health.
  • Costigan, S. A., Ridgers, N. D., Eather, N., Plotnikoff, R. C., Harris, N., & Lubans, D. R. (2017). Exploring the impact of high intensity interval training on adolescents’ objectively measured physical activity: Findings from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(10).
  • Wormgoor, S. G., Dalleck, L. C., Zinn, C., & Harris, N. K. (2017). Effects of high-intensity interval training on people living with type 2 diabetes: A narrative review. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 41(5).
  • Gluchowski, A., Dulson, D., Merien, F., Plank, L., & Harris, N. (2017). Comparing the effects of two distinct eccentric modalities to traditional resistance training in resistance trained, higher functioning older adults. Experimental Gerontology, 98.
  • Harris, N. K., Dulson, D. K., Logan, G. R. M., Warbrick, I. B., Merien, F. L. R., & Lubans, D. R. (2017). Acute responses to resistance and high-intensity interval training in early adolescents. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(5).
  • Wormgoor, S. G., Dalleck, L. C., Zinn, C., & Harris, N. K. (2017). Acute blood glucose, cardiovascular and exaggerated responses to high-intensity interval training and moderate-intensity continuous training in men with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 2017 Sep 22.
  • Zinn, C., McPhee, J., Harris, N., Williden, M., Prendergast, K., & Schofield, G. (2017). A 12-week low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet improves metabolic health outcomes over a control diet in a randomised controlled trial with overweight defence force personnel. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 42(11).
  • Weatherwax, R. M., Harris, N. K., Kilding, A. E., & Dalleck, L. C. (2016). The incidence of training responsiveness to cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiometabolic measurements following individualized and standardized exercise prescription: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17.
  • Logan, G. R. M., Harris, N., Duncan, S., Plank, L. D., Merien, F., & Schofield, G. (2016). Low-active male adolescents: A dose response to high-intensity interval training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(3).
  • Logan, G., Harris, N., Duncan, S., Hinckson, E., & Schofield, G. (2016). Exploring the relationship between adolescent physical activity and anthropometric parameters. Sport Sciences for Health.
  • Logan, G. R. M., Duncan, S., Harris, N. K., Hinckson, E. A., & Schofield, G. (2016). Adolescent physical activity levels: Discrepancies with accelerometer data analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34(21).
  • Harris, N., Woulfe, C. J., Wood, M., Dulson, D., Gluchowski, A., & Keogh, J. (2016). Acute physiological responses to strongman training compared to traditional‚Ä®strength training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(5).
  • Gluchowski, A., Harris, N., Dulson, D., & Cronin, J. (2015). Chronic eccentric exercise and the older adult. Sports Medicine, 45(10).
  • Logan, G. R., Harris, N., Duncan, S., & Schofield, G. (2014). A review of adolescent high-intensity interval training. Sports Medicine, 44(8).