Ocean completed her PhD in the labs of Industrial Research Ltd, conjointly with the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. She then completed postdoctoral research in superconducting tapes and Antarctic sea ice as well as lecturing in undergraduate physics courses and studying te reo Māori. This led her into a teaching contract in Māori Studies in 2004, and she became a lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui in 2005. Her teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is at the interface between Māori and Western science. She is the presenter of Project Mātauranga, currently screening on Māori Television.
- http://www.journal.mai.ac.nz/content/dr-ocean-mercier 1 November 2016
- Vai o le Ola (Water of Life): Falelima. Wellington, N.Z.: Response Trust, 2010.
- Directed by O.R. Mercier.
- "Brine diffusion in first year sea ice measured by Earth's field PGSE - NMR." Cold Regions Science and Technology 2 (Dec 2005): 96-105.
- Co-authos M.W. Hunter and P.T. Callaghan.
- "Low energy excitations in La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7. investgated by ellipsometry." Physical Review B 72 (2005).
- Co-authors R.G. Buckley, H.J. Trodahl, C. Bernhard and B.G. Balakrishnan.
- "Te ara pūtaiao o ngā tūpuna, mō ngā mokopuna : science education and research." State of the Māori nation : twenty-first-century issues in Aotearoa. Mulholland, Malcolm. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 2006.
- Co-author Pauline Harris.
- "Indigenous knowledge and science : a new representation of the interface between indigenous and Eurocentric ways of knowing." He pukenga kōrero : a journal of Māori studies, 8.2 (Sum 2007): 20-28.
- "Close encounters of the Māori kind - talking interaction in the films of Taika Waititi." New Zealand journal of media studies (Online), 10.2 (Dec 2007): 37-51.
- "Indigenous knowledge and science. A new representation of the interface between Indigenous and Eurocentric ways of knowing." He Pukenga Korero 8.2 (2007): 20-28.
- "'5, 6, 7, 8, don't you blinkin' obfuscate!'" Mercier, Ocean Rīpeka. Terror in our midst? : searching for terror in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z. : Huia, 2008.
- "Māori perspectives." Wool to Weta : transforming New Zealand's culture and economy. Paul T. Callaghan. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press, 2009.
- Co-authors Craig Rofe and Wayne Mulligan.
- "mai i te tātai Arorangi ki ngā panetio o te Kōpakatanga ki te Tonga." Tōku ao : he kohinga kōrero pūtaiao. Wellington, N.Z.: Te Pou Taki Kōrero Whāiti, c2009.
- Co-author Pānia Tahau.
- "How wave physics values diversity and interconnection." MAI review (2009): 6.
- "'Welcome to my interesting world' : pōwhiri styled encounter in 'Boy'." Illusions (Win 2010).
- "An Academic Occupation: Mobilisation, Sit-in, Speaking Out and Confrontation in the Experiences of Māori Academics." Australian Journal of Indigenous Education 40.11 (2011): 81-91.
- Co-authors C. Asmar and S. Page.
- "Alamein's encore : entertainment, information, intimacy and reflection in the 'Boy' DVD director's commentary." New Zealand journal of media studies (Online) 13.1 (2012): 47-65.
- "Sustained excellence : teaching in a kaupapa Māori context." Excellence (2012): 37-44.
- "Mātauranga Māori and the data-information-knowledge-wisdom hierarchy." MAI journal 1.2 (27 Nov 2012): 103-116.
- Co-author Nathan Stevens and Anaru Toia.
- "Mātauranga Māori And The DIKW Hierarchy: A Conversation On Interfacing Knowledge Systems." MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship. 1.2 (2012): 103-116.
- Co-authors Nathan Stevens and Anaru Toia.
- Promoting Engagement Through A Student-Built School-Wide Digital Atlas Of Maori Studies. Improving Student Engagement and Retention using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling. Ed. Laura Wankel and Patrick Blessinger. 2013.
- Co-authors Sarsha Douglas, Meegan Hall, Bruce McFadgen, Peter Adds, Maria Bargh and Tahu Wilson.
- "Putting Māori history, society and culture on the map." Freerange 7 (2013): 28-31.
- "Everybody’s Putting Their Heart and Soul into that One Weekend’: Six motivations for entering the 48-hour film competition." Studies in Australasian Cinema 7.1 (2013): 61-76.
- Co-author Challen Wilson.
- "Project Mātauranga - Our Science On-Screen." Enhancing Mātauranga Māori and Global Indigenous Knowledge. Taiarahia Black (ed). Wellington, N.Z.: NZQA, 2014.
- Co-authors Megan Douglas, Darcel Rickard, Orlando Stewart, Scotty Morrison and Daniel Apiata.
- "Shaping Indigenous Spaces in Higher Education: An International Virtual Exchange on Indigenous Knowledge (Alaska and Aotearoa)." Canadian Journal of Native Education 37.1 (2014): 218-238.
- Co-author Beth Leonard.
- "Film sport: Constraint and unrestraint in the 48-Hour Film Competition." New Cinemas Journal of Contemporary Film 2.3 (2014): 191-204.
- "Indigenous Struggles Within the Colonial Project: Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledges in the Western Academy." Knowledge Cultures 4.3 (2016): 99-116.
- Co-author Beth Leonard.
- "Book review : Making our place : exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand." New Zealand surveyor (Online) (2011): 39-41.