Associate Professor Associate Professor Lindsey White

Associate Dean - International and Enterprise

Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext 8065


Physical Address:

AG139, Office of the Dean

AUT North Shore Campus,

90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote,

Auckland 0627, New Zealand

Postal Address:

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences,

AUT University,

Private Bag 92006,

Auckland 1142, New Zealand


PhD Auckland


I completed PhD at the University of Auckland in 2001. I was then awarded a three-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and in 2004 I took up a position as Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Science at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I was appointed Head of the School of Interprofessional Health Studies at AUT in 2010 and in 2014 gave this up to take up a position as Associate Dean – International and Enterprise in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.

My role as Associate Dean is to extend the Faculty’s relationships with international universities as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations and to optimise the return from its efforts and investment.

I continue to teach, supervise and research within the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand, which sits in the School of Applied Sciences here at AUT.

Teaching Areas:

Most of my teaching within the Bachelor of Science is around phycology (seaweeds), marine ecology, aquaculture, fisheries. I also teach a Master’s level paper on evolution. Most of my teaching within the Bachelor of Science is around phycology (seaweeds), marine ecology, aquaculture, fisheries. I also teach a Master’s level paper on evolution.

Research Summary:

My main research interest has always been seaweeds. Much of much research has focused on seaweed utilisation, both by humans and by marine herbivores. I currently have several projects on the use of Undaria pinnatifida (an invasive seaweed) in New Zealand from both the wild harvest and aquaculture angles.

More recently I have moved into the fisheries space, and have several projects which are aiming to sustainably enhance the fisheries of both New Zealand surf clams and geoduc.

One of AUT’s strategic goals is to increase industry participation in research and in our group we have been very successful in this regard, in fact in 2013 we picked up a national award for research commercialization with Cloudy Bay Clams Ltd. 

Note that until 2009, I was publishing under the surname "Zemke-White".

Current Research Projects:


Optimising hatcheries technology for aquaculture of Undaria pinnatifida 

The role of hind-gut microbes in the nutrition of marine herbivorous fish

Remote sensing using UAV to map submerged invasive plants and seaweeds 



Surf clam life histories

Parent biomass surveys of NZ surf clams 

Enhancing the NZ geoduck fishery


Marine bioactive compounds

We currently have projects that are investigating bioactive compounds from surf clams and geoduc as well as commercial scale production of fucoidan from NZ Undaria pinnatifida


This is a list of some recent publications, click here for a more complete list as well as publication metrics

Wang, K., Li, Y., White, W. L., Lu, J. (2014) Anticancer activity of fucoxanthin extracted from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida. Journal of Functional Biopolymers. 5 (2), 29-42

Hau, L., Robertson, J., and White, W. L. (2014) Metals in New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame). Open Journal of Marine Science

White, L, Lu, J. and White, W. L. (2014) Scoping assessment of the economic viability of harvesting Undaria pinnatifida from NZ mussel lines and potential uses of the collected material. Applied Ecology New Zealand Report 14/01. 76p

Mak, W., Hamid, N., Liu, T. Lu, J. and White, W. L. (2013) Fucoidan from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida: Monthly variations and determination of antioxidant activities. Vol 95: 1, 606-614

Shaw, S., White, W. L.  & Deed B. (Eds.) (2013). Health, Wellbeing and Environment in Aotearoa New Zealand. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Huirong Chen, Lixian Fu, Lingxi Luo, Jun Lu, W. Lindsey White and Zhangli Hu. (2011) Induction and Resuscitation of the Viable but Nonculturable State in a Cyanobacteria-Lysing Bacterium Isolated from Cyanobacterial Bloom. Microbial Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s00248-011-9928-2

Last updated: 11-Jun-2015 11.22am

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