Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8065
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AG139, Office of the Dean
AUT North Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Auckland 0627, New Zealand
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Most of my teaching within the Bachelor of Science is on phycology (seaweeds), marine ecology, aquaculture, and fisheries. I also teach a Master’s level paper on evolution.
My main research interest has always been seaweeds. Much of my 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".
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
Odeleye, T., Li, Y., White, W. L., Nie, S., Chen, S., Wang, J. and Lu, J.(2016) The antioxidant potential of the New Zealand surf clams Food Chemistry, 204 (1) , 141-149.
Balbas, J., Hamid, N., Liu, T., Kantono, K., White, W. L., Ma, Q. and Lu, J. (2015) Comparison of physicochemical characteristics, sensory properties and volatile composition between commercial wakame and wakame made from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida. Food Chemistry. 03/2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.03.079
Nottingham, C. and White, W. L. (2015) Annual Reproductive Cycle and Condition Index of the New Zealand Surf Clam Mactra murchisoni Deshayes, 1854 (Bivalvia: Mactridae). Journal of Shellfish Research. 34 (1), 1-8
White, W. L. and Wilson, P. (2015) World Seaweed Utilisation. In Seaweed Sustainability: Food and Non-Food Applications. Tiwari, B. K. and Troy, D. J. (Eds.). Elsevier Press, London, UK. Pp7-26
White, W.L., Millar, R. B., Farrington, G., Breen, D. and Selvaraj, S. (2015). Stock assessment of surf clams from Cloudy Bay, NZ. AUT Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand Report 15/01