Associate Professor Lindsey White

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Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8065


Physical Address:

AG139, Office of the Dean

AUT North Campus

90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

Auckland 0627, New Zealand

Postal Address:

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

Auckland University of Technology

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142, New Zealand


PhD Auckland


I completed my 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 at AUT.

Teaching Areas:

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. 

Research Summary:

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".

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

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

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, 4, 163-173

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. Carbohydrate Polymers, 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. (2012) Induction and resuscitation of the viable but nonculturable state in a cyanobacterialysing bacterium isolated from cyanobacterial bloom. Microbial Ecology 63(1), 64-73. DOI 10.1007/s00248-011-9928-2