Professor Lindsey White

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Associate Dean - Research & Enterprise

Email: lindsey.white@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9115-1995

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Academic appointments:

  • Professor of Phycology and Fisheries, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)
  • Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise, Auckland University of Technology (2016 - ongoing)
  • Associate Dean - International and Enterprise, Auckland University of Technology (2014 - 2016)
  • Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology (2012 - 2019)
  • Head of School of Interprofessional Health Studies, Auckland University of Technology (2010 - 2014)
  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2004 - 2012)

Qualifications:

  • BSc (Bioligical Sciences), University of Auckland
  • PhD, University of Auckland

Overview:

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 the wild harvest and aquaculture angles as well as using seaweed components for commercial and nutraceutical purposes.

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 won the Peoples Choice Supreme Award at the Inaugural Kiwi Research Commercialisation Awards for research commercialization with Cloudy Bay Clams Ltd.

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. In 2016 I took up the role of Associate Dean - Research and Enterprise.

I am currently also on the Science Executive (40% appointment) of the Blue Economy CRC (https://blueeconomycrc.com.au/) and Deputy Lead of one of the five Research Programmes, Seafood and Marine Products.

I continue to teach, supervise and research within the School of Science at AUT.

Teaching summary:

Most of my teaching at both Undergraduate (BSc) and Postgratuate levels is on phycology (seaweeds), marine ecology, aquaculture, and fisheries.

Fields of research:

  • Ecology
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology)
  • Phycology (Incl. Marine Grasses)
  • Fisheries Sciences
  • Fisheries Management

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Member - MBIE College of Assessors - Endeavour Research Fund, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (2020 - ongoing)
  • Assessor - RSNZ Catalyst Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand (2019 - ongoing)
  • Board Member - New Zealander's for Health Research, New Zealander's for Health Research (2019 - ongoing)
  • Board Chair - Silver Line Charitable Trust NZ, Silver Line Charitable Trust NZ (2019 - ongoing)
  • Member - AUT Research Information Ecosystem Steering Group, AUT (2018 - ongoing)
  • Member - Research Committee of Academic Board, AUT, Academic Board, AUT (2016 - ongoing)
  • Chair - Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2016 - ongoing)
  • Member - AUT Postgraduate Board, Academic Board, AUT (2015 - ongoing)
  • Chair - Academic Promotion Committee, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2013 - ongoing)
  • Chair - Allied Staff Promotion Committee, Faculty of Health and Envionmental Sciences (2013 - ongoing)
  • Member - Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2010 - ongoing)
  • Member - AUT Academic Board, AUT (2010 - ongoing)
  • Member - Faculty Board, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT (2007 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Principal Investigator - $160,600 Automated Seaweed Harvester, Seafood Innovations Ltd. (2019 - 2020)
  • Co-Principal Investigator - $6.1m Microbial conversion of kelp to high nitrogen plant and animal feeds., MBIE Endeavour Fund (2018 - 2023)
  • Principal investigator - $459,716 NZ surf clams: optimisation of hydraulic dredge, Seafood Innovations Ltd. (2017 - 2020)
  • Principal Investigator - $163,000 A decision making framework to increase seaweed farming in the Pacific Phase II, New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (2017 - 2018)
  • Principal Investigator - $53,734 A decision making framework to increase seaweed farming in the Pacific Phase I, New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research (2017)
  • Co-Principal Investigator - $990,000 Developing sustainable fish aquaculture foods from seaweed, MBIE Smart Ideas (2015 - 2018)
  • Principal Investigator - $65,419 Biomass of surf clams in Fishing Management Area 7, Cloudy Bay Clams Ltd. (2015)
  • Principal Investigator - $56,215 Effects of harvesting and storage methods on yield and composition of fucoidan from, Bioresource Processing Alliance (2015)
  • Principal Investigator - $147,210 Increasing geoduck fisheries, Seafood Innovations Ltd. (2014 - 2016)
  • Principal Investigator - $50,000 Scoping study on the utilisation of Undaria pinnatifida from mussel farms in New Zealand, Plant and Food Research (2013)
  • Principal Investigator - $114,035 Biomass of surf clams in Fishing Management Area 8, Cloudy Bay Clams Ltd. (2012)
  • Associate Investigator - $780,000 Do marine fishes break the rules of hindgut fermentation?, RSNZ Marsden Grant (2009 - 2012)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Odeleye, T., Lu, J., & White, W. L. (2020). Cytotoxicity of New Zealand surf clam extracts against hormone sensitive cancer cell lines. Food Bioscience, 35. doi:10.1016/j.fbio.2020.100568

  • Odeleye, T., White, W. L., & Lu, J. (2019). Extraction techniques and potential health benefits of bioactive compounds from marine molluscs: A review. Food and Function, 10, 2278-2289. doi:10.1039/c9fo00172g

  • Odeleye, T., White, W. L., & Lu, J. (2019). Cytotoxicity of extracts from New Zealand surf clams against organ cancer cell lines. Biomedicines, 7(2), 1-14. doi:10.3390/biomedicines7020025

  • Zhao, Y., Zheng, Y., Wang, J., Ma, S., Yu, Y., White, W. L., . . . Lu, J. (2018). Fucoidan extracted from Undaria pinnatifida: Source for nutraceuticals/functional foods. Marine Drugs, 16(9). doi:10.3390/md16090321

  • Yang, X., Wang, S., Trangle, S. S., Li, Y., White, W. L., Li, J., . . . Lu, J. (2018). Investigation of different molecular weight Fucoidan fractions derived from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida in combination with GroA therapy in prostate cancer cell lines. Marine Drugs, 16(11). doi:10.3390/md16110454

  • Hassouna, A., Lu, J., Merien, F., White, W., & White, L. (2018). Fucoidan extracted from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida – physicochemical comparison against five other fucoidans: Unique low molecular weight fraction bioactivity in breast cancer cell lines. Marine Drugs, 16(12), 1-25. doi:10.3390/md16120461

  • Bi, D., Yu, B., Han, Q., Lu, J., White, W. L., Lai, Q., . . . Xu, X. (2018). Immune activation of RAW264.7 macrophages by low molecular weight fucoidan extracted from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 66(41), 10721-10728. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.8b03698

  • Thakur, V., Lu, J., Roscilli, G., Aurisicchio, L., Cappelletti, M., Pavoni, E., . . . Bedogni, B. (2017). The natural compound fucoidan from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida synergizes with the ERBB inhibitor lapatinib enhancing melanoma growth inhibition. Oncotarget, 8(11). doi:10.18632/oncotarget.14437

  • Odeleye, T., Li, Y., White, W. L., Nie, S., Chen, S., Wang, J., & Lu, J. (2016). The antioxidant potential of the New Zealand surf clams. Food Chemistry, 204. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.120

  • Balbas, J., Hamid, N., Liu, T., Kantono, K., Robertson, J., White, W. L., . . . Lu, J. (2015). Comparison of physicochemical characteristics, sensory properties and volatile composition between commercial and New Zealand made wakame from Undaria pinnatifida. Food Chemistry, 186. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.03.079

  • Nottingham, C. D., & White, W. (2015). Annual reproductive cycle and condition index of the New Zealand Surf Clam Mactra murchisoni Deshayes, 1854 (Bivalvia: Mactridae). Journal of Shellfish Research, 34(3).

  • Mak, W., Wang, S. K., Liu, T., Hamid, N., Li, Y., Lu, J., & White, W. L. (2014). Anti-proliferation potential and content of fucoidan extracted from sporophyll of New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida. Frontiers in Nutrition, 1. doi:10.3389/fnut.2014.00009

Book chapters

  • White, W., & Wilson, P. (2015). World seaweed utilisation. In B. K. Tiwari, & D. J. Troy (Eds.), Seaweed sustainability: Food and non-food applications (pp. 7-26). Amsterdam: Elsevier Press.

  • Brown, M. T., & Zemke White, W. L. (2006). New Zealand's seaweed resources. In A. T. Critchley, M. Ohno, & D. B. Largo (Eds.), World Seaweed Resources. Amsterdam: Degussa.

Reports

  • Slater, A., Millar, R., & White, W. (2017). Biomass assessment of Geoduc (Panopea zelandica) from northern Golden Bay in Fishing Management Area 7 (17/01). Auckland: AUT Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand.

  • White, W., Millar, R. B., Farrington, G., Breen, D., & Selvaraj, S. (2015). Stock assessment of surf clams from Cloudy Bay, NZ (15/01). Auckland: AUT Institute for Applied Ecology.

  • Wang, A. J., White, L. N., Lu, J., Taylor, S., & White, W. L. (2014). Impact of processing and storage methods on the quantity and quality of fucoidan from NZ Undaria pinnatifida (14/02). Auckland University of Technology: Institute for Applied Ecology NZ.

  • White, L., Lu, Y., & 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 (14/01). Auckland, New Zealand: Institute for Applied Ecology.

  • White, L., Lu, J., & White, W. L. (2013). Value of the invasive seaweed Undaria pinnatifida from NZ mussel farms: A scoping study. Wellington: Bioresource Processing Alliance.

  • White, W., Millar, R. B., Breen, B., & Farrington, G. (2012). Survey of subtidal surf clams from the Manawatu Coast (FMA8), October-
    November 2012. + Addendum
    . Auckland University of Technology: Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Shellfish Working Group (SFWG).