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

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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). doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.8b03698

  • Zhao, Y., Li, Y., Jiang, K., Wang, J., White, W. L., Yang, S., & Lu, J. (2017). Rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food by biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticle based on nuclear magnetic resonance. Food Control, 71. doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2016.06.028

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hau, L., Robertson, J., & White, W. L. (2014). Metals in New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame). Open Journal of Marine Science, 4. doi:10.4236/ojms.2014.43016

  • Wang, S. K., Li, Y., White, W. L., & Lu, J. (2014). Extracts from New Zealand Undaria pinnatifida containing fucoxanthin as potential functional biomaterials against cancer in vitro. Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 5(2). doi:10.3390/jfb5020029

Book chapters

  • Zemke White, W. L., & Smith, J. E. (2006). Environmental impacts of Eucheuma spp. farming. In A. T. Critchley, M. Ohno, & D. B. Largo (Eds.), World Seaweed Resources. Amsterdam: Degussa.

  • 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.


  • 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).