Dr Carolyn Jean Lundquist

PhD (University of California, Davis), BSc (University of California, Los Angeles)

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

My research reflects my broad generic interest in marine ecology, and understanding the mechanisms underlying healthy functioning ecosystems.

My research interests are broad, ranging from larval dispersal and connectivity processes; marine spatial planning and marine protected area network design principles; disturbance and recovery dynamics in marine benthic communities; monitoring and predicting climate change impacts on marine systems; estuarine restoration (including shellfish and seagrass restoration, and mangrove management).

My research uses a combination of empirical research and modelling, with habitats including both rocky and soft sediments, and ranging from coastal and estuarine to the deep sea, and including temperate and tropical ecosystems. I believe strongly in applied science, and increasing communication between science and policy makers, such that best available science is incorporated into resource management and policy at local, regional, national and international levels.

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate research opportunities

  • Larval and post-larval dispersal and connectivity of coastal and estuarine species, using a range of techniques including hydrodynamic modelling, population genetics, chemical techniques, and in situ sampling
  • Mangrove seed dispersal and population connectivity (funded  by a NIWA MBIE programme)
  • Marine spatial planning and marine protected area network design, including design principles, biodiversity prioritisation (using Zonation or Marxan), social and economic analyses
  • Ecosystem services in the Hauraki Gulf
  • Climate change impacts on coastal and estuarine systems, including impacts of changing temperature, sea-level and wave climate on benthic communities
  • Mangrove management, with planned projects on: nutrient cycling in mangrove ecosystems; carbon sequestration in mangrove ecosystems; recovery times of benthic communities after mangrove removal (all linked to a NIWA MBIE programme)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bulmer, R. H., Stephenson, F., Jones, H. F. E., Townsend, M., Hillman, J. R., Schwendenmann, L., & Lundquist, C. J. (2020). Blue Carbon Stocks and Cross-Habitat Subsidies. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 710.3389/fmars.2020.00380
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Luitgard Schwendenmann, Jenny Hillman
  • Hillman, J. R., Stephenson, F., Thrush, S. F., & Lundquist, C. J. (2020). Investigating changes in estuarine ecosystem functioning under future scenarios. Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America, 30 (4)10.1002/eap.2090
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush, Jenny Hillman
  • Hillman, J. R., Lundquist, C. J., O'Meara TA, & Thrush, S. F. (2020). Loss of Large Animals Differentially Influences Nutrient Fluxes Across a Heterogeneous Marine Intertidal Soft-Sediment Ecosystem. ECOSYSTEMS10.1007/s10021-020-00517-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush, Jenny Hillman
  • Hamilton, D. J., Bulmer, R. H., Schwendenmann, L., & Lundquist, C. J. (2020). Nitrogen enrichment increases greenhouse gas emissions from emerged intertidal sandflats. Scientific reports, 10 (1)10.1038/s41598-020-62215-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Luitgard Schwendenmann
  • Suyadi, Gao, J., Lundquist, C. J., & Schwendenmann, L. (2020). Aboveground Carbon Stocks in Rapidly Expanding Mangroves in New Zealand: Regional Assessment and Economic Valuation of Blue Carbon. ESTUARIES AND COASTS, 43 (6), 1456-1469. 10.1007/s12237-020-00736-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Luitgard Schwendenmann
  • Zhao, Q., Stephenson, F., Lundquist, C., Kaschner, K., Jayathilake, D., & Costello, M. J. (2020). Where Marine Protected Areas would best represent 30% of ocean biodiversity. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 24410.1016/j.biocon.2020.108536
  • Hunt, H. L., Pilditch, C. A., Gladstone-Gallagher, R., & Lundquist, C. J. (2020). Spatial and temporal variation in the dispersal of clam populations on intertidal flats. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 52410.1016/j.jembe.2019.151291
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rebecca Gladstone-Gallagher
  • Davies, K. K., Fisher, K. T., Couzens, G., Allison, A., van Putten, E. I., Dambacher, J. M., ... Lundquist, C. J. (2020). Trans-Tasman Cumulative Effects Management: A Comparative Study. Frontiers in Marine Science, 710.3389/fmars.2020.00025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Fisher

Contact details

Alternative contact

Phone: +64 7 859 1866
Mobile: +64 22 050 2729
Email: c.lundquist@niwa.co.nz

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 465
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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