Dr Jenny Hillman

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Research Fellow

Research | Current

HILLTOPS TO OCEANS: Using green-lipped mussels to restore ecosystem services in the Hauraki Gulf​

Coastal marine ecosystems have high cultural, social, economic and environmental value in New Zealand. Shellfish beds, once extensive, make a significant contribution to the health and resilience of coastal ecosystems. This project provides practical scientific research to enhance shellfish restoration success and realise the full benefits of restoration. We focus on the endemic Green-lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus), and build on current and planned restoration projects to:

  • Determine the critical knowledge gaps to enhance the success of current restoration projects, and undertake research to address these gaps
  • Develop new techniques through interdisciplinary collaborations to increase knowledge of our coastal environments
  • Build capacity through engagement with iwi and communities to facilitate restoration of coastal environments
  • Improve the health, productivity, mauri and resilience of our coastal ecosystems

Postgraduate supervision

Current postgraduate supervision

Ecosystem services from restored green-lipped mussel reefs - Mallory Sea, PhD

Optimizing the process related to large-scale restoration of green-lipped mussel by using juveniles - Alex Alder, PhD

Restoring green-lipped mussel reefs in the Marlborough Sounds - Emilee Golden, PhD

Harnassing species-species interactions to improve coastal recovery efforts - Trevyn Toone, PhD

P. canaliculus larval dispersal and recruitment patterns on restored mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf - Sebastian Jemmett, PhD

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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 America10.1002/eap.2090
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush, Carolyn Lundquist
  • Hillman, J. R., Lundquist, C. J., Pilditch, C. A., & Thrush, S. F. (2019). The role of large macrofauna in mediating sediment erodibility across sedimentary habitats. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY, 65 (4), 683-693. 10.1002/lno.11337
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush, Carolyn Lundquist
  • Hillman, J. R., Lundquist, C. J., & Thrush, S. F. (2018). The Challenges Associated With Connectivity in Ecosystem Processes. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 510.3389/fmars.2018.00364
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush, Carolyn Lundquist

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 335
New Zealand

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