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)

  • Rowden, A. A., Stephenson, F., Clark, M. R., Anderson, O. F., Guinotte, J. M., Baird, S. J., ... Lundquist, C. J. (2019). Examining the utility of a decision-support tool to develop spatial management options for the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems on the high seas around New Zealand. OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT, 170, 1-16. 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.12.033
  • Hewitt, J. E., Lundquist, C. J., & Ellis, J. (2019). Assessing sensitivities of marine areas to stressors based on biological traits. Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, 33 (1), 142-151. 10.1111/cobi.13181
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judi Hewitt
  • Asaad, I., Lundquist, C. J., Erdmann, M. V., & Costello, M. J. (2019). An interactive atlas for marine biodiversity conservation in the Coral Triangle. EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE DATA, 11 (1), 163-174. 10.5194/essd-11-163-2019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Costello
  • Suyadi, Gao, J., Lundquist, C. J., & Schwendenmann, L. (2018). Characterizing landscape patterns in changing mangrove ecosystems at high , latitudes using spatial metrics. ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE, 215, 1-10. 10.1016/j.ecss.2018.10.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Gao, Luitgard Schwendenmann
  • Lundquist, C. J., Bowden, D., Cartner, K., Stephenson, F., Tuck, I., & Hewitt, J. E. (2018). Assessing Benthic Responses to Fishing Disturbance Over Broad Spatial Scales That Incorporate High Environmental Variation. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 510.3389/fmars.2018.00405
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Tuck
  • Asaad, I., Lundquist, C. J., Erdmann, M. V., Van Hooidonk, R., & Costello, M. J. (2018). Designating spatial priorities for marine biodiversity conservation in the coral triangle. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9 (NOV).10.3389/fmars.2018.00400
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Costello
  • 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, Jenny Hillman
  • Townsend, M., Davies, K., Hanley, N., Hewitt, J. E., Lundquist, C. J., & Lohrer, A. M. (2018). The Challenge of Implementing the Marine Ecosystem Service Concept. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 510.3389/fmars.2018.00359
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judi Hewitt

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 3, Room 320
New Zealand

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