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Professor Conrad Pilditch

Estuarine Ecology

Qualifications: BSc MSc (Dist) Otago, PhD Dalhousie

Personal Website: http://conradpilditch.wordpress.com

Research Interests

My area of speciality is benthic oceanography/ecology focusing on the processes that influence the structure and function of soft-sediment communities. Specifically, I am interested in how hydrodynamics and benthic organisms interact to affect sediment transport, recruitment, nutrient fluxes and food supply. Together with colleagues and students, research has been conducted in a wide range of environments ranging from the inter-tidal to the deep sea, a reflection of the extensive occurrence of soft-sediment habitats.

Recent Publications

  • Gladstone-Gallagher, R. V., Hughes, R. W., Douglas, E. J., & Pilditch, C. A. (2018). Biomass-dependent seagrass resilience to sediment eutrophication. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 501, 54-64. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2018.01.002

  • Douglas, E. J., Pilditch, C. A., Kraan, C., Schipper, L. A., Lohrer, A. M., & Thrush, S. F. (2017). Macrofaunal functional diversity provides resilience to nutrient enrichment in coastal sediments. Ecosystems, 13 pages. doi:10.1007/s10021-017-0113-4

  • Woods, S. M., Hogg, I. D. P., Pilditch, C. A., Duggan, I. C., & Banks, J. C. (2017). Using DNA barcodes to monitor zooplankton community shifts following introduction of common carp. In Genome Vol. 60 (pp. 1012). Conference held at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, South Africa: NRC Research Press. doi:10.1139/gen-2017-0178

  • McCartain, L. D., Townsend, M., Thrush, S. F., Wethey, D. S., Woodin, S. A., Volkenborn, N., & Pilditch, C. A. (2017). The effects of thin mud deposits on the behaviour of a deposit-feeding tellinid bivalve: implications for ecosystem functioning. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 1-17. doi:10.1080/10236244.2017.1364123

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Contact Details

Email: conrad@waikato.ac.nz
Room: R.2.20
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 ext 6132

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