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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

  • Thrush, S. F., Hewitt, J. E., Kraan, C., Lohrer, A. M., Pilditch, C. A., & Douglas, E. (2017). Changes in the location of biodiversity– ecosystem function hot spots across the seafloor landscape with increasing sediment nutrient loading. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1852). doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2861

  • 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

  • Stewart, B. T., Bryan, K. R., Pilditch, C. A., & Santos, I. R. (2017). Submarine groundwater discharge estimates using radium isotopes and related nutrient inputs into Tauranga Harbour (New Zealand). Estuaries and Coasts, 20 pages. doi:10.1007/s12237-017-0290-6

  • Bollen, M., Battershill, C. N., Pilditch, C. A., & Bischof, K. (2017). Desiccation tolerance of different life stages of the invasive marine kelp Undaria pinnatifida: Potential for overland transport as invasion vector. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 496, 8 pages. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2017.07.005

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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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