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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

  • Vopel, K., Del-Rio, C., & Pilditch, C. A. (2018). Effects of CO2 enrichment on benthic primary production and inorganic nitrogen fluxes in two coastal sediments. Scientific Reports, 8, 15 pages. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-19051-w

  • Jones, H. F. E., Ozkundakci, D., McBride, C. G., Pilditch, C. A., Allan, M. G., & Hamilton, D. P. (2018). Modelling interactive effects of multiple disturbances on a coastal lake ecosystem: Implications for management. Journal of Environmental Management, 207, 444-455. doi:10.1016/jjenvman.2017.11.063

  • Joensuu, M., Pilditch, C. A., Harris, R., Hietanen, S., Pettersson, H., & Norkko, A. (2017). Sediment properties, biota, and local habitat structure explain variation in the erodibility of coastal sediments. Limnology and Oceanography. doi:10.1002/lno.10622

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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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