Emma is a molecular ecologist who uses genetic techniques and demographic models to answer questions on natural populations. The focus of her current postdoctoral research is using next-generation sequencing technology to investigate Bryde’s whale diet and its association with the seasonal change in the plankton community of the Hauraki Gulf. This “plankton to pooh” project is advised by Dr Rochelle Constantine, Assoc Prof Mary Sewell, and Dr John Zeldis, was awarded University of Auckland Faculty Research Development Funding.

Emma recently completed her PhD in Molecular Ecology at the University of Auckland and was supervised by Prof Scott Baker, Assoc Prof Rachel Fewster and Dr Shane Lavery. This work was supported by a Tertiary Education Commission Bright Futures PhD Scholarship and the NZ Department of Conservation. The research investigated the current population structure, abundance and recovery of the southern right whale around New Zealand and Australia (see recent publications).


Southern right whale at the Auckland Islands. Credit: Auckland Islands Team 2009.

Recent publications:

Carroll E. L., W. Rayment, A. Alexander, C. S. Baker, N. Patenaude, D. Steel, R. Constantine, R. Cole, L. Boren and S. Childerhouse. 2013. Re-establishment of former wintering grounds by New Zealand southern right whales. Marine Mammal Science. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12031

Carroll EL, Childerhouse SJ, Christie M, et al. (2012) Paternity assignment and demographic closure in the New Zealand southern right whale. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05676.x.

Carroll EL, Patenaude NJ, Alexander AM, et al. (2011) Population structure and individual movement of southern right whales around New Zealand and Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 432, 257-268.

Carroll EL, Patenaude NJ, Childerhouse S, et al. (2011) Abundance of the New Zealand subantarctic southern right whale population estimated from photo-identification and genotype mark-recapture. Marine Biology 158, 2565-2575.

Jackson JA, Patenaude NJ, Carroll EL, Baker CS (2008) How few whales were there after whaling? Inference from contemporary mtDNA diversity. Molecular Ecology 17, 236-251.

e. e.carroll@auckland.ac.nz

w. http://emmacarrollphd.wordpress.com

Post-Doctoral Fellow