Lisa Northcote


Job title and place of work

Geology technician, NIWA

What is your role in the CARIM project? What work package are you contributing to?

RA3—providing support for the filtering team and doing a whole lot of filtering myself.

What do you do on an average work day?

My average day is fairly variable as I am the sole lab tech for the Geology group as well as being available to help out other scientists, like Cliff Law. Typically, I am analysing marine sediment for for grain size and carbonate content, but I also work on foraminiferal (a type of plankton) assemblages, which can be used as proxies for climate change.

Why is studying coastal acidification important?

I think the impacts of climate change will have big impacts on future generations, especially for food gathering, but also coastal erosion as reef-building species could be compromised. Increasing our understanding of the resilience of some species to decreased pH and increased temperature is important for future generations.

What study did you do at high school? And after high school?

At high school my favorite subject was biology - consequently my BSc was in Botany and Ecology. My husband and I moved around a lot, so I started my degree at SFU in British Columbia, took a ten-year break and started up my studies again while we were living in New York, finishing my degree at VUW.

What outcomes from CARIM do you think there will be?

More understanding of how marine organisms relate to changes in pH and temperature.

What excites you about working on this project?

I love working as part of a team. It’s a bit like going to sea, without getting seasick!