Jacqui Stuart

Jacqui Stuart

Research Assistant

Role at Cawthron

Jacqui is a Research Assistant and PhD Student in Cawthron’s Molecular Algal Ecology group.

She is very passionate about investigating the ecological and molecular responses of phytoplankton to environmental stressors, particularly those related to climate change. Using molecular tools such as eDNA, she investigates the diversity and composition of marine communities and how they may shift with changing ocean conditions. Jacqui is committed to using her expertise to tackle the complex challenges posed by climate change and to promote a deeper understanding of the vital role that marine microalgae play in the ecosystem.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Antarctic Marine Microalgae
  • Climate Change
  • Molecular Techniques & DNA Metabarcoding
  • Phylogenetics
  • Marine Ecology
  • Toxic Marine Dinoflagellates
  • Science Communication


  • MSc (Marine Biology and Ecology) James Cook University (2019)
  • BSc (Computer Graphic Design) Waikato University (2011)

Achievements and Affiliations

  • Victoria University Wellington Doctoral Scholarship Recipient (2021)
  • Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship Recipient (2021)
Jacqui Stuart