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Julian Lilkendey holding a snapper on a boat in New Zealand


Julian Lilkendey

Associate Investigator



Auckland University of Technology

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A Bit About Julian

Julian Lilkendey has a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Bremen and a Diploma in Biology from the University of Kiel. He has worked as a research associate at various institutions, including Auckland University of Technology, the Data Science Center at the University of Bremen, and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. Julian is researching coastal marine ecosystems and the impact of anthropogenic influences on these delicate systems. He aims to contribute to the conservation and restoration of the world’s most valuable coastal ecosystems and their biological resources while promoting human well-being and preserving biodiversity and indigenous socio-ecological systems. Particularly, Julian’s research focuses on studying how marine fish populations respond to challenging environmental conditions in terms of their functional responses. Julian firmly believes that responsible research data management is an essential prerequisite for integer scientific practice and provides a solid foundation for excellent and sustainable research and dissemination. Ultimately, his research promotes the understanding and restoration of the coastal marine environment and thus the well-being of local communities through innovative ways of generating and sharing knowledge.

Julian's Story

Julian Lilkendey is a marine ecologist with a passion for fish and a love of adventure.

Julian Lilkendey dissecting a fish in Mauritania

He's worked and lived in a variety of countries, including the United States, Senegal, Israel, Mauritius, New Zealand, and Germany.


With his extensive travels and cross-cultural experience, Julian is an excellent addition to the research team for the Connecting Coastal Communities project in the Solomon Islands.


Julian's expertise in fish ecology has taken him to some of the most beautiful and remote places on earth, from the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

But it's his engagement with the local communities that has really set him apart. Julian understands that the best research comes from listening to the people who live and work in the areas being studied.

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Now, Julian's experience has made him predestined for his latest project. Connecting Coastal Communities is all about building bridges between the scientific community and the local people of the Solomon Islands.

He's excited to dive into the rich culture and stunning marine life of the Solomon Islands and bring the local community together with the scientific community to create a brighter future for everyone.


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