Natural environment


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Our natural resources of land, water and air support our livelihoods, lifestyles and biodiversity. Massey University’s research around our natural environment is focused on understanding and creating a sustainable future for our unique flora, fauna and land.



River Practitioners Workshop

26-27 June 2019

New Zealand river managers and engineers are tasked with working in some of the most dynamic river systems in the world. Sudden and rapid changes in these channels can render control and modification structures redundant, threaten their integrity, or undo months of river control work.

In this workshop we will introduce the key processes driving river behaviour in New Zealand.

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The International Symposium of Integrative Zoology

2-7 December 2019

The International Symposium of Integrative Zoology is an annual conference sponsored by the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) and the journal Integrative Zoology. In 2019 the conference is hosted by Massey in Auckland, New Zealand with the theme of 'Zoological studies for animal conservation'.

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6th International Palaeoflood Conference

27-31 January 2020

The 6th International Palaeoflood Conference is being held at Massey University in Palmerston North in January 2020.

The need for robust reconstructions of flood histories is ever more pressing in an era of rapid global change. Improved understanding of past river behaviour and flood series extension are required to properly inform and prepare river managers, and society as a whole.

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Bug identification service

Massey scientists provide a bug identification service. Email us with your enquiry.

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Zero Waste Academy

The Zero Waste Academy facilitates research and development engagement between the New Zealand waste and recycling industry and the University's academic community.

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Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

The Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium houses more than 40,000 flora specimens.

The majority of our collection comes from New Zealand, but there are also many specimens from around the world. The majority of our material is from the North Island from the Volcanic Plateau, to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki and south to Wellington.

Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

Marine Pathology Laboratory

This specialised post-mortem facility on Massey’s Auckland campus has a primary focus on life history, diet and mortality assessment in marine mammals (particularly dolphins). It also supports work on small whales, seals, turtles, sharks, rays, penguins and other seabirds. The facility can accommodate several small animal dissections at once, or larger single animals up to 3m in length. Includes a walk-in -20°C freezer, +4°C chiller and vented specimen/chemical storage bunker.

Massey Botanic Gardens

This project is working to expand on Massey’s already expansive campus to create a botanic garden available for research, teaching and to the community across New Zealand and internationally. The garden will generate a wealth of information on restoration methods and the management of rare, threatened and endangered plants from around the world.

Massey Botanic Gardens

Massey University Reptile Facility

The Reptile Facility on Massey’s Auckland campus consists of an outdoor area with 18 lizard enclosures, as well as an indoor unit with quarantine and experimental laboratories. It provides opportunities for research, teaching and conservation-focused activities involving New Zealand native lizards. It also hosts a captive breed-for-release programme for Duvaucel’s geckos. More than 140 lizards reared in the facility have been successfully released in association with local biodiversity restoration initiatives and as part of a long-term research programme that investigates the establishment success of translocated populations in different environments.

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New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

The New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank (NZIFSB) aims to collect the seeds of New Zealand flora, to conserve the biodiversity within New Zealand’s indigenous flora. Seed banking is a recognised conservation strategy to support in-situ conservation efforts.

New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

Wildbase Hospital

Wildbase Hospital has a number of areas dedicated to the care of wildlife, including a treatment room, intensive care ward, surgery suite and isolation ward. Five patient wards separate prey from predatory species. Specialist facilities include anaesthetic equipment, portable radiographic unit, endoscope unit, microscopes and chemistry analysers as well as a large-screen TV monitor for student viewing of surgical procedures and radiographs.

Wildbase Hospital


Border health indicators

Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of border health like infectious diseases and pests introduced to New Zealand.

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Climate change indicators

Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of climate change like temperature, rainfall and drought.

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Drinking water quality indicators

Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of current water drinking quality in New Zealand.

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Fauna toolkit

A joint project between Massey University, Canterbury Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Fauna Toolkit is a portal to 3D digitised models of bird bones from museum collections.

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Guide to NZ Orthoptera

Research material on taxonomy, ecology and evolution of New Zealand wētā and other orthoptera such as stick insects, grasshoppers and crickets. 

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Indoor environment indicators

Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of the current quality of our indoor environments - for instance heating, smoking rates and crowding in New Zealand.

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Pollen database

The pollen database allows you to search for information on the morphology, pattern, location and shape of pollen from New Zealand and around the world.

Pollen database

Recreational water health quality indicators

Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of current recreational water health quality in New Zealand.

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