Dr Mike Joy

Dr Mike Joy


Senior Lecturer
Institute of Agriculture and Environment


Mike teaches environmental sustainability to ecology and environmental management undergraduate students in the Institute of Agriculture and Environment. He teaches community ecology, global environmental issues, freshwater ecology, microbial ecology and runs a field based paper looking first hand at environmental issues in New Zealand. Topics of his postgraduate masters and PhD research supervision range from assessing farmer’s attitude to the environment to freshwater fish micro-scale habitat use.  

His research is also broad encompassing predictive spatial ecology using artificial intelligence and machine learning to developing practical freshwater biological assessment tools used by many Regional Councils and the Ministry for the Environment. Overseas teaching and research includes an associate professorial position at the University Lucian Blaga Sibiu Romania and developing biomonitoring tools in Southern Ireland and New Caledonia.

Mike is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand and has received a number of awards including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ ecological Society, an Old Blue award from the Royal Forest and Bird protection Society, he was named 2009 Environmental New Zealander of the year by North and South magazine and named 2012 person of the year by the Manawatu Evening Standard.

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