Ecology Research

ecology-research-collage.jpg Our research looks at the distributions, abundance, and population dynamics of organisms, and their interactions with each other in a common environment.

Our expertise

Biodiversity and biogeography

The nature of a community is best described by its diversity: i.e., the number and abundance of different species. Our research focuses on understanding and modelling biodiversity patterns on habitat, regional and global scales, particularly in relation to natural and anthropogenic disturbance.

Community ecology

Community ecology studies the interactions between two or more species and their environment. Our research emphasis is on testing and applying current models and theories in community ecology.

Freshwater ecology

We do pure and applied research on the biological, physical and chemical characteristics of inland water bodies. We focus on river, stream and lake fauna, and how we can maintain or enhance that fauna in the face of rapidly expanding human demand for freshwater.

Freshwater ecosystem management and modelling

We apply research in theoretical ecology and ecological modelling to freshwater ecosystem management, conservation and bioassessment. Massey's Centre for Freshwater Ecosystem Management and Modelling (FEMM) draws together relevant research skills. Massey’s Innovative River Solutions research centre unites skills in physical geography, ecology, hydrology, soil science, and Geographic Information Systems to solve water-management issues.

Plant ecology

We study the adaptation of plants (natives and exotics), their communities and vegetation types to environmental stresses. We also research the impact and management of invasive plant species.

Population ecology

We seek to explain and predict the dynamics of populations, through data on survival, reproduction and movements. This includes research on networks of semi-connected populations, or metapopulations. Population ecology is applied to species recovery and sustainable use of populations.

Soil ecology

Our research focuses on soil communities and ecosystem function: i.e., the role of soil invertebrates in soil health and productivity; the impact of land-management practices on soil invertebrate biodiversity; the ecology of threatened soil invertebrates; and soil ecological patterns in relation to abiotic gradients.

Learn more about soil invertebrates.

For more information about our research activity, click on individual researchers' names below.

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