Environment Research

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Our research integrates physical and biological sciences to address environmental issues.

Our expertise

Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services examine how species interact to complete their life cycles:  i.e., pollination, predation, seed dispersal, decomposition, and nutrient and energy cycling.

Environmental management

Environmental Management centres upon society’s impact on the environment and the management choices available to reduce or mitigate this impact. Given the interconnectivity between living species and their habitats, environment management decisions address both living and non-living elements of the biophysical environment.

Our research contributes to economic, social and cultural advancement through collaborative arrangements, innovative research and technology transfer.

Sustainability and systems ecology

We study the interactions between ecological systems and economic activity, and the exchange of energy and matter between ecosystems and their environments. Applications include sustainability assessment and energy and carbon accounting. The NZ Life Cycle Management Centre provides education, training and research to life cycle management professionals to meet consumer demand for green products. 

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.

Waste research

Massey’s Zero Waste Academy facilitates research and development with Palmerston North City Council and the waste and recycling industry.

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


  • Prof John Holland

    Prof John Holland

    Professor in Environment Management - Institute of Agriculture and Environment

  • Dr Karen Hytten

    Dr Karen Hytten

    Lecturer in Environmental Management - Institute of Agriculture and Environment

  • Associate Professor Bob Stewart

    Associate Professor Bob Stewart

    Associate Professor - Institute of Agriculture and Environment

    My research activity is diverse, ranging from the application of volcanic petrology and geochemistry to volcanic hazards and magma processes, emergency management, metal uptake by plants through to mine reclamation. I have had an active involvement with the mining industry in research and as a reclamation consultant since 1987 and hold a current CPAg (Certified Agricultural Practioner) certification. I have published over 90 journal articles and book chapters, two in Nature, I teach courses in mineralogy and petrology, structural geology land use evaluation, emergency management and environmental management. I also manage a mineralogical analysis laboratory (FTIR, XRD and microprobe).

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