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Our research integrates physical and biological sciences to address environmental issues.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 84869
I am an Associate Professor and Programme Leader for the Earth Science programme, and Manager of the Environmental Management programme. I have a good track record with numbers of postgraduate students supervised across my research interests. I have long-term collaborations with colleagues, both nationally and internationally, that have resulted in a number of publications, and regularly present papers at national and international conferences.I have also developed international linkages, working in laboratories in Australia and the USA, together with involvement in field work in Vanuatu. I have organised 3 national conferences and been involved in organising two international conferences. I am a past president of the Geosciences Society of NZ and was a member of FOSTS, the interim board of the Royal Society during its restructuring. I have recieved a Prince and Princess of Wales Award for overseas study and a Massey University Research team Medal. I am a member of: Taranaki Seismic and Volcanic Advisory Group, Central Plateau Volcanic Advisory Group, Massey University Emergency Management Team and the Professional Development Subcommittee, International Association of Emergency Managers, Oceania Region.
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).
Volcanic petrology and mineralogy
phytoremediation and phytomining
Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Earth Sciences (040000):
Environmental Impact Assessment (050204): Environmental Management (050205): Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Geochemistry (040200): Geology (040300): Mineralogy and Crystallography (040306): Natural Hazards (040604): Palaeoclimatology (040605): Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience (040600): Volcanology (040314)
petrology, mineralogy, FTIR, XRD, microprobe, land use, emergency management, volcanic hazard, mine reclamation, oxygen isotopes, paleoclimate, phytoremediation, phytomining, renal calculi analysis
Project Title: Living with Volcanic Risk
Date Range: 2004 - 2015
Funding Bodies: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology; Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltd
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