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.

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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 83089

Dr Karen Hytten

Lecturer in Environmental Management

Institute of Agriculture and Environment


Contact details

  • Location: 2.51, AHA
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Griffith University (2013)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management with First Class Honours - Griffith University (2005)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research focuses on the interface between science, politics, policy and the public. I have a strong interest in climate change politics and I am currently investigating the political discourses shaping social responses to climate change in Australia and New Zealand. I am also currently involved in research exploring the climate change impacts of food choices, and the potential for place-based climate change engagement in national parks.


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environment Policy (160507):
Environmental Management (050205):
Environmental Politics (160605):
Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Environmental Sociology (160802): Policy and Administration (160500): Political Science (160600): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Supervision and Teaching

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Florentine van Noppen - PhD
    Resilience and sustainable hill country land-use in Hawke’s Bay
  • Charlotte Przybylski - PhD
    Stress in a Conservation Context: Human and Kiwi perceptions on Intensive Management and Exhibition.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Aurathai Phongchiewboon - PhD
    Livelihood Strategies and Environmental Management Practices in Northern Thailand National Parks Communities

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