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

Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 2.51, AHA
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • 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 and the public. I have a strong interest in climate change politics and the social dimensions of wildlife management. I am currently investigating the political discourses shaping social responses to climate change in Australia and New Zealand and exploring drivers and barriers to the increased uptake of renewable energy and other options to mitigate climate change.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Australian Government and Politics (160601): Environment Policy (160507):
Environmental Management (050205):
Environmental Politics (160605):
Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
International Relations (160607): Policy and Administration (160500): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Hytten, KF. (2009). Dingo dualisms: Exploring the ambiguous identity of Australian dingoes. Australian Zoologist. 35(1), 18-27
[Journal article]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF., & Burns, GL. (2007). Deconstructing dingo management on fraser Island, Queensland: The significance of social constructionism for effective wildlife management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 14(1), 48-62
[Journal article]Authored by: Hytten, K.

Thesis

Hytten, KF. (2013). The Social Construction of Climate Change: Deconstructing the Australian Climate Change Debate.. (Doctoral Thesis, Griffith University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Hytten, K.

Conference

Hytten, KF. (2016, November). Creating an international network of environmental professionals: The unique opportunities created by the New Zealand Development Scholarship Programme. Presented at Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 'Foundations for Tommorrow'. Brisbane.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2016, September). The rise and fall of climate change in Australian politics: Climate change discourses across three Australian federal elections. Presented at Australian Poltical Studies Association Conference 2016 'The Politics of Justice and Rights: Challenges and Future Directions'. Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2011, July). A notable omission? The presence and absence of animals within Australian climate change discourses. Presented at Animals, People: A Shared Environment. Brisbane.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.
Hytten, KF. (2007, July). Dingo discourses: Constructions of nature and culture in the Australian context. Presented at Animals and Society II: Considering Animals. Hobart.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hytten, K.

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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