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Soil ecology (focusing on ecology of soil invertebrates), systems ecology (focusing on the interactions between human land use and biodiversity) , New Zealand's Biological Heritage (focusing on diversity and conservation of native invertebarte fauna).
If you are interested in studying for postgraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Soil Biology, or Systems Ecology at Massey University, contact me. I will help you to achieve your goals. Examples of projects involving soil invertebrates include: soil communities and ecosystem function; impacts of land management practices on soil invertebrate biodiversity; ecology of threatened NZ invertebrates; discovery and description of new species; ecological patterns in relation to abiotic gradients.
Other aspects of research focus on interdisciplinary approach and on using quantitative techniques to study the interactions between ecological systems and our economic activities, and the exchange in energy and matter between ecosystems and their environment. Examples include: sustainability assessment at the farm and catchment level by applying the paradigm of strong (biophysical) sustainability; energy and carbon accounting, combined with other environmental indicators such as nutrient loading, biodiversity, water quality, etc.
Current and Past Postgraduate Student’s Projects:
Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling (070104): Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100):
Biological Sciences (060000): Community Ecology (060202): Ecology (060200): Invertebrate Biology (060808): Population Ecology (060207): Terrestrial Ecology (060208): Zoology (060800)
Soil Invertebrate Ecology
NZ Biological Heritage - biology and conservation of native invertebrate fauna
SOIL AND INVERTEBRATE ECOLOGY
I'm interested in most projects that involve terrestrial invertebrates. Soil invertebrates provide a great study subject – they are present in most habitats, often in high densities, and the methods of their collection are well developed. My research in SOIL ECOLOGY focuses on native soil biodiversity; soil communities and ecosystem function; effects of environment and land use practices on soil invertebrate biodiversity; soil invertebrates as indicators of soil health.
I supervise a number of applied entomology projects on ecology, reproductive biology, behaviour, and control of insects with practical importance as pests, biocontrol agents, or alternative food sources (such as the black solder fly).
I encourage my students to use solid quantitative techniques, and to publish their research findings.
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