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Our natural resources of land, water and air support our livelihoods, lifestyles and biodiversity. Massey University’s research around our natural environment is focused on understanding and creating a sustainable future for our unique flora, fauna and land.

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    Bug identification service

    Massey scientists provide a bug identification service. Email us with your enquiry.

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    Zero Waste Academy

    The Zero Waste Academy facilitates research and development engagement between the New Zealand waste and recycling industry and the University's academic community.

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    Facilities

      Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

      The Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium houses more than 40,000 flora specimens.

      The majority of our collection comes from New Zealand, but there are also many specimens from around the world. The majority of our material is from the North Island from the Volcanic Plateau, to Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki and south to Wellington.

      Dame Ella Campbell Herbarium (MPN)

      Marine Pathology Laboratory

      This specialised post-mortem facility on Massey’s Auckland campus has a primary focus on life history, diet and mortality assessment in marine mammals (particularly dolphins). It also supports work on small whales, seals, turtles, sharks, rays, penguins and other seabirds. The facility can accommodate several small animal dissections at once, or larger single animals up to 3m in length. Includes a walk-in -20°C freezer, +4°C chiller and vented specimen/chemical storage bunker.

      Massey Botanic Gardens

      This project is working to expand on Massey’s already expansive campus to create a botanic garden available for research, teaching and to the community across New Zealand and internationally. The garden will generate a wealth of information on restoration methods and the management of rare, threatened and endangered plants from around the world.

      Massey Botanic Gardens

      Massey University Reptile Facility

      The Reptile Facility on Massey’s Auckland campus consists of an outdoor area with 18 lizard enclosures, as well as an indoor unit with quarantine and experimental laboratories. It provides opportunities for research, teaching and conservation-focused activities involving New Zealand native lizards. It also hosts a captive breed-for-release programme for Duvaucel’s geckos. More than 140 lizards reared in the facility have been successfully released in association with local biodiversity restoration initiatives and as part of a long-term research programme that investigates the establishment success of translocated populations in different environments.

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      New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

      The New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank (NZIFSB) aims to collect the seeds of New Zealand flora, to conserve the biodiversity within New Zealand’s indigenous flora. Seed banking is a recognised conservation strategy to support in-situ conservation efforts.

      New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank

      Wildbase Hospital

      Wildbase Hospital has a number of areas dedicated to the care of wildlife, including a treatment room, intensive care ward, surgery suite and isolation ward. Five patient wards separate prey from predatory species. Specialist facilities include anaesthetic equipment, portable radiographic unit, endoscope unit, microscopes and chemistry analysers as well as a large-screen TV monitor for student viewing of surgical procedures and radiographs.

      Wildbase Hospital

      Resources

        Border health indicators

        Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of border health like infectious diseases and pests introduced to New Zealand.

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        Climate change indicators

        Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of climate change like temperature, rainfall and drought.

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        Drinking water quality indicators

        Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of current water drinking quality in New Zealand.

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        Fauna toolkit

        A joint project between Massey University, Canterbury Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Fauna Toolkit is a portal to 3D digitised models of bird bones from museum collections.

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        Guide to NZ Orthoptera

        Research material on taxonomy, ecology and evolution of New Zealand wētā and other orthoptera such as stick insects, grasshoppers and crickets. 

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        Indoor environment indicators

        Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of the current quality of our indoor environments - for instance heating, smoking rates and crowding in New Zealand.

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        Pollen database

        The pollen database allows you to search for information on the morphology, pattern, location and shape of pollen from New Zealand and around the world.

        Pollen database

        Recreational water health quality indicators

        Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of current recreational water health quality in New Zealand.

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        Wild Life New Zealand - book

        Authors Steve Trewick and Mary Morgan-Richards explore the biology of New Zealand from the perspective of evolutionary ecology. The unconventional style informs in an accessible way about New Zealand species, their interactions and their origins. Recognisable focal plants and animals form the starting point in each chapter highlighting a different type of creature and different biological processes.

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