- Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)
- Bachelor of Arts (Geography)
- Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning
- Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)
- Bachelor of Science (Ecology)
- Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Sustainability)
- Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
- Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
- Bachelor of Science (Zoology)
- Certificate in Science and Technology
- Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)
- Diploma in Arts (Geography)
- Diploma in Science and Technology
- Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography)
- Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology
- Graduate Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)
- Graduate Diploma in Arts (Geography)
- Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Geography)
- Master of Arts (Geography)
- Master of Environmental Management
- Master of Resource and Environmental Planning
- Master of Science (Conservation Biology)
- Master of Science (Earth Science)
- Master of Science (Ecology)
- Master of Science (Zoology)
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Environmental Sustainability)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Geography)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Geospatial Science)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Conservation Biology)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Earth Science)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Ecology)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Zoology)
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.
Bug identification service
Massey scientists provide a bug identification service. Email us with your enquiry.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Climate change indicators
Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of climate change like temperature, rainfall and drought.
Drinking water quality indicators
Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of current water drinking quality in New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recreational water health quality indicators
Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand, a Massey initiative, provides indicators of current recreational water health quality in New Zealand.
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.
QS Ranking - Environmental Sciences
Massey University’s environmental sciences programme is ranked in the top 250 in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
QS ranking geography
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for geography in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Meet our graduates
I decided to study at Massey University because I wanted my future to be open to working in a variety of fields, and this programme has helped me develop the skills to achieve that.Alexandra Egan
Massey master's student
Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management
My lecturers were always helpful, and I have found that a lot of what I learnt in my classes I use in my job every day.Ariana Blackwood
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Returning from fishing near Whangarei one day, I spotted a large pod of dolphins and a mother-calf pair of whales. It was then I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to working with whales and dolphins.Blair Outhwaite
Bachelor of Science (Marine Ecology) (now Marine Biology)
I knew about the great work the marine ecology group led by Professor Marti Anderson at Massey University was doing and their renowned expertise in statistics and data analysis, among other things, was exactly what I needed.David Acuna Marrero
Doctor of Philosophy
The lectures were well put together, and I found the topics really fascinating. Many of the courses are field work based and I loved being able to work in the outdoors.Ella Nisbet
Bachelor of Science (Earth Science)
I loved what I learned in my undergraduate courses and wanted to expand on this knowledge. The papers offered in the postgraduate conservation biology degree were very stimulating and relevant, which further fuelled my passion in conservationEmily Hotham
Graduate Ecologist at Boffa Miskell Ltd
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Conservation Biology)
The field work component of my geography studies greatly set me up for everything I do here (at Geotechnics). My company utilises a number of pieces of equipment that we learnt to use at Massey, helping me to step into this role quite easily.Goldie Walker
Senior Geophysical Investigation Specialist, Geotechnics
Master of Science (Geography)
There was a significant practical component to the courses which I was very excited about, and they are designed to help you find your passion while at the same time develop key skills that you can contribute in the workforce.Juhi Mascarenhas
Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Zoology
The variety of topics broadened my knowledge base and increased my ability to critically think about the ways in which scientific research impacts the world around us.Nimeshika Pattabiraman
Master of Science (Conservation Biology)
It was very satisfying to publish my research and see it become available to the scientific community.Sarah Dwyer
Doctor of Philosophy
Departments and staff
Find out more about the departments and staff involved in natural environment research at Massey.