Connected Land, Water, and Life

Our research connects biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity across systems at scales from atoms to the globe, to ensure sustainable ecosystem function.

Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science

Our research connects biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity across systems at scales from atoms to the globe, to ensure sustainable ecosystem function. We have particular research strength in native forests, agricultural systems, wetlands, lakes and rivers, estuaries, and marine ecosystems, as well as the energy, water, carbon and nutrients that flow between them.

Below you will find some of our recent research to better understand ecosystem function and health, along with the staff who contribute to the Connected Land, Water, and Life research theme. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with any of our research staff if you'd like more information or if you think that there might be an opportunity for a new research partnership.

Recent rese

Recent research highlights

kakahi

What is the best method for iwi to monitor kākahi populations in their lakes?

pacific dating

Why are we still unable to refine the chronology of NZ colonisation beyond a three tiered model of time?

Can hydraulic design explain patterns of leaf water isotopic enrichment in C3 plants?

BioHeritage Eco-index researchers are harnessing current knowledge in new ways with the goal of restoring our natural heritage – ngā taonga katoa. Does this make it better or worse?

Understanding the role of mycorrhizas and soil nutrient stoichiometry in shaping forest patterns across the south temperate zone.

Congratulations to Shari Gallop!

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Staff contributing to this research theme

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Dr Aaron Wall

Senior Research Officer

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Associate Professor Adam Hartland

Associate Professor

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Dr Andrew Barnes

Senior Lecturer

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Professor Brendan Hicks

Adjunct Professor

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Associate Professor Charles Lee

Co-Director of Environmental Research Institute

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Professor Christopher Battershill

Director of Science - Tauranga

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Dr Chrissie Painting

Senior Lecturer

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Associate Professor Chris Lusk

Associate Professor

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Professor Conrad Pilditch

Adjunct Professor Marine Science CP

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Associate Professor Fiona Petchey

Associate Professor

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Dr Hazel Needham

Deputy Academic Team Leader- Marine Science and Aquaculture

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Associate Professor Ian Duggan

Deputy Team Leader of Ecology, Biology and Animal Behaviour

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Associate Professor Joanne Ellis

Academic Team Leader of Marine Science and Aquaculture

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Associate Professor Julia Mullarney

Academic Team Co-Leader of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Professor Karin Bryan

Adjunct Professor Marine Science KB

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Dr Kiri Wallace

Research Fellow

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Professor Margaret Barbour

Dean of Te Aka Mātuatua - School of Science

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Associate Professor Michele Prinsep

Academic Team Leader of Chemistry and Applied Physics

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Associate Professor Mike Clearwater

Academic Team Leader of Ecology, Biology and Animal

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Dr Rebecca Lawton

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Tanya O'Neill

Senior Research Fellow