Our Background

The University of Waikato has a long and proud tradition of integrated research on environmental issues. Since the establishment of the original School of Science in 1970, biologists, chemists and earth scientists have collaborated on research projects ranging from Antarctic biodiversity and ecosystems to lake restoration and sustainable soils.

The Environmental Research Institute integrates the work of several research centres and groups at the University, including the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research (CBER), the Coastal Marine Group (CMG) and the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR).

A key goal of the University is to be relevant to the region, and this has resulted in linkages with a range of environmental research partners, including CRIs, government bodies, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regional councils, local government and iwi/hapu, and the Port of Tauranga and Northport.

In bringing together the University’s wide-ranging environmental research expertise under one roof, the ERI offers current and potential partners a strong outcomes-based approach towards improving environmental resilience and management.