Antarctic Ecosystems

The University of Waikato has been home to Antarctic research for more than 50 years, with a focus on Antarctic terrestrial biodiversity and biocomplexity in the Ross Sea region. Researchers at the Environmental Research Institute are providing the science that will underpin the conservation, protection, and management of terrestrial ecosystems, and predict the effects of environmental impacts, such as climate change. The Institute is also seeking to re-establish marine programmes on marine biodiversity, drawing on Professor Chris Battershill’s previous work.

Areas of research expertise include:

  • Biodiversity and biocomplexity
  • Chemical ecology
  • Marine biodiversity, ecology and community dynamics
  • Terrestrial microbiology
  • Terrestrial ecology
  • Terrestrial biogeochemistry
  • Remote sensing and GIS

For more information, check out the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR) website.

Other ERI research themes