Terrestrial Ecosystems

New Zealand’s terrestrial environment is unique with its high level of endemism (unique flora and fauna) -- at 80% it is second only to Hawaii --  which is a direct result of the country’s geographic isolation. The major pressures on our environment are from the intensification of farming, particularly dairying and the impact of introduced weeds and pests. The Environmental Research Institute has a strong focus on the restoration of the urban environment to increase biodiversity and reduce weeds and pests.

Areas of research expertise include:

  • Conservation
  • Forest fragments
  • Urban restoration
  • Urban planning and design
  • Catchment
  • Biodiversity
  • Wetlands
  • Microbiology
  • Soil biogeochemistry and microbiology
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Environmental and resource Law
  • Remote sensing and GIS