Applied Ecology department

Known for its ground-breaking research, the Department of Applied Ecology is part of science at AUT.

Our programmes range from applied conservation and environmental studies to marine biology. The ability to understand issues about environmental resources and applying knowledge and research in practice are important components of this discipline.

Research in applied ecology

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across science.

More about our research

Research institutes

We work closely with the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand to engage in research important to national and global environmental issues.

Institute for Applied Ecology NZ website

Alexandra Lischka
Claire Ellis
Ellis Nimick

Contact us

Kay C. Vopel
Head of Applied Ecology
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6461

kay.vopel@aut.ac.nz

News
Swimming with whales
A pair of anemonefish hiding from divers in tentacles of their host anemone. Picture by Evan Brown, Auckland University of Technology, taken during an AUT marine biology fieldtrip for Pacific Island Ecosystems to the Solomon Islands
Prof Andrea Alfaro_1
Replacing farm animals with crops
AUT Ecologist Dr Bradley Case
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Swimming with whales
Swimming with whales: know the risks
23 Sep, 2020
Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance
A pair of anemonefish hiding from divers in tentacles of their host anemone. Picture by Evan Brown, Auckland University of Technology, taken during an AUT marine biology fieldtrip for Pacific Island Ecosystems to the Solomon Islands
Scaring Nemo
03 Sep, 2020
How do clownfish on coral reefs react to encounters with humans?
Prof Andrea Alfaro_1
AUT and Ocean Beach: Bluff aquaculture
27 Jul, 2020
The owners of the former Ocean Beach freezing works have partnered with AUT to turn its Southland site into a centre of excellence for aquaculture.
Replacing farm animals with crops
Switching farm animals for crops?
21 Jul, 2020
Climate Explained: What if we took all farm animals off the land and planted crops and trees instead? Professor Sebastian Leuzinger investigates.
AUT Ecologist Dr Bradley Case
Study - Non-crop vegetation helps farms
17 Jun, 2020
Non-productive vegetation on farms can increase ecosystem services such as decomposition and nitrogen mineralisation, according to a recent study.
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