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
Lorenzo Fiori
Claire Ellis
Alexandra Lischka

Contact us

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

kay.vopel@aut.ac.nz

News
AUT Ecologist Dr Bradley Case
Lindsey White
Antarctica funding granted
Ecologist Dr Nicola Day
Left to right: Ripley Dean, ranger; Len Gillman, AUT; Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation; Adam Willetts ranger; Rod Gates, trustee; Greg Innes, Trust Chair; Annie Everson-Dawn, trust secretary.
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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.
Lindsey White
AUT research guides Blue Economy project
12 Jun, 2020
AUT has commenced work on five studies which will guide international research on using the ocean for aquaculture and energy production.
Antarctica funding granted
AUT team joins global Antarctic project
06 May, 2020
The Australian Government has awarded AUD $36 million to a research program, Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF).
Ecologist Dr Nicola Day
Climate change report on Nature cover
23 Aug, 2019
AUT applied ecologist Dr Nicola Day has published paper on climate change in Nature which features on the cover.  
Left to right: Ripley Dean, ranger; Len Gillman, AUT; Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation; Adam Willetts ranger; Rod Gates, trustee; Greg Innes, Trust Chair; Annie Everson-Dawn, trust secretary.
AUT to work with Bream Head Conservation
29 Jul, 2019
AUT’s School of Science will work with the Bream Head Conservation Trust to rid Bream Head Reserve of pests.
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