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
Lorenzo Fiori

Contact us

Associate Professor Sebastian Leuzinger
Head of Applied Ecology
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6944

sebastian.leuzinger@aut.ac.nz

News
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.
Sebastian Leuzinger and Martin Bader doing research with kauri trees
Whale and diver
Whale in Kaikoura
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.
Sebastian Leuzinger and Martin Bader doing research with kauri trees
Younger trees keep older kauri alive
26 Jul, 2019
AUT scientists conduct study of how a kauri stump is keeping itself alive by holding onto the roots of neighbouring trees.
Whale and diver
Tongan whales affected by tourism
18 Jul, 2019
AUT research shows that the intensive swim-with-whale tourism in Tonga is disturbing natural behaviour patterns.
Whale in Kaikoura
The future of NZ’s marine environment
15 Jul, 2019
Two AUT researchers, Dr Rebecca Jarvis and Dr Tim Young, surveyed New Zealand’s marine scientists to discover the key areas where more research is needed.