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

Ellis Nimick
Tanayaz Patil
Claire Ellis
Kushaal Maharaj
Helen Hoang

Contact us

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

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Blue Economy research
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Kauri stump
The mysterious existence of Kauri stump
16 Feb, 2021
Such undead tree stumps have been observed for almost 200 years, but the evolutionary and physiological processes leading to their existence remain a myste
Climate Science 2020 – 10 New Insights
02 Feb, 2021
Professor Sebastian Leuzinger outlines some of 2020's significant findings within the field of climate science.
Beyond labs and lecture theatres 850
Beyond labs and lecture theatres
29 Jan, 2021
Research opportunities and field trips to estuaries, zoos, marine parks and intertidal shores are key components of AUT’s marine science programmes.
Blue Economy research
$2.7m for offshore aquaculture
29 Sep, 2020
AUT ecologist Dr Kay Vopel is leading a project to develop new protocols for offshore fish farming.
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
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