Environmental Science department

Known for its ground-breaking research, the Department of Environmental Science 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 environmental science

The Department of Environmental Science is known for its ground-breaking research. Using a holistic Earth system science approach, our research unravels the ecological and social processes that connect terrestrial with aquatic ecosystems.

More about our research
Tanayaz Patil
Kushaal Maharaj
Samantha Patterson
Ellis Nimick
Ashleigh McNie

Contact us

Kay C. Vopel
Head of Environmental Science
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6461


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Ecology contribution
Climate explained - ice age
Climate explained
News pattern
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Research a step to predict ocean future
25 Nov, 2021
Research which sheds light on the response of coastal ecosystems to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide will help predict the future of coastal waters.
Ecology contribution
Revising approach on exotic species
23 Nov, 2021
Considering climate change and species loss, fighting all exotics maybe counterproductive to the ecosystems we’re trying to save, says AUT ecologist.
Climate explained - ice age
Climate explained: what is an ice age?
29 Sep, 2021
AUT geology professor, Michael Petterson, on what they are and how often they happen.
Year 11 students try AUT research
13 Sep, 2021
Year 11 students flex their research muscles at AUT on real-life problem of climate change impacting aquaculture under Prof. Andrea Alfaro’s leadership.
Climate explained
Are we gaining or losing native forest?
15 Jul, 2021
Ecology professor Sebastian Leuzinger on the question of whether Aotearoa is losing or gaining native forest.
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