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

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

More about our research

Tanayaz Patil
Ellis Nimick
Samantha Patterson
Ashleigh McNie
Helen Hoang

Contact us

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


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Ecology professor Sebastian Leuzinger on the question of whether Aotearoa is losing or gaining native forest.
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AUT Drone Lab Antarctic Conservation
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AUT’s Drone Lab is part of the Australian Research Council $A36m project Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) project.
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Climate Science 2020 – 10 New Insights
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Professor Sebastian Leuzinger outlines some of 2020's significant findings within the field of climate science.
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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.
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