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
Samantha Patterson
Helen Hoang
Ashleigh McNie
Claire Ellis
Kushaal Maharaj

Contact us

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


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