Sustainability

Our environment

Our environment
"At Massey we are embracing the challenges of a new tomorrow, and redefining what it means to be a university in the modern age by crossing over classical boundaries into new territory, where linkages, synergies and new discoveries are made. In my work, I combine biological science with mathematical knowledge and statistical systems, to give us new insights and powerful tools to understand as well as measure and predict a whole range of impacts on our environment. It’s knowledge that is crucial for making decisions about how we manage our natural resources for the future."

Professor Marti Anderson, biologist and statistician.

Leaders from mathematics, statistics, biology and ecology are directing their combined expertise and analytic skills towards environmental issues at the Centre for Quantitative Biology and Ecology. As one of Massey’s newest initiatives, it pioneers the innovative use of statistical models to evaluate ecological systems, such as fish and shellfish along the country’s coastlines.

Alongside them, biology conservation researchers from all over the world are leading the re-establishment of native bird and reptile populations on predator-free offshore and mainland islands.

A key feature of all these activities is the strong use of quantitative and rigorous assessment tools developed in-house and used internationally and at home by iwi, local and regional councils, the Department of Conservation and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). These analyses allow important questions to be answered about environmental changes and impacts on fragile ecosystems and communities. The centre will be a touchstone of high-calibre interdisciplinary expertise for researchers in the private and public sector, as well as environmental consultants and regulatory agencies.

Harnessing the good qualities of waste while limiting the bad is what drives researchers at the Biochar Research Centre in Manawatu. Biochar technology is shaping up to be a critical tool in helping New Zealand meet its international obligations regarding carbon emissions and enhance future sustainability.

At the Centre for Energy Research in Manawatu, researchers are teaming up with industry partners on a range of projects. These include renewable energy supplies; efficient, wise energy use; and energy management to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. This reduces the costs of energy for all and provides sustainable energy solutions for people and communities who want to balance environmental concerns with their lifestyle.

Underpinning work across all fields of science is a bold initiative to educate and equip a new breed of scientist. Fusing broad knowledge with research skills to address the plethora of urgent ecological and economic issues of our time is the stimulus behind the Bachelor of Natural Sciences. At the heart of the programme are topics specifically designed to reach beyond classical science to include subjects such as sustainability, philosophy and project management, all offered using innovative teaching methods.

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