School of Environment

Urban Environments and Ecosystems

The world is rapidly urbanizing, creating unique ‘urban ecosystems’ that are the subject of this research theme.  Our research addresses how bio-physical systems operate in urban areas and the role of humans in driving processes within these ecosystems.  Academic staff and students in this theme address terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric processes by using a broad array of techniques that integrate ecology, chemistry and hydrology.  Our research has direct implications for the governance, design and restoration of urban ecosystems in order to maximize environmental and human well-being.



Our research topics

  • Functional response of streams to urbanisation
  • Urban forests: above - and below ground carbon accumulation
  • Atmospheric CO2 dynamics in a residential area, Auckland
  • Urban atmospheres
  • Air pollution

Key Staff