Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research
The Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research facilitates a coordinated,
integrated approach to biodiversity and ecology research, consultancy, education
and advocacy. ‘Biodiversity’ here includes the diversity of genes, species,
populations, communities and ecosystems, and ‘Ecology’ has been added to emphasise
not only the intricate relationships among organisms but also those between
organisms and the physical environment.
In particular, the Centre addresses the need for
- cross-disciplinary team approaches e.g., using combinations of genetics,
ecology, systematics, biochemistry and physiology.
- overcoming traditional barriers between terrestrial, freshwater and marine
system research and consultancy.
- spanning the full range from fundamental and strategic research to applied
- working closely with end-users and communities to ensure beneficial environmental
- working with Māori to determine research needs, including ecosystems and
species of relevance to Māori.
- enhancing biodiversity and ecology knowledge capability via education programmes.
The Centre’s emphasis is on New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity and natural
ecosystems because the long history of evolutionary isolation has created highly
distinctive and unique biota and ecosystems. The Centre describes and assesses
biodiversity, researches how organisms and ecosystems function, how genes,
biota and ecosystems might be conserved or sustainably managed, and how to
restore damaged or degraded ecosystems.
The Centre’s geographical focus is the Waikato region and the wider North
Island but it also has important research and consultancy links with closely
related overseas ecosystems and environments e.g., Pacific Islands, Antarctica
The Centre hosts a Foundation for Research Science and Technology funded Outcome
Based Investment focusing on lake and urban ecological restoration. The research
leaders are Bruce Clarkson (urban restoration), David Hamilton (lake restoration)
and Brendan Hicks (pest fish management).
The Centre is located within the Department of Biological Sciences and most
of the staff are housed together in the top floor of R Block, specially developed
to facilitate the aims of the Centre. Access is via Gate 9, Hillcrest Road.
The website address for the Centre is http://cber.bio.waikato.ac.nz.
E-mail addresses for all the staff and information on research projects and
other activities can be obtained there.