Our research

Read the latest research updates and news from the George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment.

A researcher scuba diving under water collecting kelp samples

This project will assess the value of restoring and conserving kelp forests for mitigating human CO2 emissions.

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Close up of a drone on a sandy beach

Providing marine ecologists, regional councils and the public with new tools and data to assist in preserving New Zealand's beautiful coasts.

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Soft sediment habitat on the sea bed

Unlocking the ‘black box’ of carbon cycling in marine soft-sediment habitats

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An adult koaro - one of five species of NZ whitebait

This research project aims to improve management best practice for whitebait.

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Statistical acoustics

Measuring change is challenging, but new technology and techniques may provide better tools for measuring ecosystem health.

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A new project, led by Dr Brendon Blue, examines how efforts to make Aotearoa New Zealand ‘predator-free’ by 2050 are being negotiated and enacted.

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Sampling water from Mahurangi Harbour.

Hilltops to oceans combines several projects to investigate the role of mitigation in natural ecosystems and the potential for enhancement through restoration.

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Deployment of diverse plastics materials.

Plastic pollution is a well-recognised threat to marine systems and waterways. This project aims to find solutions for this growing problem.

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Ocean acidification: information-based video

Watch our information-based video on ocean acidification in New Zealand, created as part of a science public communication series.


We have several seed funding projects underway in the George Mason Centre.

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Kelp underwater

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