About


The George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment (GMCNE) is a nexus of research for and about the natural environment.

George Mason sitting and facing the camera with a green folliage in the background
Dr George Mason

The natural environment defines New Zealand, from our mountains to the sea we have a unique natural heritage. We benefit from our natural environment in many ways, but we also degrade it. The pressures of environmental change need leadership in demonstrating local answers to what are international problems.  Contributing positive solutions to support conservation, restoration and sustainability requires interdisciplinary research and collaboration in research partnerships with governance and society.

Major challenges for the George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment include:

  • restoring species, habitats and ecosystems
  • defining ways to support conservation in the face of environmental change
  • identifying and testing new technologies to support sustainability
  • revealing the connections within and between nature and society to inform actions and innovative policy

The GMCNE will be a major environment focused research centre that helps us offer a new, independent voice, backed by strong scholarship and empirical evidence, to inform the often heated debates over the future of our wonderful country – and oceans.  Educating brilliant, passionate minds it will bring fresh ideas to accelerate research and translate findings into positive solutions.

Help us create a legacy of solutions-focused research and applications.

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