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Rugged coastal bay imageThe Centre for Sustainability investigates:

  • Environment governance
  • Conservation biology
  • Insect behaviour and evolution
  • Socioecological systems
  • Conservation mātauranga

Lead researcher interests and projects

Associate Professor Priscilla Wehi

Director, Te Pūnaha Matatini, Centre of Research Excellence

Priscilla Wehi thumbAssociate Professor Priscilla Wehi is a conservation biologist whose research has two main research themes: ecological knowledge; evolutionary ecology, and especially foraging behaviour, including isotope and nutrient analyses of diet, and socioecological relationships, including cultural environmental management.



  • Kaitiakitanga and Antarctic narratives (Marsden Fund)
  • Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, Introduced Species and the new New Zealand Environment (Rutherford Fellowship Royal Society)
  • Ross Sea research and monitoring programme: Is the world's largest MPA effective? (NIWA)

Completed environment and ecological systems research projects

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