Dr Paul Blaschke

PhD (ecology), BSc Hons

Environmental Consultant and Lecturer in Health and the Environment

Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I’m an ecologist by training and have been closely involved in cross-disciplinary physical/social science investigation, management and policy implementation in many areas, including flood and erosion reduction strategies, biodiversity management and planning, environmental and health impact analysis.

Recently I have focussed on environmental management in urban areas, and in particular the multiple benefits of urban open spaces for provision of biodiversity, ecosystem services (of course including climate change mitigation), amenity and recreation. I have also done work on the health and wellbeing benefits of contact with nature and natural areas generally.

I have convened the Diploma/Master of Public Health paper on Health and the Environment at Wellington Medical School since 2010, combining part-time university teaching at Otago and Victoria Universities with my independent environmental consultancy.

Contact paul.blaschke@otago.ac.nz or paul.blaschke@xtra.co.nz

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Relationships between exposure to nature and health and wellbeing benefits in New Zealand Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress, 2014
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Health and wellbeing benefits of conservation in New ZealandScience for Conservation. Department of Conservation, Wellington, 2013
Ecosystem services in urban areasIn Dymond J ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: condition and trends. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, Canterbury
Vegetation in Owhiro Stream catchment, Wellington South CoastBulletin Wellington Botanical Society, 2012, 54:70-94
The Porirua Harbour and its catchment: a literature summary and reviewReport for Porirua City Council and Wellington City Council, 2010
Integrated Planning and Managing of Natural Areas for Integrated Tourism PlanningInternational Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2009, 3:167-178
Nature-based tourism: panacea for sustainable development in New Zealand regions? Background paper, Review of Progress with Sustainable Development in New ZealandParliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Wellington, 2006