Lisa Denmead

Marine and Environmental Tutor, Lisa Denmead

Senior Academic Staff Member

Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment

I joined Toi Ohomai 2016 and teach across all three years of our marine and environmental diploma/degree courses. My teaching areas include terrestrial and freshwater ecology, invertebrate biology, statistics and legislation. 

I enjoy having the opportunity to travel with students on of the amazing field trips across New Zealand, which forms part of the course.

I love teaching at Toi Ohomai because we really get to know our students and see them progress through their studies and into careers they love. 

I started off exploring my interest in the environment with a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Canterbury, and went on to complete my Master’s in Ecology, working in forest remnants on farmland in the Waikato. By the end of this period I was hooked on applied research, with a focus on invertebrate ecology. I decided to combine this passion with my love of travel, so I moved overseas and completed my doctorate at a University in Germany, with my field work based in Indonesia. My research focused on the ecological function of invertebrates in oil palm plantations. Living in two different countries and going to a number of conferences while completing my doctorate Gave me the opportunity to travel the world.

I’m originally from the South Island, but love the Bay of Plenty’s climate and outside of work love getting into the outdoors, spending time with friends and family and playing sport (especially hockey!)