Lisa Denmead

Marine and Environmental Tutor, Lisa Denmead


Faculty of Health, Education and Environment

Lisa joined Toi Ohomai in 2016 and teaches across all three years of the marine and terrestrial courses at Toi Ohomai. Her teaching areas include terrestrial and freshwater ecology, invertebrate biology, statistics, and legislation. 

She enjoys having the opportunity to travel with students on amazing field trips across New Zealand, which form part of our courses.

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

She started exploring her interest in the environment by studying a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Canterbury and went on to complete a Master of Science in ecology where she worked in forest remnants on farmland in the Waikato region. By the end of this period, Lisa was hooked on applied research, with a focus on invertebrate ecology.

Lisa decided to combine this passion with her love of travel, and moved overseas to complete a doctorate at a University in Germany and undertook her fieldwork in Indonesia. Her research focused on the ecological function of invertebrates in oil palm plantations.

Living in two different countries and going to several conferences while completing her doctorate allowed Lisa to travel the world.

Originally from the South Island, Lisa loves the Bay of Plenty’s climate and getting into the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and playing sport, particularly hockey.