Research case studies

ESR undertakes a range of research that both informs our work and helps solve our clients' problems. To read examples of the research we have undertaken, sortable by science discipline, read the case studies below.

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Mussels

Recreational shellfish gathering guidelines

New Zealand has a strong cultural relationship with the oceans. The recreational gathering of coastal seafood such as mussels, pāua, pipi and cockles has strong traditional origins with Māori but it is practised by members of communities across all sectors of society.

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Managing the risk of emerging organic contaminants

Emerging Organic Contaminants (EOCs) are natural or manufactured chemicals in household and personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and agrichemicals; their use and discharge is largely unregulated.

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Optimising the process for microplastic analysis

Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that come from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, clothing, and industrial processes.

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Engaging communities to reduce contaminants in biowaste

Every day we use dozens of household cleaning products and personal care products. These get flushed down the drain and into our wastewater systems or septic tanks, but what happens to them when they're out in our environment?

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Healthy Tonga

Providing public and environmental health support to the tourism industry in Tonga

ESR works in partnership with the Tongan Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour and the Tongan Ministry of Health to provide public and environmental health support to the tourism industry in Tonga. 

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Virus removal in wastewater

The Virus Removal in Wastewater project is an ESR-led research group that aims to advance knowledge of the efficiency and relative importance of processes involved in virus removal in natural wastewater systems such as oxidation ponds.

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