The site’s primary contributor, Catherine Knight, is a keen environmental history researcher, with a particular interest in human relationships with forests. Born and bred in the Manawatu, she now lives on the Kapiti Coast with her husband and little boy (who was born in NZ conservation week!) By day, she works in environmental policy, by night (and weekends) she tries to squeeze in a bit of research or writing. She and her husband also have a block of land in the picturesque Pohangina Valley in the Manawatu, where they are working to regenerate the bush [see: Creating our own Totara Reserve in Pohangina].
Catherine has a MA and PhD in Japanese Studies – both her theses focused on nature conservation and environmental management practices in Japan. Her research on Japanese perspectives and treatment of nature made her curious about attitudes to nature in her own country – New Zealand – and she soon found that, despite a small population and relatively short human history, New Zealanders (of all skin hues) have been remarkably destructive towards their natural environment.
Download Catherine’s Curriculum Vitae
Click here to listen to “Mountains, bears and conservation in New Zealand and Japan” – a podcast interview with Catherine by UK-based environmental historian Dr Jan Oosthoek.
See the Publications page for a list of Catherine’s publications on environmental history – both in New Zealand and Japan.
See the Services page to see what research, editing, quality assurance and other services Catherine is able to offer to your organisation.