Michael graduated from Auckland University with a PhD in zoology. His research interests have shifted from straight science to the interface between science and society, particularly regarding the use of animals in New Zealand. Michael's research interests are in the scientific, ethical and policy issues surrounding animal use. He has particular interests in the ethics of animal experimentation, and intensive “factory” farming in New Zealand.
Michael is also interested in raising awareness of the environmental consequences of intensive farming. He has been teaching courses in environmental monitoring, resource management and animals and society.
Morris, M.C. 2011. Factory Farming and Animal Liberation in New Zealand. Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Wellington. Latest edition (2012) available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/176657
Morris, M.C. (2013) Improved animal welfare is more related to income equality than it is to income. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 16 (2), (in press)
Morris, M.C. (2012) The tragedy of the commons fishing game. Waikato Journal of Education 17, 43-56.
Morris, M.C.; Keesing, B.L.; Payne, M.D. and Dutta, D. (2011) Woolly nightshade (Solanum mauritianum) extract has no significant effect as a weed control in onion (Alium cepa) fields. Journal of Negative Results 8, 1-5.
Morris, M.C. and Beatson, P. (2011) Animal suffering in New Zealand: can science make a difference? Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal ofSocial Sciences online 6, 124-132.
Morris, M.C. (2011). The use of animals in New Zealand: regulation and practice. Society and Animals 19, 366-380.
Morris, M.C. 2009. Middle Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, and Animals: A Review of the Treatment of Nonhuman Animals and Other Sentient Beings in Christian-Based Fantasy Fiction. Society and Animals 17, 343-356.
Morris, M.C. 2009. The ethics and politics of animal welfare in New Zealand. Broiler chicken production as a case study. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 22, 15-30.
Morris, M.C. 2007. How should Christians treat animals? Stimulus 15, 59-65.
Morris, M.C. 2006: The ethics and politics of the layer hen debate in New Zealand. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 19,495-514.
Morris, M.C. and Thornhill, R.H. 2006: Animal liberationist responses to non-anthropogenic animal suffering. Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 10, 355-379.
Weaver, S.A. and Morris, M.C. 2004: Science, pigs and politics: a New Zealand perspective on the banning of sow stalls. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17, 51-66.
Morris, M.C. 2004: Dissection in secondary schools. New Zealand Science Teacher 105, 27-30.
Morris, M.C. and Thornhill, R.H. 2003: Animal rights and theories of origins: a plea for unity. Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 7, 338-355.
Morris, M.C. and Weaver, S.A. 2003a: Ethical issues associated with possum research and control in New Zealand. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 16, 367-385.
Morris, M.C. and Weaver, S.A. 2003b: Minimising harm in agricultural animal experiments in New Zealand. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 16, 421-437.
Morris, M.C. 2003: Issues associated with research on sheep parasite control in New Zealand – a descriptive ethic. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 16, 187-207.