Welcome to the Institute of Marine Science


The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) brings together the wide range of expertise and facilities at The University of Auckland to work towards improving our understanding of the marine environment.

The Inside Word

Are you wanting to know what life is REALLY like at uni? Classes, events, money, studying, stressing… Get the Inside Word, straight from the people who are experiencing it. Follow the blog to find out about your first year of study.

Underwater noise caused by shipping

Doctoral candidate Rosalyn Putland and Associate Professor Craig Radford combined sound recordings over a nine month period with automatic ship tracking data to track underwater noise contributed by shipping.

Whale watch

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has recently returned from an MBIE-funded voyage to the new Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area. She talks to Kim Hill about baleen whales and more.

  • Bigger waves needed to turn the tide on plastics
    15 March 2018
    Emily Frost (Biological Sciences) urges the government to do more to fight plastic pollution in our seas and notice the work by NZ’s environmental groups.
  • Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Society
    09 March 2018
    The Postdoctoral Society is going from strength to strength since their inaugural research symposium in 2016.
  • Tipping points and estuaries
    08 March 2018
    Estuaries are important and productive ecosystems, yet they are increasingly under stress from nutrients and sediments running off the land. Find out more about ‘tipping points’ in estuaries and Professor Simon Thrush's work.
  • Seen a sick starfish lately
    16 February 2018
    A wasting disease is killing starfish around the world and now scientists are concerned that a change in sea temperatures might mean the disease could start to have an effect on New Zealand starfish species.
  • Scarce few whales located off warm waters of south Taranaki coast
    16 February 2018
    A NIWA expedition, supported by University of Auckland, has managed to put trackers on only two blue whales, due to warmer waters changing the mammal's movements.
  • Apply now for a 2018 graduate teaching assistant opportunity
    01 February 2018
    The Faculty of Science invites expressions of interest from postgraduate students for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions in 2018.
  • Register now | Three-Minute Thesis Competition 2018
    19 April 2018
    Could you explain an 80,000 word thesis in just 180 seconds? This year's 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges postgraduate students to communicate their research to a general audience in just 3 minutes with a single presentation slide. The Faculty of Science heats will be held on 21 May. Register now.
  • Looking for a PhD candidate for funded research on ecosystem function in coastal soft-sediment habitats
    16 April 2018
    The Institute is looking for a PhD candidate for a funded research project. The successful applicant would be working on determining how ecosystem function could be affected by climate change in coastal marine habitats.
  • Post-doctoral research fellow wanted
    13 April 2018
    The Institute seeks to appoint a Post-doctoral research fellow to research ecological processes in intertidal or shallow subtidal marine sediments - linking knowledge of ecosystem structure and function to ecosystem dynamics. This is a full-time position for a fixed-term of two years to support the Institute Director, Professor Simon Thrush.