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.

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Dr Diana LaScala-Gruenewald talks about her research into the declining numbers of spiny lobster and how much she enjoys exploring how animals survive and thrive in their unique environments. Read more.

New Zealand's own blue whales

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine is part of a team of researchers who say a group of blue whales found around the South Taranaki Bight are genetically distinct from those in the Pacific and Southern oceans.

  • Whale watch
    31 March 2018
    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.
  • 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.