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.

What's on

Want to know what is happening? Join in the weekend ideas hackathon in April and download our What's On guide app to stay in the loop with other events and activities on campus throughout the year.

Seen a sick starfish lately?

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.

Tipping points and estuaries

Estuaries are important and productive ecosystems, yet they are increasingly under stress from nutrients and sediments running off the land. Find out more ‘tipping points’ in estuaries and Professor Simon Thrush's work.