Welcome to the Vivienne Cassie Cooper Institute of Marine Science


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

Vice-Chancellors Lecture Series 2018

Organised by the Faculty of Science, this four-lecture series addresses some of the barriers to inclusion, participation and success of diverse groups within, and beyond, education and employment.

Suffrage 125 Science

It's the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand and we're renaming our faculty, schools and departments to honour alumnae of note.

Discover your Science with us

We’re much more than just New Zealand’s top ranked science faculty. We are a diverse collaborative community, full of budding scientists ready to help you discover your passion and what makes you tick.

  • Meet the trailblazers | Ingrid Visser
    18 September 2018
    Read about alumna Dr Ingrid Visser's career as a world-leading expert in Orca whales as part of the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.
  • Japan’s whale kill ‘frustrating’ – marine researcher
    06 September 2018
    As Japan comes under fire from international conservation groups alleging more than 50 minke whales were killed inside Antarctic’s Ross Sea Marine Protected Area, New Zealand scientists say important research on whale populations is being undertaken without the need to hunt.
  • New Zealand can lead the world in ocean management
    20 August 2018
    Professor Mark Costello talks to 95bFM about how New Zealand can lead the world in ocean management that benefits nature and society.
  • Institute hosts international neuroethology meeting
    16 July 2018
    The University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Campus hosted a recent International Congress of Neuroethology Satellite Meeting. The meeting explored pattern formation in the central nervous system of vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Science majors week | choose your major Event as iCalendar
    17 September 2018 - 21 September 2018
    All students currently in their first year are invited to confirm or change their BSc major on Student Services Online (SSO), or discuss their major options with an advisor. Confirming your major(s) early is essential as it ensures that you're on the right path to completing your degree on time and with the subject areas that meet your goals.
  • Biodiversity on Earth | a voyage of discovery and surprises Event as iCalendar
    09 October 2018, 6 - 7pm
    This inaugural lecture by Professor Mark Costello explores his fascination with nature and how biodiversity informatics helps answer some big questions about life on Earth.