Institute of Marine Science


  • New Zealand Marine Science Society success for Marine Science
    06 July 2018
    This year's New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) proved successful for a number of Marine Science academics and students.
  • Restoring the Hauraki Gulf with mussels
    19 June 2018
    Dr Andrew Jeffs talks to Radio NZ about a project to restore the mussel beds in the waters around Auckland that could provide part of the answer to cleaning up the Hauraki Gulf.
  • University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor
    12 June 2018
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
  • University marine biologist wins environment award
    08 June 2018
    Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has been named inaugural winner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
  • Statistics key to measuring the health of New Zealand's kelp forests
    06 June 2018
    Dr Nick Shears, who shares his time between the Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Statistics, talks about his research exploring the issue of sedimentation and climate change on kelp forests in Auckland’s coastal waters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Researchers study underwater noise caused by shipping
    10 January 2018
    Doctoral candidate Rosalyn Putland and Associate Professor Craig Radford from the Institute of Marine Science combined sound recordings over a nine month period with automatic ship tracking data to track underwater noise contributed by shipping.
  • Ship noise affects ability of marine species to communicate
    10 January 2018
    University of Auckland scientists have carried out the first-ever large scale investigation into the effects of ship noise in the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Presents for penguins
    21 December 2017
    Marine scientists are researching ways to restore and sustain New Zealand's marine environments by studying kororā, or little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor). Find out how you can help.
  • The sound of fermentation
    15 December 2017
    The role of underwater sound infermentation, with a focus on beer yeast as a model organism, is Professor Andrew Jeffs’ latest research. Read more on page 21 of InSCight magazine.
  • Fish 'n chips 'n plastic on our dinner plates
    02 December 2017
    The plastic in our seas is being eaten by some of the creatures which live there, so when we eat fish or seafood, there is a risk we could be eating the plastic too.
  • Southern seas warming faster than northern New Zealand
    08 November 2017
    Three of the longest-running sea temperature records in the Southern Hemisphere have been analysed by scientists and show that while coastal waters near Auckland are not getting any warmer, southern New Zealand and Tasmania are.
  • Global mapping of ocean species provides insights for climate change and conservation
    06 November 2017
    Analysis of a global database by a University of Auckland research group demonstrates for the first time that the ocean can be classified into distinct realms based on the uniqueness of their animals and plants.
  • Shedding light on a whale of a mystery
    30 October 2017
    Dr Rochelle Constantine and former Marine Sciences student, Bhakti Patel, talk to Newsroom about their work on why Oceania humpback whales are recovering so slowly from near extinction after industrial the whaling era.
  • Study predicts changes in marine ecosystems
    19 October 2017
    A new study based on the first global survey of marine life by scuba divers has provided fresh insights into how climate change may affect marine ecosystems.