Institute of Marine Science


  • Sharks | A question of retribution
    01 October 2018
    Masters student Veronica Rotman asks, how long the Australian government will continue its barbaric cull in the name of public safety?
  • Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers
    19 September 2018
    Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for one week.
  • 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
  • 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.