Institute of Marine Science


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Snapper family ties provide new evidence on marine reserves
    18 October 2017
    A higher proportion of young snapper in fishing areas north of Auckland are related to adult snapper from the Goat Island Marine Reserve, confirming what scientists have long suspected: the reserve acts as a giant snapper nursery.
  • Husband and wife graduate same day with same degree
    26 September 2017
    Francesca Casu and husband Davide Zazzaro like to joke they do everything together so it’s no surprise that today they graduate from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science with matching doctorates.
  • The Gulf has a salty dawn chorus
    21 September 2017
    PhD student Rosalyn Putland documents daily, lunar, and seasonal cycles of the Gulf using NZ designed hydrophones. She tells the Gulf Journal more about the chorus beneath the waves.
  • Finding what's where
    21 September 2017
    Dr Rochelle Constatine, Associate Professor from the School of Biological Sciences, delivers a 2017 Hauraki Gulf Marine Park seminar about the pulse of the Gulf.
  • Major new investment in University of Auckland Science
    13 September 2017
    A handheld skin cancer diagnostic device and a project to explore how underwater sound can influence beer fermentation are just two of eight University of Auckland Faculty of Science research projects to be awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour Fund.
  • The biological chorus beneath the waves of the Hauraki Gulf
    02 August 2017
    The most comprehensive acoustic study of marine life in the Hauraki Gulf has recorded the whales, dolphins, snapping shrimp and sea urchins that create an ‘orchestra-like’ sound beneath the waves.
  • New Zealand the first country to start investigating multiple human impacts on the health of estuaries
    17 July 2017
    A large group of estuarine scientists and postgraduate students met at the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory late June as part of the National Science Challenge - Sustainable Seas.