Institute of Marine Science
Marine and coastal environmental challenges mount, pressure on fisheries increases and reliance on aquaculture grows. Marine Science is increasingly important in defining future pathways to sustainability.
The University of Auckland has a prime South Pacific location, a 50-year legacy with its Leigh Marine Laboratory, and recent multimillion dollar investment in marine science facilities.
The University has now brought Marine Science study together in the Institute for Marine Science (IMS), a new structure where students will benefit from highly creative and stimulating cross-disciplinary study options across the Faculty of Science.
The IMS draws on marine science expertise within the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Environment, and the Departments of Physics, Statistics and Engineering Science. It maintains collaborations with a range of New Zealand and overseas businesses and research organisations, including NIWA, the Cawthron Institute and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Message from the Director
A welcome message from the IMS’ Director, Professor Simon Thrush.
The Leigh Marine Laboratory
The laboratory acts as the University's 'marine campus', at the edge of the Goat Island Marine Reserve about 100 kilometres north of the city of Auckland and the University’s main campus.
The Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science
A joint venture between the University and NIWA, maximising the university's strengths in coastal science and marine ecology and NIWA’s complementary expertise in oceanography and modelling.
The Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
The centre aims to communicate the work of the institute to public visitors. It runs education experiences for school children on marine science and conservation of our oceans. Centre facilities can also be booked for group visits.
Collaborations and associations
The Institute of Marine Science collaborates with a range of New Zealand and overseas businesses and research organisations.
Where to find us.
Information for visiting academic staff and students to the Leigh Marine Laboratory.