Institute of Marine Science


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Our institute

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.