Institute of Marine Science

A stingray swimminng in the sea

Our institute

Marine and coastal environmental challenges mount and the pressure on fisheries increases and reliance on aquaculture grows. Marine Science is 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 of 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 Institute of Marine Sciences’ Director, Professor Simon Thrush.

  • The Leigh Marine Laboratory

    The Institute of Marine Science's Leigh Marine Laboratory offers a close-knit and vibrant research community.

  • 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.

  • Contact us

    Contact and location details for the Institute of Marine Science, including a location map to Leigh Marine Laboratory and Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre.

  • Academic visitors

    Information for visiting academic staff and students to the Leigh Marine Laboratory, including contact and accomodation details.

  • About us

    Amazing Marine Science! Who will look after our coast and marine life if we don't?